The History of Potentials Canada

History of the Potentials Reading Program

The Potentials “Action Phonics” method of learning to read was originally developed in the 1950’s by Dr. Frank Lang, an experienced teacher, to help his daughter. This singular and uniquely successful learning system is now used in many parts of North America, both in schools and in private learning centres. Ms. Leanne Topham, owner and director of the Potentials Canada Learning Centre Ltd. in Vernon, was a classroom teacher for about 14 years before studying directly with Dr. Lang in 1988 to learn the Potentials method. After many years of using this unusual and specialized method of teaching, she is continually thrilled to see the gains each student makes in such a short time and the difference it makes in their lives.

History of the Other Potentials Subjects

Over the years, Ms. Topham has also expanded the Potentials curriculum to include a superior math learning method (based largely on right-brained conceptual teaching), an efficient spelling method, and many reading comprehension and logical thinking materials. At times, as needed, other areas of study are taught as well.