Category: Education

Tutoring 101

11/06/2017 | 1 Comment

It is that time of year when you may be wondering…does my child need a tutor?  Here are some signs your child may need assistance outside of the classroom: Preschool (four and half years old to Kindergarten) has difficulty grasping a small writing instrument to make controlled movements can’t recognize the letters in their name does not speak in complete sentences has another diagnosed developmental delay demonstrating problems with number concepts Grades K-12 difficulty forming letters when writing in print … Continue reading

Why Preschool is so Important!

03/16/2017 | 2 Comments

A high-quality preschool is designed to prepare your little scholar for future success not just academically, but more importantly emotionally and and socially.   Many parents view preschool as a place to build a solid educational foundation.   This is true, but a high-quality preschool experience offers so much more to children. A high-quality preschool is the first exposure many children have to a structured social setting with solid expectations and rules. A high-quality preschool offers children the free play … Continue reading

Why Your Child NEEDS a Tutor

01/18/2017 | 1 Comment

A parent recently told me he would have never made it through school without his tutor. He was not a poor student by any means; he actually graduated near the top of his class from a very prestigious private school in Richmond, Virginia and went on to a top-notch college. When I asked him why his tutor was essential to his education, he said “she knew how I learned and was able to teach me to see things in a different … Continue reading

What to do with a Bad Grade?

03/03/2016 | Comments Off on What to do with a Bad Grade?

Your third-grader brings home a reading test for you to sign, and your heart sinks when you see the red F at the top of the paper (did the teacher really need to use red?), and “how did you study for this test?” underlined with big, bold letters. Your child is crushed as he shows you the paper. Your first thought is to reassure him, but you are asking yourself a million questions….What’s going on here?  Is the work really too … Continue reading

Summer Learning Loss…THE FACTS AND SUGGESTIONS!

06/08/2015 | Comments Off on Summer Learning Loss…THE FACTS AND SUGGESTIONS!

Believe it or not, summer is here!  This is the time of year we all look forward to some unstructured, downtime with thoughts of school a million miles away.  As you think about the plans to take a break, studies show that this is not a good idea to give up on learning altogether. Here are the staggering facts about summer learning loss: Students can lose up to 15% of their academic ability over the summer if they don’t read, … Continue reading

March Madness

03/14/2011 | Comments Off on March Madness

It is my favorite time of year!  Okay, I know I sound like Jay Bilas, but March is my favorite month.  AP is turning four, Wade is turning seven and I am turning….well, that is not important.  I get excited about the potential for a snap of warm weather on any given day.  I also like the hustle and bustle of Spring.  Soccer, baseball, ballet, soccer, soccer, baseball, in that order every week until the end of May.  Many of … Continue reading

It’s time to hit the ground running!

01/10/2011 | Comments Off on It’s time to hit the ground running!

I am sure some of you are taking the first few days of 2011 literally running!  I wish I could say I was in that group.  I really loved running, but I have come to the conclusion unless I am on the soccer field running for the goal or being chased by a large bear I am not going to run anymore.  I will stick to spin class, the elliptical or stair climber. I am going to hit the ground … Continue reading

Read like a Scholar!

11/10/2010 | Comments Off on Read like a Scholar!

Can you believe it is already that time of year?  I am not talking about the holidays, but Parent Teacher Conferences! I will be going to my boys’ conferences on Thursday.  I am anxious just writing about it.  Like many of you, I have concerns about my sons’ progress. Time and time again though, I hear more parents express deep concern about their child’s progress in reading.  Reading is the one skill that a student must be proficient in to … Continue reading

Back to School!

09/13/2010 | Comments Off on Back to School!

It really is my favorite time of the year!  I love all the shiny new school supplies and the overall excitement that is amidst us!  There is only one little thing that keeps me in check and that is the exhaustion level of my children. I am sure you can picture this…your sweet little child hops in the car (or off the bus) and the moment you pull away (or he leaves his bus spot), they change into this child … Continue reading

Is my child ready for Kindergarten? How do I know?

08/12/2010 | Comments Off on Is my child ready for Kindergarten? How do I know?

I am a public school girl. All of my education was in a public school setting: elementary, junior high, high school, college and graduate school. My husband and I were prepared to go the public school route for our children. At the last minute, we changed our minds and decided to explore what independent schools had to offer our children. Making the decision to go through the “process” was easy. The testing and waiting were not so easy. Although I … Continue reading

Keeping your kids entertained and cool in the Summer Heat

07/01/2010 | Comments Off on Keeping your kids entertained and cool in the Summer Heat

I heard today we had the hottest June in history.  I am the first to admit that I love the hot weather, but I have to tell you the end of June was brutal even for a sun worshiper like me!  As the temperature rises, the kids tend to spend more time inside and boy do they get bored quick!  Sometimes I wonder why I even have toys at my house because what keeps my kids entertained more than anything … Continue reading

Summer Slide

05/10/2010 | Comments Off on Summer Slide

Summertime!  Pool, camps, baseball games, chasing fireflies, lazy summer days, right?  Well, not so fast!  There is a very real issue that constant plagues our children every year during these lazy summer days.  It is summer slide which is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. This past fall I received a phone call from a panicked mom.  Her son had spent lots of time at the river, pool, play dates and vacation, but … Continue reading

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

03/02/2010 | Comments Off on Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Celebrations! Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. You’re off to play! No wait—let some books take you away! You have books on your shelf. You have words in yourself. So read away little elf! You’ll look up and down shelves. Look ’em over with care. About some you’ll say, “I don’t choose to read there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good beat. And you may not find … Continue reading

No More Candy Please!

02/09/2010 | Comments Off on No More Candy Please!

Want to give your little Valentine something other than candy for Valentine’s Day this year? Books are a great option that kids will love and won’t rot their teeth! Continue reading

101 Ways to Praise Your Child

01/25/2010 | Comments Off on 101 Ways to Praise Your Child

Praising your child is one of the most important things you can do for them.  It gives them the self-confidence they need to succeed in all areas!  Here is a list of just a few of my favorites: 101 Ways to Praise Your Child That’s Incredible! How Extraordinary! You’re Very Talented! Outstanding Performance! Far Out! Great! Very Brave! Marvelous! I Can’t Get Over It! Wonderful! You Figured It Out! You Should Be Proud! Amazing Effort! Unbelievable Work! You’re the Greatest! … Continue reading

Twas the First Day of School

12/14/2009 | 3 Comments

Twas the morning of the first day of school, when all through the halls not a creature was stirring not even the baseballs. The chairs were snug by each desk with care, in hopes that the school buses soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of homework danced in their heads; And the teachers were smiling and laughing with thoughts of sweet faces on their way, when the children had suddenly just … Continue reading

Where did all of her confidence go?

10/26/2009 | Comments Off on Where did all of her confidence go?

Just recently I was working with a student who has been struggling in math.  She understands the concepts and process of math.  To her credit, she actually has a good solid foundation in math except for one little thing…she never memorized her subtraction math facts so she relies on her fingers when subtracting.    She is so embarrassed to use her fingers as her calculator she hides her hands under the table so no one else can see her.  In turn … Continue reading