Building the Bridge to a Brighter Future!

BUILDING A BRIDGE TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Date: 7/17/2017 6:10 PM PDT

When I was growing up, the thought of my parents hiring a tutor for me was a faux pas, to say the least. I thought the only kids who had tutors were the ones who struggled in school. Looking back, however, I often wonder if I could have been more successful and comfortable with math and science had my parents hired one for me.
Hiring a tutor for your student is not necessarily a cheap investment, but it is one that can have many benefits for your kiddo and their future. So, here are -


1.   Establish an Early Foundation

Did you know that you can hire a tutor for your kiddo at as young as three years old? In fact, many studies have shown that teaching your toddler to read can help them reach a first-grade reading level by the time they are in kindergarten. In this day and age of such extreme competitiveness, it is incredibly important to help your child establish a strong foundation at an early age. 

2.   Maintain Skills Over the Summer

Summer is a great time for students to relax, and catch up with friends and family. But why not have them catch up on their sweet skills, too? Was there a particular topic that your kiddo had difficulty with throughout the last school year? Is there a subject you want your student to get a head in? Is there a new skill set (IE. handwriting, cursive, underwater basket weaving) that you would love for your child to learn? Hiring a tutor for over the summer can allow students to fine tune their academic knowledge and get ahead prior to the next school year. 
3.   Personalized One-on-One Support

Today's classroom populations are getting larger and larger. Although there are many wonderful and dedicated teachers out there, having a class of 30 plus students does not permit much time for one-on-one instruction. Hiring a tutor for your student can offer them that much needed, individualized instruction. In such a setting, students can learn in the way that best suits them, whether that be visually, aurally, kinesthetically, or some combo of the three. Furthermore, a tutor has the ability to make even the most boring subjects somewhat interesting to your child by personalizing it to meet your child's interests and needs. 

4.   Boost Confidence

By getting that one-on-one individualized support, your students confidence is sure to soar. Although they may be embarrassed at first that you actually hired a tutor for them, as their teachers begin to note and compliment their gains and successes that spill over into the classroom setting those feelings of humility will soon subside. 

5.   Avoid the Homework War

Ah, the dreaded homework war... when one worksheet can turn your home into a combat zone. Let a tutor handle the homework. Not only are students less likely to argue and say "no," by allowing a tutor to do homework with your student gives them more insight as to what and how your child is learning at school so that they can gear their lesson towards similar concepts. 

6.   Free from Peer Pressure

Students are faced with so many challenges in the classroom. From less than thrilling topics to crowded classes. One of the biggest challenges faced in the classroom, however, is that of peer pressure. No one wants to be the kid who is called on and doesn't know the answer. For fear of looking "dumb" in front of their friends, students often don't participate in class or ask the questions needed to really learn the subject. At home tutoring eliminates those pressures and allows students to really delve into learning. Tutoring allows students to make mistakes and ask "silly" questions, without the fear of what their peers may think. 


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Date: 6/24/2017 1:23 PM PDT

One of my favorite things about working in the school that I did was the people I got to work with. Sure, the kids were awesome and the feeling that I got when they finally grasped a concept I had been teaching was indescribable; but there’s nothing like getting to work with your closest friends. 


One of my favorite activities that we did during the school year was Shaving Cream Cursive. If you haven’t tried this with your kiddos yet, you NEED to! Not only is it fun for the kids because they feel like they’re making a mess by spreading shaving cream all over and then getting to draw/write in it, but it also helps to clean the desks. Seriously! All that mysterious and unmentionable grime gets cleaned away when you wipe off the shaving cream at the end of the lesson, and it makes the desks nice and shiny. 

Without fail, my kiddos loved this activity every time we did it. Often one of my co-teachers would come in and join in on the fun. We would go around and write on the kids desks in cursive and then we’d have them read it to us. I had them spell their spelling or vocabulary words in it. We would help them draw pictures. It’s just a super fun tactical and kinesthetic activity. Especially when the shaving cream fight ensued. Check it out below.


*Please note: No teachers, students, or clothing was harmed during said shaving cream war. A good time was had by all involved. 




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Date: 6/23/2017 4:54 PM PDT

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Date: 6/23/2017 4:23 PM PDT


I was working with a student today on their sight words. We were working on quick word recognition through a game I call "word search" - we scattered sight word cards all over and when I called out a word they had to find it. Not only was I tickled pink when they told me, "This is the most fun sight word game!" but their mom also informed me that their fluency went from 29 words per minute to 40 words per minute in two weeks!! I am incredibly proud and love seeing my kiddos building bridges to success.

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Date: 6/23/2017 4:20 PM PDT

This morning I was working with a kiddo who told me that this problem was the "hardest problem in the world." As a visual learner, seeing all these numbers in black and white was completely overwhelming. After rewriting it in a color coded format and some slight coaching he was able to solve it all by himself! So proud of my kiddos and the bridges they continuously create!


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