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Happy mid-April!   Can you believe the school year is already winding down? Because the end of the year is upon us, I am looking for some summer tutoring experiences with any student who is looking to gain some success over the summer! I love working with students in the summer months. Sometimes I even bring popsicles :)   Whether you want to increase a reading level, work on some extra writing skills, or just practice some great studying techniques, I am sure we can find success.    Please contact me via my profile for information! Thanks! 

As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen this summer. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing their writing and analytical skills for future high school and college success. I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs. Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested. We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc. Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to discuss further! -... read more

As a educational integration specialist, I have created a list of websites I have used during the past year to increase students knowledge of various subject matter and get them ready for the next year. Check out the list and let me know what do you think. Websites used with Mr. F. in Computer Technology and Visual Arts www.mdk12.org Use it to help know what is expected from you and help with testing. www.ixl.com Use it to help with math and reading practice. www.neok12.com Use it for video lessons in math, reading, social studies, and science www.pixlr.com Use it for online photo editing http://www.escapemotions.com/experiments/flame/ Use it for unique painting (flame painter 3) http://www.pinterest.com/escapemotions/tutorials/ Use it to learn how Flame 3 can be used. www.quill.org Use it to improve your grammar. www.typingweb.com Use it to learn how to type. http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078805775/student_view0/worksheets... read more

Summer is a great break for students and teachers alike.  However, students can experience a huge educational deficit by not being able to practice the language they have been studying by not being exposed to it during summer months.  There are some fun ways for them to practice their language skills during this much needed vacation.   Study Blue is a great site full of flashcards that kids can review and even take a quiz with.  There are a multitude of languages and other subjects that teachers and students have made.  Spending 10 minutes here a day can keep their minds refreshed.  As a parent, you can even monitor your child's time spent here and their scores on activities they attempt.   Specifically for French - Tex's French Grammar is a great site put together by the University of Texas that reviews French grammar - from very basic to advanced.  There are listening and written activities that students can complete and receive... read more

The pressure can be high on kids to be productive in the summer, and to make the most of their free time.  One can understand where such expectations come from -- after all, summer is also prime time for the feared "achievement gap" to sneak in between kids who do nothing academically-stimulating, and those who continue their educational pursuits.  However, you don't have to go to an exotic summer camp to learn new things; you don't even have to leave your house.   What I suggest is not limited to the simple adage that reading a book will take you to new worlds (though that is absolutely true).  Rather, I encourage kids of all ages to see learning as a state of mind:  if you are looking to learn, then you can cultivate your mind almost anywhere, doing almost anything.  Books are in fact a great place to start:  try the thirty-second exercise of thinking of something which fascinates you and doing a google search for books on that... read more

A great way to keep your kids' utilizing the skills they learned in school this past school year, is a daily planning and reflection activity!   During breakfast, or any other convenient time in the morning, ask your child to write down three (3) or more things they have to do that day (i.e., chores, bathing, etc.).  Then have them write down three (3) fun things they want to do that day.   Have them write down what they eat throughout the day, and things they did for exercise.   At the end of the day, have them add up the activities they did, the number of food items they ate, and anything else they want to add to the mix.  Have them subtract their age from the total.  If they are old enough to know multiplication, have them multiply the original sum by 7 (days in the week), and then divide it by their age.  The result will be different for everyone; but, it'll keep their brains working!   This is also a good... read more

Chances are you’re excited about school being out for summer…I couldn’t agree more! School gets so busy towards the end of the year. Testing, sporting events, concerts and other happenings can all take a toll on your child's practice routine. Once the dust settles from the end of school year festivities, kids with a less full calendar of things to do all too often become bored and need some ideas about how to best spend their time.   If you, or your child, are interested in maintaining or increasing music performance skills from the last day of school through the first day of school the most effective approach is through facilitating time spent on task. Of course, continuing music lessons is a great start! Your child’s private music teacher is the best resource for keeping your son/daughter motivated throughout the summer months. S/he should also be able to recommend outside performance opportunities to support your child’s efforts while introducing them to other students... read more

I believe that students need to take a couple of weeks right after school is out and have fun! They have been cooped up, studying hard and walking that line of following rules and being told what and what not to do for quite a while.  They have been stressed with finals and trying to get every last good grade possible to ensure either passing to the next grade or upping their GPA's .  Summer continues to get shorter and shorter with schools starting now at the end of July, so let them be kids, have fun and relax.  Now this is not to say that maybe reading a book here and there or prepping for SAT's or other important tests should be totally forgotten but on a bit of a slower pace than in the regular school year. Getting on the internet and using educational resources and tools that make learning fun and not feel like school is a good way to keep their minds sharp also.  Traveling is one of the most educational experiences there is if possible over the summer...maybe... read more

The #1 thing you can do to avoid brain drain over the summer is to READ something, anything, daily! Reading keeps our minds active, even if it's just perusing over the newspaper or picking up a magazine and taking in an article.   For parents, there are so many teachable moments in any given day. When in the car, tell your kids what the odometer reads when you leave the grocery store and tell them what it says when you arrive home. They can calculate how far in miles and tenths of miles you traveled. This can be done on vacation as you travel also. They can add up the cost of items at the grocery store, or at least guesstimate what the cost will be. You can have them figure the bill at a restaurant or how much tip to leave. One of the best places for math is in the kitchen! Recipes are full of fractions, and with a little creativity, a math lesson can be completed before they even know it.   Going to the movies? Add up the price of the tickets. Ask each other... read more

School's almost out for the summer, and to me, summertime is a perfect excuse to try learning and growing in new, fun ways. When I tutor students over the summer, I make a concerted effort to inject some fun into our work, so that it doesn't feel like homework. We read fun or unusual books, or we put a twist on a project. Write a creative, narrative response to a work instead of an analytical essay, or go on a little “field trip” to find learning in unexpected places. I've recently devised a new fun “field trip” type activity, and I'd like to share it today. But first, some background. I participate in a monthly “Bring Your Own Book” club, where each month we are given a topic and we each choose a book that relates to the topic to read and bring in. We always end up with a really interesting mix of genres and types of stories, all revolving around a theme (such as “books with animals as main characters” or “books that have inspired music”). Since I tutor high school English,... read more

As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing their writing and analytical skills.   I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs. Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested. We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc.   Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to discuss further!     - Tim 

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