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Summer school, tutoring, homework...It is all helpful, and a beneficial contribution toward keeping kids sharp for the Fall. However, I think it is important to promote play and movement more often and possibly include it in our tutoring if we can. Teaching math to an elementary student? Try using sound and rhythm as a warm up or intro into patterns. Go outside, sit down and face your student. Begin with a rap on your lap, a clap, and finish with another rap on your lap. Then progress with a rap on your lap, a clap and another rap and another clap. You have anchored a two beat rhythm. Perhaps follow up with collecting twigs or rocks in the yard that mirror your rhythm pattern (e.g. a short twig and a long twig in 3 repetitions). Practice any pattern you want that you feel is appropriate for the age of your student. This bridges concept to concrete. Working on multiplication? Try creating hopscotch multiplication with sidewalk chalk. How about students learning... read more

Depending on the child/student, being in an academic summer slump could be difficult to break out of. However with consistency, having your student use their brains effectively on something meaningful will go a long way. Here are some tips to get your kids to write: 1) After watching a movie (preferably one they really liked), ask them to name their favorite part. When you get home, ask them to write out that part, and a part of the movie they would've changed. This will get them THINKING CRITICALLY. 2) kids also love school shopping. Get your kids to write down a few places they would like to shop, then ask them to jot down what types of things they would like not buy for school from those stores. This is practicing organization and outlining! 3) Younger kids can write about their favorite thing to do during the summer or list their favorite summer treats! 4) Kids can also draw out maps and label them. Depending on their age, they can map out their house and... read more

It's here!!!!! The time of year most students have worked so hard for! But much of what students learn throughout the school year can be lost if they do not keep sharp with practice. With younger students have them help out with grocery lists, cooking from a recipe (with adult supervision of course), visits to the library (integral part of summer leisure), or for any ages singing songs!! Hey make up/write your own song or play an instrument! When your out on the road, and the kids are in the car, try brainteasers such as; "We drove to grandma's house which was 5 miles, drove another two miles to the store, and now we need another 4 miles to get back home, how many miles will we have driven today?" This seems like enough but really it is not. Students could obtain the utmost academic benefits with a tutor that can afford them individualized attention and teach them strategies in learning along the way. Send me message, and let's see if we could get your child... read more

Many children and adults as well cringe when it comes to the task of writing. An essential facet of writing is CREATIVITY. In order to channel your creativity, it takes some practice. Here's an idea that I found works really well (especially with elementary school children) with regard to this subject matter. With children: Start off with a variety of color swatches (usually carried by your local hardware or paint store). These swatches usually have funny names such as "Baby Seal" or "Pumpkin Pie." Keep a stash of these on hand and have your student, child, or even yourself pick a few out...no more than five at a time. Have your student develop a funny story connecting these color names by adapting them into their very own story lines. Allow them to make up whatever they like. It's all fair game. I've seen some fantastic stories! With adults: We, as adults, often lose that carefree liberation to be creative. When you are writing and you think... read more

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