THE PRIMARY FOCUS is on strengthening students' executive function skills (organization, prioritization, initiation of tasks, study skills, time management, goal-setting, planning). Engaging Minds offers a unique approach to traditional tutoring in that we teach students how to learn and provide them with academic skills and strategies they need to succeed over the long-term.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS
The foundation of academic success.
Research has shown that many students who struggle academically are not less intelligent than their peers, but instead, often do not have the tools and strategies they need to effectively organize, prioritize, self-direct, and self-monitor their knowledge and understanding.
The term “executive function” refers to the cognitive control processes of the brain that impact all domains of behavior. Executive functions allow us to organize information for learning, prioritize ideas or assignments, initiate tasks, set goals and develop plans for how to attain them, plan steps for problem- solving, shift flexibly between different ideas or tasks, hold and mentally manipulate information, and focus our attention.
Research reveals that there are three major stages of executive function development in the brain which occur around age 6 (first grade), age 10 (middle school), and at adolescence (high school). As school work grows more challenging and demanding and student schedules become busier, executive function skills become increasingly important. And many students need additional support and explicit instruction around executive function beyond what is provided in the classroom.
At Engaging Minds, we recognize the importance of strengthening and mastering executive function skills and learning strategies as a foundation for academic success. We believe so strongly in skill acquisition that we integrate executive function tools and strategies with our academic content support from our very first session. Our goal is to create a toolbox of learning strategies and skills for students to apply in a variety of situations to help support their executive brain functions.
Engaging Minds students learn how to:
Break down large assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces
Track daily homework, plan ahead, and keep up-to-date on long-term assignments
Prioritize the many tasks students face each day, week, and month
Initiate homework and long-term assignments
Break down and follow directions
Prepare and study for exams
Develop and set goals that are specific, achievable, and timely
Shift between big ideas and details, and between one assignment and the next
Extract information from texts (reading comprehension techniques)
Organize thoughts and ideas, and to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
Engaging Minds Early Readers program is a research-based, multi-sensory, and skills-based approach to reading instruction that will help early readers (grades K-3) build a solid foundation in literacy while fostering a love of reading.
Incorporating nationally renowned Wilson Reading Fundations program as the foundation of our reading support, we encompass six essential components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel:
Guided oral reading
Our early education reading instructors start with the basic building blocks of our language and present them in an explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory manner. We introduce appropriate leveled readers throughout our work together (via Learning A-Z) to help your child practice their new skills. And because students learn through multiple modalities, we engage students in a conversation about their reading to help strengthen comprehension, and spend some time writing about their reading, as well.
30 Minutes - $95
To learn more about how Engaging Minds’ personalized, one-on-one approach will help your child achieve his or her full potential, book an initial consult now.
* Consult fee is applied to any programs purchased