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Summer Tutoring

Posted by on Aug 4, 2010 in Home & Family | Leave A Comment

Summer tutoring is a great way to help your child get a little extra help without having to worry about all the stresses that an average school day brings. This help may be needed because your child has fallen behind in one or two subjects or it may be because you want to give him or her an extra advantage at school the next year. Regardless of your intention, finding an effective and affordable tutor to assist your child can be an easy and beneficial process if you follow these helpful tips.

First, find a tutor who is patient and flexible. Talk to the tutor about his or her philosophy in teaching. You child needs to gain confidence through this experience. Will he or she be able to do that working with this person? Does this person seem compassionate? How many children has he or she worked with before? What age group does he or she primarily tutor? What kind of teaching experience does he or she have? Second, make sure the tutor is proficient in the subject that he or she is teaching. This is crucial to your child’s success.

Before you choose a tutor, you should try to pinpoint exactly what areas your child needs help in. For example, were there particular concepts in math or science that he had difficulty with? Did your child have trouble understanding how to compose and write a paper? Does your child need help once a week, twice a week, or every day? Is the tutor available to work on your timetable? If not, is there an adequate substitute?

Where will you find a suitable tutor? Depending on the type of area you live in, you may be limited in resources. Check local schools to see if teachers are willing to give up some of their summer to work with your child. Larger urban areas may have professional tutors for hire.

Third, discuss learning styles with the tutor. A good tutor should be knowledgeable about this concept. Every child learns differently and the key to helping them retain information is to communicate to them in their learning style. There are three basic types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic. Children who have a visual style learn by seeing and doing. They take detailed notes, sit up front and benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color. Children who have an auditory style learn by hearing and listening. They sit where they can hear the lecture and learn material by reading it out loud because this helps them understand it better. Children who have a tactile or kinesthetic style learn by touching or doing, are very active and take frequent breaks when studying. They speak with their hands and prefer to learn through hands-on experience. A good tutor will understand how to identify these styles and base the tutoring curriculum and session around them. As a parent, it is also beneficial to know these as well.

Lastly, know your budget and what you are able to spend. How much do you want to pay for a tutor? Do you want a private tutor or do you want your child to participate in a tutoring program through a school? Tutoring costs can range from paying a private tutor $10 to 20 an hour to paying a school tutoring program $500 for four weeks. The cost will also depend on where you live. It is not unreasonable to expect to pay $45 to $60 an hour in urban areas. The subject matter also factors into the tutoring cost. The more difficult the subject, the higher amount you will pay.

Summer tutoring offers a chance for your child to get ahead or stay focused on a specific subject that he or she may be having difficulty with. Being knowledgeable about your options can help you make the best informed decision. Your child will benefit from a tutoring opportunity and will hopefully be well prepared for the next school year by the time fall arrives.

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Summertime Fun With Your Family

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in Home & Family | Leave A Comment

This guest post is being shared by Carol Dell, one of our readers. 🙂

For a family, there is no time more exciting than holidays, birthdays, and the summer. Depending on how old your children are, or whether you and your significant other both work during the day, the summer can be very hectic or run smooth. I hope I can give you some tips to help you and your family have a remarkable, memorable summer, and hopefully hassle free.

By the time you know it, school will be starting up again. There are many fun activities to do during the summer that don’t require an enormous amount of cash. The first activity, which is almost a summer staple, is to either go swimming or visit a beach. Whether you own a pool, are a pool club member, or can pay to go to a local pool for a day, swimming is a great way to let the kids have fun in the sun.

If you are planning on going to a public pool, remember that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be the busiest days, so if your schedule allows it, try to go during the week. As mentioned before, another great way to spend a day with the kids is by going to the beach. If you’re within driving distance to a beach, this can be a perfect one time opportunity.

In order to save on costs, pack a lunch for your family beforehand. Enjoying sandwiches with your feet in the sand can be just as rewarding as going to a restaurant for lunch. On those really hot afternoons, devote a day to staying inside. Whether you decide to watch movies, play board games all day, partake in crafts, staying inside can break the routine of the stereotypical summer spent all outdoors.

A good way to add some education to your child’s summer would be to visit a museum, zoo, or aquarium. The admission prices will vary depending on where you choose to go, but the experience can definitely be rewarding. Just remember that certain features inside these attractions do cost extra, so it’s usually best to plan in advance and check the attraction’s website beforehand. This will give you a good overview of directions, hours, admission prices, and any other special features that may be available.

Whether you choose to go on vacation this summer, or stay at home, remember to try and make the best of it. You may work year round, but your children have worked pretty hard during the school year as well, and look forward to having a couple of months to themselves. Be safe, and have a great summer!

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Sun Protection

Posted by on Jun 21, 2009 in Home & Family | 1 comment

We all want to have fun in the summer but staying healthy is especially important when you’re out in the sun.

Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body’s protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the same exposure for hours.

Sunburn is better prevented than treated. Effective sunscreens are available in a wide variety of strengths. Most doctors recommend a sunscreen SPF level of 30 or greater.

Sunscreen should be generously applied. If out in the sun for a prolonged period of time during the day, wearing a hat and other protective clothing is recommended. Light clothing reflects the sun most effectively.

If you do get a sunburn:
* Try taking a cool shower or bath or placing wet, cold wash rags on the burn.
* Avoid products that contain benzocaine, lidocaine, or petroleum (like Vaseline).
* If blisters are present, dry bandages may help prevent infection.
* If your skin is not blistering, moisturizing cream may be applied to relieve discomfort.
* Over the counter medications, like ibuprofen, may help to relieve pain from sunburn. (Aspirin should be avoided in children who are running a fever.)

Call your doctor if you have a fever with the sunburn or if fluid-filled blisters, dizziness, or vision problems occur with it.

Keep in mind….
* Children and babies are more sensitive to the sun and are more likely than others to get a sunburn.
* Your risk of a burn increases when you’re near things that reflect the sun, including snow, water or sand.
* The harmful rays of the sun are strongest and most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* Certain medications, including antibiotics, can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

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