Our Learning Tree Model

The Mighty Oaks Learning Tree, displayed in our logo, is adapted from The Learning Tree- model by Dr Stanley and Ms Nancy Greenspan. The Learning Tree integrates DIR-Floortime with academics.

Using the metaphor of a tree, the Greenspans explained how the roots represent how children learn about the world through their senses. The roots feed the tree trunk that represents thinking skills. Branches of the tree stand for academic skills and leaves represent qualities of great kids that we want to foster. Drilling academics is not effective if the roots and trunk are weak. We work on all parts of the tree, focusing on the roots and trunk and strengthening the weak areas to form a strong foundation for academic learning. 

The SOIL:
Nurturing interactions
ROOTS:
Different areas of sensory processing: Movement, hearing/ listening, visual-spatial, touch, as well as motor planning and sequencing.
TRUNK:
Functional Emotional Developmental Levels: Regulation, Engagement, Two-way interaction, Shared social problem-solving, Creating symbols and ideas, and Logical thinking.
BRANCHES:
Academic abilities of
Reading comprehension
Mathematical reasoning
Oral & written expression
Organizational skills.
LEAVES:
Qualities of Great Kids
Empathy
Creativity
Curiosity
Self-esteem
Internal Discipline.

 

Greenspan, Stanley I. & Nancy T. (2010). The Learning Gree. Overcoming Learning Disabilities From the Ground Up. Da Capo Press, USA.

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