Whew, another year of school is almost finished. I think this year has been challenging for many students. We are still adjusting to all the changes in the curriculum.
As a tutor, I have noticed that many students are working hard to keep up with the fast paced lessons. Many of my students come to me for that extra help and clarity of their work. For the most part, each earlier lesson builds on the next concept, so if the first one is not grasped, the next one will be a total blank.
My advice to all you great parents, is to take to heart any notes or comments that come from the teacher's last report card. Also, ask him or her if there are any weak areas in math or reading or comprehension, or language arts. If you can target those areas, then you can either find good workbooks or possibly a tutor that can help fill in the blanks for your sweethearts. That way, they will start the new year with confidence and clarity.
I highly recommend keeping your child's hand in during the summer with a possible 30 minute a day program. Depending on their grade level, it can be multiplication, division, fractions etc. Make it a game! Use a chart, so they can mark off their accomplishments! Reward them for sticking to their program.
If you have small ones, here's a game I used to use on my pre-kinder students to learn their numbers and ABC's. Get a small ball, soft of course, and throw it back and forth reciting the letters and numbers in turn. Then switch, so that your youngster can say the opposite ones. It is very fun and works great! Also for learning adding and subtracting, use chalk, write big, use many colors to make it fun! Start with easy ones and then progress. In my tutoring, I have many students learning their multiplication. We have two playing at once, (well matched), and they get points for right answers. Prizes can be gum, a pencil, an eraser, anything to keep it a game. Learning is done with smiles on their faces!!!
I am here to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to email me, call me or text me.