Curriculum

Every Child is Different when it comes to Learning

Every child is different when it comes to learning. Though your child may be highly intelligent, there may be barriers that affect their learning capacity.

Some students may test as brilliant but have processing problems when it comes to learning. Other students are significantly behind in their learning due to various circumstances. Often, we have students that may test at grade level or higher for one subject but below grade level for another subject.

Some students have learning challenges. Others have problems with attention span. Still others have processing problems. Some have problems with all three.

Any of these challenges can affect the way a child learns and has a direct impact on self-esteem and behavior.

If you visit our classrooms, you will see a generally quiet room with focused kids. Students who may have struggled in a regular school setting are being productive.

Each day is Designed to Keep Serotonin Levels High

C.A.T.E.S. Academy designs a curriculum for each child that is unique to that child. This is what we mean by ‘Individualized Therapeutic Education’. On average, a student will do 12-16 classes per day. With consistent breaks and longer extra-curricular activities designed to rebuild depleted serotonin levels, this can add up to 4½-5 hours of curriculum processing time.

Some students may be only able to handle a few hours/day to begin with. Sometimes, we take a student for a whole day and intersperse other activities between classes to positively fill up the day. Over time, we are able to phase up to the number of classes that are recommended. This phase process avoids stress and builds confidence.

In unique circumstances, we may take a student for a few hours/day and phase up to a full day. This can occur if a student has extreme anxiety, health issues that prevent a child from being able to handle a full day, etc,

The word curriculum is defined in a much broader sense than reading, writing and arithmetic. Some curriculum stimulates a side of the brain that may be operating at a deficit. Other curriculum strengthen listening skills. Another curriculum teaches sequencing. These classes, along with the usual subjects, all tied together, strengthen the “muscles” of the brain which then give each student a stronger aptitude for learning. Because it is stimulating the brain and the student is not overloaded with long lengths of teaching time, students are more relaxed and therefore more apt to learn.