Pinecone Active Learning
2921 The Villages Pkwy | San Jose 95135 | 408 270-4548 |
Class Hours: Mon./Thurs. 3-7 p.m.
PineconeWhen Learning to Read Becomes Reading to Learn

All parents want their children to be fluent readers. Reading is one of the key foundation skills on which all future learning will be based. But learning to read and developing the necessary skills is not a linear process. It goes through 3 stages and each stage reflects the increasing intellectual development of the child.

Children go through 3 stages of reading. The first is when the concept of what reading is begins to be understood. Next comes the stage when reading skills begin to develop to where a simple story can be read and understood. This is when learning to read truly starts. The next stage involves a paradigm shift in the reading process and is where the true value of reading is understood and where a lifelong interest in reading takes root. This is when children begin to read to learn.

Age 4 to 5

This is when children start to develop their pre-reading skills. In this period they:

• Begin to write a few letters
• Their ability to pronounce words becomes more refined
• They are able to absorb new words more rapidly and as a result their vocabulary begins to grow
• Some substitute words in rhyming patterns

This is not the ability to read. But it is the start of the formation of the cognitive skills needed to read.

Age 6 to 10

This is when reading really begins.

• Children begin to read simple books if the subject is within their understanding and the material is presented to them in an age appropriate manner
• The correlation between letters and sounds and then from sounds to word formation increases
• Children are able to understand the names and sounds of all the letters in the alphabet
• They are able to understand the difference between upper and lower case
• They are able to understand that books deal with different topics or stories and can decide what they like and what does not appeal to them
• They are able to talk about what they have read and pose questions about what they do not understand
• The ability to question the motivations and reasoning behind the characters in the stories they read becomes stronger.
• Towards the end of this stage they will be able to read increasing complex material independently and with fluency

This is the age when children truly learn to read.

Age 11 to 13

From the age of around 11 onwards the ability to read and the motivation for doing so undergoes a major change.

• Reading is now automatic and does not need any mental preparation before commencing it.
• The comprehension of what is being read increases dramatically.
• The range of topics, stories and the type of books continues to expand
• Reading now begins to be an exercise in learning more about the things that interests them instead of being limited to a repetition of what is already known and comfortable to digest.
• Reading material is no longer limited to books. Magazines, newspapers and other material begins to be of interest.
• The ability to discuss what has been read with peers becomes more complex and advanced.

This is the stage when learning to read become reading to learn.

Pinecone The Pinecone Way

At Pinecone Learning, we understand that the foundation tools of the learning process that are acquired at a young age are those that will last a lifetime. That is why our tutoring programs in writing, reading and math are geared towards providing children with the ability to master the foundation skills in a comfortable, stress free, yet effective manner. We use a combination of tested pedagogic techniques with cutting edge protocols to make the internalization of these skills a natural occurrence that becomes an integral part of the cognitive process. We present the basic elements of each subject in a step-by-step, sequential manner that is manageable for the students. Categorized topics are used to help them brainstorm for ideas.

Practice helps them to become familiar with the concepts they use. The students are then guided through the refinement stage where they are able to polish their abilities and use what they have learned effectively. The approach is a holistic one with the aim of enabling the children to learn and apply their newly acquired knowledge in ways that will benefit them scholastically and also in life.

Those who want to know more about Pinecone Active Learning will find a great deal of information, including address details, phone numbers and timings etc. on our website -

"We have only been with Pinecone learning center for about 4 months...all I can say is "Why did we not do this sooner" My son is in the 6th grade and has had his ups and downs in math for a few years. My biggest fear was that he would loose his confidence and then be intimidated by math for years to I was. Finding Vivian Hobbs has been the biggest blessing. She is incredibly organized, caring and firm, yet fair with all her students. I have seen so much improvement in my son's homework and classroom focus, not just in math but all areas. I am certain this is do to the skills he has learned from being a part of the Pinecone Learning Center. My son has amazed me with his dedication to the daily homework...this is not to say that he does not complain on occasion. I too have learned so much through this process. In the past I would feed into his complaints about school work and fall into the trap of negotiating with my son about homework and play time. What I have noticed is that now I let him vent and I do not really respond to the complaints. Within a few minutes he hunkers down and gets to work. He knows and I know it has to be done, we no longer fight about homework!!! He has always worked hard, but now I see he has a greater sense of responsibility and ownership. Here is the best endorsement of all... Two days ago my son got a phone call from a classmate who needed help with math homework. After he hung up he came to me and said: "Mom, news is travelling fast. That is the second phone call this week from a classmate needing help with math. They use to call another boy but now they are calling me. (he patted his own heart) and said "That makes me feel so proud!" I cried tears of joy!"

~ Julie M., San Jose, CA

"My husband and I decided to put all three of our kids in Pinecone last January. We were looking for a program that would help improve both reading/writing and math. At the time, our kids were 4, 6 and 8. We noticed an immediate improvement in my 6 year old. Her reading and math turned a corner very quickly. Homework became less of a chore and her math and spelling tests improved. All three of my kids made huge progress while at Pinecone. Sometimes we were faced with the challenge of doing the work at home but, this is nothing new to our household and we found ways to motivate the kids to do the work. What impressed me the most about Pinecone is Vivian, the owner. She knows how to motivate the kids and works extra hard to find ways to meet each and every child's needs. I always felt as if my kids were the only ones... because she gives you that type of attention! She went above and beyond for my guys and for that I cannot say enough good things about the program. She will send you informative emails and is always looking to be current in the education of her students. THANK YOU Vivian for caring so much about my kids and really helping give them a foundation to work with."

~ Lisa A., San Jose, CA
Pinecone Learning - Where Your Children's Tomorrow Begin

childPinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the newly acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instill self confidence and stimulate an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is guided to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at For offers and special discounts call 408.270.4548.
About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

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