As an employee at Imagination Learning Center, Pam taught me many things. She clearly explained her innovative kinesthetic learning concepts so that I could best employ them in my time at the Learning Center, and in my teaching career after. Under her mentorship I discovered ways to implement strategies that facilitate understanding for all learning styles. This approach, and Pam’s tutelage, has been extremely beneficial in my profession as an educator.
I am extremely impressed with your program and would highly recommend it. What makes your methodology at Imagination Rehab superior is that you cater to every learning style. There are others that do some of this, but you do this on an unprecedented scale which meets an overwhelming need. Teachers, parents, and students who utilize this program will benefit generations to come.
You’ve made a tremendous difference in my son’s life. You’ve not only motivated him but you’ve captivated his interest as well!
Now that she is working with your program, my daughter loves doing her schoolwork. She is picking things up remarkably fast and her retention is outstanding. Thank you and realize that you are greatly appreciated.
You can imagine the impact upon my life when I lost my husband and then just a few short years later I had a severe stroke. Physically, I recovered well but my ability to read and comprehend was seriously impaired, leaving my vocabulary in mental shreds. To help, Pam suggested I lend a hand with her students. I shared in some reading games. What fun we had! They helped me; I helped them. I was amazed over the rapid advancement the children made with this program. They no longer felt left behind or scared by thoughts that they were “dumb” or “couldn’t keep up”. I learned so much and have regained my reading comprehension and fluency skills. I’m back to having fun with words; as well as reading and researching in books of all kinds. Thank you, Pam!
Our experience with Imagination Rehab had been an amazing journey. Our son seemed to be doing fine with his reading until he hit second grade. At that point he was pulled out to do special reading groups because he was falling behind and the school could not give us a good answer as to why. It wasn’t just the reading; his spelling was getting worse and his confidence was falling. Luckily I had a neighbor who had had the same struggles with her son. She told me about kinesthetic learners and the traits they have. She was describing our son to a tee. I had no idea there was a third learning style or how to deal with it. My neighbor recommended Pam and Imagination Rehab as THE answer and we have never looked back.
Our son has been seeing Pam for about a year now and his progress is amazing. He has increased his reading level more than a grade level from when he started and recently on the state tests he scored in the exceptional category. He is no longer afraid to try and spell a word, he can sound out big scary looking words with ease, and most of all he has the confidence to say he is a good reader now. Who knew that playing games could teach a child so much, so fast, and all while having FUN! If we would get this program into the school system all children would love to read! Thank you Pam.
The other night, I went to a class about learning styles. One fact struck me as profound. There are 3 learning styles, Visual- children need to see what they are learning, Auditory- children need to tell themselves what they are learning and Kinesthetic- children need to move what they are learning. When you break the groups down about 29% of students are Visual, 34% are Auditory and 37% are Kinesthetic learners, but our school system is designed to teach Visual learners. With that as background, the fact that struck me as profound is, the drop-out rate for each learning style is as follows, 3% Visual Learners, 40% Auditory Learners and 98% Kinesthetic Learners.
Our Auditory and Kinesthetic learning children are at a disadvantage in school. They are labeled as the troublemakers, the talkers. They are sent to the office or they are told the need medications, when the truth of the matter is that they need a different teaching method. This is not new science; but science that is ignored, because it would take a little more effort to implement in the schools. Instead of out children sitting at their desks and listening to lectures, teachers would need to allow children to talk during class, to accommodate auditory learners. Children would need to play with clay or walk around frequently to accommodate kinesthetic learners. A few little changes, would make a huge difference, but teachers are unable or unwilling to make these changes, or they are uneducated about the impact those changes would have on the lives of their students, our children.
So, what can parents do? First, become educated about learning styles. The class I attended was hosted by a local teacher turned tutor Pam Davis, who focuses on learning styles. She strongly recommends books by Cynthia Tobias. While I have not read Ms Tobias’ books; I have reviewed some of her materials, and was so impressed it is on my immediate reading list. You can also attend lectures provided by Pam Davis at her office, Imagination Rehab in the Bethany neighborhood of Beaverton.
~Excerpt from Everything Baby LLC September 2010 Newsletter