Academic Advancement

Our Systems

Our systems of academic advancement allow kids to progressively work on skills that they need to be successful in school, and even to advance way beyond grade level in their mathematics, reading, writing and more.

We start by evaluating their current level and assigning the work they will do with us. We use different types of progressive workbooks, specifically selected based on your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Tracking and Delivering Academic Results

  • Step 1: New Workbook Assigned

    After homework and spelling words, your child will work on this workbook during our academic time. Some kids work on different workbooks on different days, depending on our goals for them. For example, a second grader who is behind in reading, but also needs to work on math, might do reading workbooks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and math workbooks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Step 2: Child works daily help of Team Third Law staff

    When it is time to work on workbook your child will sit in the classroom and work independently. If they have a question they will raise their hand and our coaches will help them. We DO NOT DO THE WORK FOR THEM! If they are struggling with a concept we will provide a similar example, explain it in depth, and then send them back to their seat to work on the work in their book. They will do a little bit every day until they work through the entire book. Depending on how much academic time you chose for your child and how much homework they have from school, they may do 2 to 4 pages per day.

  • Step 3: Workbook Completed! Now we test their knowledge

    We design tests based on the work they have been doing and give it to them to see how their skills have improved in the area they have been working on. If they pass the test, we celebrate!

We acknowledge their hard work and keep track of the workbook completed in our After School Go Getter Race for their academic history. This gives us a profile of all the work completed by students over the years.

Some of our students have done thousands of pages of workbooks with us, staying in our program from Kindergarten all the way through High School.

Then, we move on to the next appropriate subject area to advance their skills even father, and the cycle repeats!

If they fail the test, we take a step back and see what happened. What concepts did they miss? Were they focusing while doing the test? Depending on the situation they will retest, redo a similar workbook, or perhaps work on a different book that addresses the subject they are struggling with.

Then, the cycle repeats!

Sight Words, Spelling Words & SAT Words for Advanced Learners

Over the years we have seen that elementary, middle and high schools approach learning words in many different ways.

In order for our kids to consistently practice sight words, spelling words and advanced vocabulary we assign our own weekly words to ensure that they are working on these skills regularly. We will also help them with any assignments in these areas that they receive from school.

Our younger learners students (especially PreK, Kindergarten and 1st graders) work on sight words from lists of words that they should easily recognize, including Dolch Sight Words and Fry Sight Words.

Our elementary school students (especially grades 1 to 5) work on grade-specific weekly spelling words, which increase in difficulty as they advance in grade.

Our advanced learners (advanced elementary schoolers and middle school students) work on advanced vocabulary words and SAT words, preparing them for high school and beyond!

Our Standards & Benchmarks

Based On Our Observation We Have Had:

  • First graders who memorize multiplication tables by the end of their 1st grade year
  • Kindergarteners who are reading fluently and have mastered up to 2nd grade sight words
  • Kindergarteners who are doing 3rd grade addition and subtraction
  • 1st graders doing 4th grade Multiplication
  • 3rd graders doing 6th Grade fractions, and Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Negative Numbers
  • 5th graders doing High School Algebra…
  • And it goes on and on…

We encourage:

  • Enhanced vocabulary, spelling and hand writing
  • Enhanced mathematics
  • Enhanced focus and work ethic

Kids are capable of AMAZING ACADEMIC FEATS when they are challenged and encouraged in the right environment!

There are lots of buzzwords in academics these days — Honor Roll, Gifted, Cambridge, STEAM, Grit, the list goes on and on.

At Team Third law Academy we go by what we have noticed to be the maximum an engaged mind can handle, and we just keep moving forward.

Parents often ask us: “Can kids really understand such things?”

Yes! Kids can understand MORE THAN ONE WOULD IMAGINE!

Proper Technology Use

We use technology in very FEW instances when we can harness it’s power and use it to our advantage.

Mental Math Speed Challenge: Math Application for practicing Math Facts done on iPad tablets mounted on the wall.

  • We mount our tablets on the wall so we can monitor what the kids are doing at all times, standing up and using the tablets helps them focus and allows us to watch them work on their math
  • Practices Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Mixed Equations by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert)
  • Captures kids attention and helps them memorize foundational math facts
  • Breaks habit of counting on fingers
  • Sets them up for success as they reach later elementary and need these facts quickly for multiple digit addition and subtraction, long multiplication, long division, etc
  • Scores recorded and celebrated when students beat levels, master new types of equations in our Mental Math Speed Challenge

Team Third Law Academy Chess Club

  • Chess Club through website and application that includes kid-friendly puzzles, exercises and videos to teach kids how to play the mentally challenging and strategic game
  • Kids play friends in our club through application, learning how to move pieces as they go
  • Kids also play chess on real boards, both with a giant chess board inside or outside, or smaller traditional boards
  • Encourages focus, strategy and is social and interactive

SAT, Advanced Placement & College Preparation

Our systems of tracking and delivering concrete academic results in language and math skills prepare our students for SAT & Advanced Placement Classes, along with applying for college in High School.

Our directors, Roberto and Katy Torralbas had the opportunity to attend one of the best universities in the world, Cornell University, and their goal for all of their students is for them to be able to achieve all of their academic goals and more.

Meet Team Third Law’s First After Schooler to become an Ivy League Student!

In fact, we had one of our very first Martial Arts and After School students accepted into an Ivy League school in 2018. Her name is Aleah, and she is studying Physics at Cornell University. She will graduate in 2022.

Aleah started with us as a Little Ninja when she was 7 years old. She trained Martial Arts and participating in our After School program for years. We are very proud of her success, and are sure that others will be following in her footsteps!

Great Handwriting is Important For Math