Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Whom do you teach?
We work with students of all ages and abilities. Our methods are particularly powerful for non-traditional learners who do not learn easily in the traditional classroom environment where sitting still, listening, repeating and filling in the blanks are the norm.
We also work with students diagnosed with a variety of learning disabilities such as dyslexia, LD, ADD, ADHD, auditory and other processing issues. We understand that these students are not necessarily learning disabled; they simply learn differently. We help each student discover their own unique learning strengths and apply them to reading, to school, and to life in general.
Q: How do you teach?
We use the innovative, multi-sensory Reading Revolution™ method which is evidence and research based. Our active lessons are fun and engaging. Students learn on the move while playing interactive games with their tutor, and using large-motor movements to reinforce sound and letter recognition.
Students progress through a consistent series of steps to decode and spell complex words. In addition, we practice using logical and critical thinking skills to enhance comprehension. These skill-building activities culminate in an exciting and gratifying weekly “treasure hunt” activity. Reading Revolution™ integrates all the essential reading skills of sound recognition, word recognition, spelling, fluency and comprehension.
Q: How long does the program take?
Since students enter the program with different initial reading skill levels, and progress at different rates, there is no set length of time. We find that the average number of lessons for a student to complete the reading program is 40-60 lessons. Since students usually attend at least twice a week for individualized 50-minute one-on-one lessons, this translates into three to six months.
Q: How much does the program cost?
Q: How will I know my student is making progress?
The Active Reading Center performs an initial assessment to evaluate a student’s reading skills when they first enter our program. Then we periodically assess students as they progress through their lessons and generate progress reports. We also document our students’ progress after each lesson in the “Talk Book,” a communication tool which helps parents stay informed about, and celebrate, their student’s accomplishments.
Q: Do you teach writing and handwriting skills?
We teach students to form the letter shapes that correspond to the sounds they make.
We also have a program for learning to write complex sentences, then paragraphs and essays.
Q: How do I get my student started in your program?
You will be warmly welcomed when you call us to schedule an assessment for your student. During this meeting, your student will work one-on-one with a teacher for approximately one and a half hours. During the meeting, the teacher will assess a variety of literacy related skills, give a sample mini-lesson, and gather information about the student’s strengths and needs. You will then receive a detailed written report. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend.
We encourage you to call with any other questions or concerns you may have.