Student Texts:

Word Roots

  • Beginning, The Critical Thinking Co. 
  • Level 1, The Critical Thinking Co. 
  • Level 2, The Critical Thinking Co. 

Daily Grams Guided Review Aiding Mastery Skills:


Easy Grammar Ultimate Series 180 Teaching Lessons

Italics Handwriting 

  • Book A 
  • Book B 
  • Book C 
  • Book D 
  • Book E


  • Draw the USA 
  • Draw the World 
  • The Encyclopedia of Animals, 
  • The Children’s Book of Virtues 
  • The Book of Virtues 
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Stevenson
  • The Harp and the Laurel Wreath 
  • Aesop’s Fables 


  • Sargeant York: Hist Own Life Story and War Diary by Alvin York 
  • The History of US: An Age of Extremes: 1880-1917 
  • The History of Us: War, Peace, and All that Jazz: 1918-1945 



Pathways to Building & Strengthening Cognitive Skills

Pathways to Improving and Supporting Memory and Critical Thinking

Pathways for Developing Critical Thinking While Learning at Home

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Cultivating the growth of resilient, reasoning learners

Meet Jessica

I agree with the research that supports the idea that we human beings develop resilience as we develop in the areas of connectivity, autonomy, efficacy, and compassion. I also believe that we grow in these areas developmentally by perceiving our relationships and environments accurately and reasoning soundly in order to respond rightly to the challenges we face. The ability to perceive accurately, reason aptly, and respond rightly are linked to cognitive skills that undergird learning and make resilience possible.

As a cognitive development practitioner and critical thinking coach, I am motivated to serve people who demonstrate weak cognitive skills that impede learning and undermine resilience. These weaknesses are experienced in areas of memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, attention, comprehension, and critical thinking. It has been a privilege for me to work with a diverse population of people; from creating and implementing an early intervention reading program for at-risk children to preparing and presenting brain health workshops designed to improve memory skills for seniors.

I am a certified cognitive development Mediator implementing Equipping Minds and am certified to teach Psychology. In addition to a Master of Education degree focused on Human Development and Cognitive Psychology, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on coaching. For years I practiced a Classically oriented, Concept-Based approach to education. Utilizing this approach, I wrote a K-12 curriculum with lesson plans designed to develop cognitive skills and increase critical thinking. My experience using this approach influences my work with my clients today.

Since June 2016, I have completed 148.5 continuing education hours equipping me to identify various cognitive deficits and choose specific strategies for improving the cognitive disorders presented by my clients. These disorders include neurodevelopment disorders, learning disorders, autism, concussion syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, processing disorders, memory disorders, ADD/ADHD, executive functioning, comprehension, and communication disorders.

-Jessica Stearns