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Vacation doesn't mean doing nothing. Vacation means taking a break from the things we ordinarily do, and doing something a little different. With children out of school, it is often difficult to find things for them to do during the long days of summer. I really believe that part of the time should be spent in study, in learning, in reading, and a small amount should be allocated to tutoring. In that way, a child prepares for the coming year and uses the information he has just finished learning in the year that has just past. If no effort is made to continue education during the summer, the child will forget what he learned during the year, and it will take a good deal of time from the new year to bring what he has forgotten into focus once again. So, folks, go the extra mile. Put the child in some kind of tutoring and have the kid do a little reading, writing and reviewing and/or preparing for the coming year. You'll be very glad you did. Happy summer! Phyllis S.

What are YOUR children doing this summer? Studies have shown that students often lose one to three months of learning over the summer break especially in Reading, Spelling and Math. With federal and state budgets not even giving schools enough tools for regular studies, students who would like programs for enrichment or remedial help are without resources. Do you REALLY want your child spending the whole summer playing video games and watching TV? Continuing learning through tutoring during the summer months is a wonderful way of insuring a positive school year ahead. There are so many benefits to this. 1. Tutoring during the summer enables children to master important skills or explore areas of interest in a fun way, and feel a personal commitment through individualized one-on-one learning. 2. Tutoring during the summer can help students who didn't do so well this year catch up and get ahead before the start of the new school year. 3. Tutoring helps develop self-esteem... read more

I have been tutoring a little boy whose parents wanted him to learn English. They are here on vacation for only a few weeks, and the boy didn't speak a word of English. What a joy it is to teach him. It's like watching a seed take root in the ground, grow and turn into a wonderful flower. No, the child isn't a genius, he's not even particuarily gifted, he's just a regular little boy, here in the States for the first time. The first stop when the family arrived in Florida was Disneyworld. It didn't take him long to learn "Minnie Mouse" and "Mickey Mouse". Pointing to his cards, he says "Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse" with great excitement. Teaching this child English conversation has been an education for me as well as for him. We haven't used any special educational materials. There haven't been any special books, just the few toys he brought with him on the plane from his homeland. All we've done is talk (I'm the one that talked in the beginning),... read more

When I tutor students about creative writing, I always tell them that learning how to write means much more than just answering the questions, "What, Where When, How Why." Here are a few of the things I teach about writing: 1. Be as knowledgeable as you can about the subject. Writing an opinion about something you know nothing about is not just not productive. It could lead to a lawsuit. 2. At least in the beginning, it helps a lot if you are passionate about the subject you are writing about. Oh, and never end a sentence with "about". 3. Develop the discipline of writing at a certain time each day. Set an amount of time that you will write and sit down (or stand up) and stay there for that amount of time, even if you have to look at a blank piece of paper and not write one word. Eventually, you'll see. You'll begin to write. 4. Look at what you have written the next day before writing any more. In the light of day, writers often find... read more

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