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The most common myth that I am regularly addressing at fairs, on the phone, and in emails, is that someone’s student is behind. I often diffuse this by asking what the scripture reference is that determines what age a student must be to take Algebra 1 or Geometry or begin studying fractions. Is it in 1st Hezekiah or 2nd Assumptions? There is often a pause, then a light begins to dawn, and the look of consternation from wrongly surmising their child is behind, is replaced with a look of relief when they realize he is right where he needs to be. Now if you have an 18 year old that is still counting on his fingers I recommend you consult a learning specialist to determine if there is a problem. But in 20 years will it make a difference whether your student is studying fractions when he is 10 or 12? The primary indicator is a child’s readiness and math background, not his age, or God forbid, his grade level. Perhaps the root problem is not the student, but an insecure parent... read more

Many students claim to be just bad test takers. No matter how much they study or how well they understand the information, when it comes to taking the test, they can’t perform. Well, rest-assure that the problem probably isn’t that the student is a “bad” test taker, but that they let stress get the better of them. In 9 out of 10 students, inability to perform on tests is caused by stress and tension. Luckily, there are some test taking tips that will help any student conquer test apprehension. SECRET WEAPONS All students should have a few of these secret ways to improve not only their test-taking abilities, but also their confidence and self-assurance on the day of the test. The following tips can make a big difference right before a test. Students should try them all to see which ones work best for them. Special Advice to Students: 1. Use multi-sensory studying and memorization practices. When we study, we tend to focus on the visual, but actually, other senses... read more

"For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates." Wow- if that statement alone doesn’t make you scratch your head and get to thinking. Click the red “x” on my page now! I know that every parent isn’t able to pay for private education. If so, I would be out of a job. But in spite of all that, you can still help pull the c- kid up to an A+ plus student. Even that diggling low D kid can be helped to get it up on the books. Heah really! Kids are the future of our country -Do you trust your kids to run it? In my family, I’d say 3 of my 6 kids I would feel safe handling such a job. Check out these statistics: One kid drops out of high school every 26 seconds. (By the time you finish reading this non stop- that will be 3 dropouts.) These dropouts will be ineligible for certain jobs, less likely to vote, paid $.40/dollar & continue the cycle of poverty. That feeling from a parent's point of view is scary... read more

By now you should know that I like to get right to the point of each blog. Yes, I love to socialize, but hey, I know that we parents want it quick, correct and easy! Right? Ok, here ya go. BTW, this will be my LAST blog before my newest son comes any day now! Should you need to block tutoring time, e-message me please! Teaching money is the perfect candidate for hands-on learning. Kids love to spend money. Teaching them to count it, save it, and give it is good training. Each time they have an opportunity to handle money they will become better and better with money and how to handle it! My 10 year old daughter ROCKS! Today, we went to Ikea. They are offering free lunch till the 5th of this month for kids up to 12 yrs old. My yummy food came to $5.99. Although I had my 4 kids with me I only paid for my food- awesome right? So, I gave the cashier a $10.00. Before she could give me my change, my daughter had already chimed in my change. And she was correct! She usually is though... read more

Juneteenth is this weekend. It is also Fathers day weekend. So why am I in the house and my husband is at the celebration with 6 kids under 12 in the 90+ heat?.......Because I'm about to deliver & he's awesome! Crazy, but awesome. Just in case you are not familiar with the holiday, here's a brief summary. Juneteenth's importance in American history is celebrated as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. It commemorates the ending of slavery in the US. On this festive day of celebration, there are guest speakers, picnics, family gatherings an African Name Ceremony and even African Drumming. It is also marked with education and achievement. With that being said, here's my contribution to the cause. Free your time with these math links! Learning Games For Kids- Below you will find great ways to help build your child's foundational skills that elementary school curriculum requires. These learning games are fun, and more importantly they teach important skills for pre-school... read more

They say that millions of American children will lose about 25% of their reading skills and approximately 2.6 months of math computation skills this summer (according to the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management). If that wasn’t bad enough, teachers typically spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching or re-reviewing material that kids forgot over the summer break (Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning). To prevent these typical summer-time losses, known as “The Summer Brain Drain” or (which occur when kids do not engage in educational activities), I am offering offering tips and lists of games and activities for parents. I am also offering my own 3-month, hour a day, summer program for kids of all ages. The brain works like the body. The good news is that mental exercises can not only prevent the losses but raise cognitive function and IQ, in a short amount of time. Reinforcing cognitive skills (tools that enable kids to successfully... read more

If you're looking for hands-on ways to build your child's math skills, head to the kitchen. Math skills are important along with text books, manipulatives and games. Even very young children can help in the kitchen. At ages two and three, my niece and son assisted me in making a pumpkin pie. Having all the ingredients and tools ready to use will help when working with youngsters who aren't great at waiting. Math: Weights, liquid measures, dry measures - it's all there. Plus basic counting, fractions, addition, multiplication, and division. Reading: Recipes are predictable texts - they use the same words over and over again. That means that beginning readers can decipher them with just a little practice. Geography: Cook something from another country for an international learning experience! Science: Recipes work because of science - leave out the baking powder and the muffins won't rise. Cooking is full of hands-on science. Plus, your kids can develop art... read more

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