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About Rooted Life Montessori's Learning Different Education

At RLM, we teach to the individual child. As each child enters our classroom, we strive to meet them where they currently are academically and guide them to further their education. Within the Montessori framework, we have many tools to tailor to the varied learning styles of our individual students. Our mixed age groups, and our sequential math, language, and science materials allow each child to progress at his/her own pace without being compared to peers. This individual schooling within a group setting promotes the growth of confidence and independence as each child experiences success in school.

While the hands-on materials and individualized academic plan of Montessori addresses many needs of learning-different children (ADD, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Apraxia, etc.), we also have advanced trained staff in the following programs:

How Thinking Differently About The Brain Sets Us Apart

As psychology has progressed so too have the advancements in understanding the human brain. In truth, no two brains are alike, even if two children have the same diagnosed learning issue such as ADD and ADHD their brain chemistry and activity might be completely different. Our teachers understand that no two children are alike that's what sets us apart. Take a look at the below video which goes into depth about how our understanding of the human brain has developed even in as little as 10 years.

As psychology has progressed, so too have the advancements in understanding the human brain. In truth, no two brains are alike. Even if two children have the same diagnosed learning issue such as ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia, their brain chemistry and activity might be completely different. Our teachers understand that no two children are alike and that's what really sets us apart from other programs. This video takes a comprehensive look of how our understanding of the human brain has developed in the past 10 years. This knowledge can and should be applied to our children's education while their brain is still in the developing years.

Learn About Early Signals of LD

We are passionate about identifying and addressing mild to severe learning-different markers so every child can achieve their highest potential in life. For more information about the markers (signals) of learning different children at various ages (stages), and why it benefits your child to seek therapy now, please read Joyce S. Pickering's Article - Signals of LD at Various Stages.

Our staff has advanced training to implement strategies in the classroom and in 1-1 therapy to help your child reach their highest potential. We have the following training and programs:

MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children At Risk):

This training prepares each teacher to understand the specific needs of children diagnosed with learning differences and to provide specific strategies within the Montessori educational method to meet those needs.

Learn More About MACAR

MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children At Risk) training includes:

  • An Overview of Learning Differences at All Ages
  • Understanding The Child Who is At-Risk For Learning Differences
  • Applications of the Montessori method and Techniques
  • Oral and Written Language Program (SEE)
  • Social Skills Development/Discipline
  • Practical Life, Sensorial and Mathematics for the At-Risk Child

Sequential English Education (SEE):

Sequential English Education (SEE) is an International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) accredited and International Dyslexia Association (IDA) accredited course utilizing structured, multisensory language instruction, based on the Sequential English Education approach for teaching reading/writing/comprehension/spelling and auditory discrimination and memory. In addition, for those who teach in a Montessori classroom, SEE blends easily into the Montessori methods.

Learn More About SEE

Each SEE lesson includes the following:

  • Language: Each lesson presents the patterns of the English language to the student moving from simple to complex.
  • Alphabet: Visual recognition of upper and lower case letters and the sequence of the alphabet are covered.
  • Sound/Symbol Correspondence: The sound of each letter is presented and reviewed for automaticity.
  • Word Families: Perceiving the internal detail of words by identifying the word family within the word is practiced.
  • Decoding and Reading Comprehension: The therapy process begins with an emphasis on decoding, breaking words into parts and blending the parts into whole words. As accuracy improves, speed increases, fluency is improved, and then words are accurately decoded and defined. In addition, paraphrasing sentences helps to increase reading comprehension.
  • Oral Language Development: Each word that is decoded is defined and used in a sentence. Word meanings are the basis of comprehension of sentences, paragraphs, and stories. Each sentence is paraphrased insuring meaning and building vocabulary.
  • Handwriting: Each lesson includes a presentation of the letter being taught. This teaching is highly multisensory. The student traces the letter in their manual, on their memory board and writes it from memory on paper. As letters are mastered, letter connections, spacing, pencil pressure and consistency of writing slant are improved. Word and sentence writing expands to composition.
  • Spelling: As a student learns to decode the patterns of the language, he learns to spell those patterns. Reading, writing, and spelling are seen to reinforce each other.
  • Dictation: Each lesson provides that the student listen for words, phrases, and sentences and practice the skill of holding this information in memory while transferring it to paper.
  • Review: Review of previous material is built into each lesson. Reviews are also placed at regular intervals in the student manuals and surveys are given at the end of each of the three manuals to determine mastery.
  • Listening: Listening skills are enhanced throughout the SEE lessons, but an additional program, Auditory Discrimination, and Memory is an integral part of this program. These drills improve listening, following directions and spelling.

Educational Therapy

Search & Teach Early Intervention Program

For children age 5 - 7 years.

Give your child a strong start in the learning process!

All children developmentally progress at various rates. If all modalities for learning are intact and strong then learning comes easily and naturally. They take in the learning task readily soaking it up and retaining it "like a sponge".

If these modalities are not firmly in place then avoidance behaviors and ways to compensate around learning tasks begins to develop. Frustration, anxiety and tension begin to form and learning becomes a struggle. This begins the process of a potential learning disability which can cause the child to experience delays in learning to read. Such early difficulties can lead to loss of self-esteem, which causes the child to lose interest in school.

Learn More About Educational Therapy

The SEARCH screening test is designed to identify potential vulnerabilities in specific perceptual areas related to the task of reading. If a significant vulnerability is identified then appropriate referrals or intervention can be made EARLY to remediate these weaknesses and prevent a potential learning disability.

The TEACH program is a one on one therapy program developmentally designed in a game format to target identified weaknesses and progressively strengthen them. The program is 2-3 days per week for 30 minutes each over the course of a school year. Children enjoy the program and feel successful in their progress. There are lots of rewards and positive reinforcement along with developing foundational learning strategies that will carry over to future learning.


A biofeedback game that teaches children how to deep breathe and regulate their emotions.

Learn More About Mightier

Mightier is a program of bioresponsive video games that helps kids learn emotional regulation and deep breathing skills. Mightier was developed and tested at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to give kids a safe place to practice and develop the coping skills they need for self regulation. Kids wear a Mighty Band heart rate monitor as they play that controls the level of difficulty in the video games. As heart rates go up, the games get harder to play. The more kids learn to control their heart rate and “stay cool”, the more they succeed in the games and in life. Each Mightier starter kit comes with a Mighty Band heart rate monitor, Mightier app and library of games (available on both iPhone and Android), coaching sessions with a licensed clinician, an online hub to track your child’s process and access to a private community of Mightier parents. Learn more about Mightier here. Visit the Mightier Website

Interactive Metronome (IM):

Interactive Metronome (IM) is an objective assessment and training tool that improves neural synchronization and function in children and adults who display impairments in cognitive, communicative, sensory, motor and/or academic/vocational performance.  Training plans are individualized to meet the unique needs of each person. Learn more about IM here.

Private OT/ST/PT:

Many of our children receive their private pay/ insurance based OT/PT/ST during school hours. Please let us know if you would like your child's therapist to come to the school.

American Montessori Society Link