We Address the Underlying Problem:
Students who have a difficult time mastering reading, math, writing, spelling or reading skills have gaps in their learning foundations as the root cause. At Harp Learning Institute, we go to the source of the problem and fix it by filling in these gaps to make your child's learning foundation strong.
If your child is struggling to learn, it's important to fine tune existing skills or strengthen weak skills. The first thing we do at Harp is to make sure your child's motor skills are strong. We work these body skills by placing your child on a mini-tramp, bounce on big balls, or balance on a board while performing certain activities. This ensures that the student's outer learning foundation is strong.
There is a hierarchy to learning, and since we've lost our "sand box" kindergartens, more and more kids come to us with weak motor skills. Your child learns from the "outside in", and too many educators have forgotten or never learned this. Making young learners sit at desks hour after hour harms them by not allowing them to build this crucial component of the learning foundation.
In addition, skills like visual memory, visual closure, visual discrimination, and tracking across a page can interfere with academic success. If your child suffers from poor reading fluency, has a difficult time copying from the board, has messy handwriting, reverses letters and words, or takes hours to finish homework, then important visual skills might be missing or impaired.
Auditory discrimination, auditory memory, auditory closure, and auditory synthesis might also be weak or impaired. This makes it difficult for your child to not only learn properly, but to communicate on a basic level. If your child is struggling with reading comprehension, has symptoms of ADD/ADHD, or is prone to having temper tantrums, then auditory processing skills might be inadequate.
It's important that your child has strong auditory and visual memory skills, and building up these skills is easy. We start with 2-digit memory span and gradually increase it to 6-digit memory span. If your child struggles to follow simple directions, can't memorize math facts, has poor spelling skills, or fails tests but otherwise does well in school, poor memory skills might be the culprit.
Finally, we address academics in a unique way at Harp. We get the kids out of their seats, let them use dot dabbers to read, have them cross the vertical mid-line of the body, and teach in a multi-sensory manner. If you were to walk into our learning centers, you would see students "pounding" periods at the ends of their sentences, clapping out commas, reading while standing and moving, and a host of other teaching methodologies that work for your child, who probably is a right-brain dominant, hands-on learner.
All too often, educators and parents try to teach their children academics in the same way that didn't work all day at school. As Einstein said, this is the definition of insanity. If your child has an IEP, which is Special Education, then the curriculum is watered down, your house is "warehoused", and grade-level learning is never achieved.
You need a different approach, and that's where we come in, where we shine! Your non-traditional learner needs a different way to learn, a set of strong tools to carry through high school and beyond.
The Harp Learning Difference:
At Harp, we recognize the student's strengths, creativity, and intelligence while at the same time building a strong learning foundation! Learning gaps are filled in as the body and the brain become connected. Once learning gaps are filled in, the student is able to raise test scores, increase grades, and perform homework independently and "battle-free"!
Why Traditional Tutor/Learning Centers Provide Limited Results:
Traditional learning centers and tutors address reading problems by providing more phonics and decoding tips/tricks. For math, demonstrations are just given more slowly and repetitions of computation are provided.
More progressive instructors may use multi-sensory approaches by using games or manipulatives. This is a beginning first step, yet once a student is in 3rd grade or higher, most schools require students to take in information from a lecture or demonstration and process the information independently without the use of manipulatives or multi-sensory learning techniques. They rarely are allowed out of their seats, as the classrooms are usually over-crowded, and the teacher is just trying to keep order in the room.
Reviewing phonics, math computation, and using manipulatives may help some student get a few steps ahead, but the core problem will not be solved since the underlying sensory and memory issues that cause reading and math difficulties have not been addressed. The students will need extra support at every step in school, which is expensive and time-consuming. And, because of poor academic performance, these students suffer from low self-esteem, don't enjoy learning, and are often bullied or taunted. Many of these students will receive a recommendation to be retained, will fall further and further behind every year, or be placed in Special Education where they'll rarely if ever catch up to their peers.
The Harp Learning System addresses the sensory root cause of reading, math, spelling and writing difficulties while filling in any academic gaps that may have occurred. By proven and unique methodologies that intrigue your child and by following our 5-step, research-based program that has been in use for over eighteen years, your child will reach learning success.
The results? Over 90% of students who come to Harp achieve grade-level success or higher.
It's easy to get started. Just call or email us, set up two complimentary learning sessions, and watch as your child soars to success!