ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
- Phonics & Spelling Skills
- Reading Comprehension
- Vocabulary Enrichment
- Reading Strategies
- Grammar & Writing Composition
- Creative & Expressive Writing
- Communication Skills
- Outlines, Reports, & Editing
- Listening Skills
- Pronunciation & Intonation
- Literature Analysis
- Oral Presentation
In addition to teaching Math, BriteMinds integrates higher-order thinking skills in every lesson such as
- Data/information analysis: comprehension and interpretation of statistics
- Problem-solving: seeking and identifying strategies and reasoning
- Flexibility of thinking
- Using and understanding appropriate mathematical vocabulary and terminology
- Identifying the sequence of complex operations
- Showing evidence for validity and self-correcting if necessary
- Basic Math Concepts: Pre-K to 3RD Grade
- Fractions, Decimals, & Measurement
- Word Problems
- Measurement & Geometry
- Algebra I-II
- Mathematical Analysis
BriteMinds’ true value is teaching students how to think so learning becomes second nature. Executive functioning skills such as time management and persistent focus are integrated into every lesson. As we say, “Getting the homework done is only the beginning!” BriteMinds lessons start with having students organize their planners (electronic or paper), review and prioritize homework, and complete the needed work.
Our instructors talk to the parents on a regular basis, keeping them up to date about the lessons, their students’ performance, and their rate of progress. In addition to completing homework in a comfortable and relaxing manner, BriteMinds teaches:
- How to learn effectively and independently for learning’s sake
- How to master concepts by structured learning habits
- How to verbalize the learned concepts for better retention
- How to find and use resources efficiently
- How to be a creative learner and understand that imagination is critical
- How to compromise respectfully and deal with frustration
- How to be organized and perform consistently
- How to build critical thinking and form intelligent opinions
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING & STUDY SKILLS
BriteMinds teaches Executive Functioning and Study Skills, tools that students need to become efficient learners. Our procedure-focused instruction uses students’ personal strengths to maximize their academic performance. We provide students and parents with insights about the students’ areas of growth and areas of needed improvements. The remarkable quality of an organized mind is essential for the child’s future success in our evolving global community.
Sustained Attention: A child’s ability to continuously pay attention to a task or activity without being distracted. A student with sustained attention problems may have trouble completing work due to being easily distracted or bored.
There are four different types of attention:
- Selective: focus on one thing at a time
- Divided: focus on two events at once
- Sustained: focus for a long period of time
- Executive: focus on completing steps to achieve a goal
Planning & Prioritizing: A child’s ability to create a roadmap to reach a goal or complete a task. It requires the child to determine in which order to complete tasks. In the BriteMinds lessons, students and instructors collaboratively co-create the dynamic flow of plans so students can internalize the reasoning behind the process of prioritization.
Organization: A child’s ability to create and maintain systems to keep track of information or materials. BriteMinds instructors facilitate the process of organization in their homework support and also while teaching academic content.
Time Management: The child’s capacity to estimate how much time he has, how to utilize it, and how to stay within time limits and deadlines. BriteMinds instructors train students to estimate the time it will take to complete a task and then reflectively compare how realistic they were upon completion to help them learn by their experience.
Goal-Directed Persistence: The child’s capacity to think of a goal, follow through to the completion of the goal, and not be distracted by competing interests such as phone notifications. Students at BriteMinds partner with instructors to set realistic and achievable goals, and collaborate until the goals are completed.
Response Inhibition: The child’s capacity to resist the urge to say or do something before thinking. BriteMinds’ learning environment is containing and relaxing, optimal to practice response inhibition when distracting elements such as a text message appear out of the blue.
Working Memory: The child’s ability to hold information in memory while performing complex tasks. BriteMinds instructors actively track the students’ thinking processes. Instructors serve as an auxiliary memory function to help students develop stronger abilities to hold in mind more complex cognitive processes.
Emotional Control: The child’s ability to manage emotional responses such as frustration or boredom. BriteMinds’ stimulating and encouraging teaching style provides a regulatory function for students who struggle with dysregulated emotional states.
Initiating Tasks: The child’s ability to begin a task or project without procrastination. During the BriteMinds lessons, students practice taking leadership in task initiation, and while further refining these skills, instructors validate students’ motivation and advocacy for getting the work done.
Flexibility: Adaptability to changing conditions, or the ability to revise plans in the face of obstacles, setbacks, new information, or mistakes. BriteMinds instructors help students overcome situations when they feel inflexible or stuck. This is when the established partnership is essential so the student can depend on the instructor’s guidance to become more productive.
Metacognition: The child’s ability to step back, self-monitor, and self-evaluate to determine how one is doing, learn from mistakes, and self-correct. BriteMinds closely supports students to develop a sense of self-awareness and the ability to creatively and reflectively recognize their own actions.
BriteMinds students will practice the following thinking skills while learning science: observe, compare, sort, organize, predict, experiment, evaluate, apply, and present evidence to prove a theory. These processes are essential steps to scientific thinking and understanding the world around us.
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Earth Sciences
TEST PREPARATION, PROJECTS, & PRESENTATIONS
Students are active participants directly interacting with the teacher during the test preparation process. Students learn about their own test-taking behaviors and the tendencies they have when responding to questions. Instructors provide feedback using error analysis to enhance performance. Building confidence and reducing performance-related stress are inherent in our program. BriteMinds students show exceptional test results.
Pursuing our comprehensive test-taking plan ensures that students reach their full performance potential. Collaboratively creating projects and presentations for any subject area are wonderful opportunities for students to integrate what they have learned and feel like superstars!
EARLY SKILLS – PRE-K to 3RD GRADE
Playing educational games empowers the learning process! Instructors at BriteMinds are aware of the relationship between play and cognitive development, and educational games are naturally integrated into our curriculum. The “therapeutic” benefit of playing is observed on all of the cognitive, social, and emotional levels. Children learn happily and establish good working relationships without tension.
BriteMinds’ curriculum for young learners helps them develop the most precious foundation for their future learning. “Once-in-a-lifetime,” the mind of a young child has the remarkable ability to absorb the world. Through interactive games and creatively structured activities, instructors engage children in priceless imaginative and thinking processes. Children learn to be observant, patient, and flexible-minded, qualities necessary for a well-balanced development. BriteMinds’ curious young learners develop a positive approach to the learning process as our undivided attention to each student has a remarkably validating emotional impact. In our one-to-one private lessons, children learn to take pride in their work and feel motivated to take a chance even when they are uncertain of the outcome. This brave and motivated attitude is priceless, and helps develop efficient learning strategies. Nothing is more encouraging to take the next step in learning than feeling good about one’s accomplishment.
- Auditory Listening & Phonics
- Problem Solving Skills
- Vocabulary & Verbalizing Thoughts
- Concrete & Abstract Ideas
- Thinking Skills
- Expressive Language
- Creative, Imaginative Play
- Social Interactive Skills
- Mental Strength to Self-Correct & Work with Others