Thursday, December 11, 2014

Guest post: 5 Ways Tutoring Helps Kids Grow and Excel in School

I'm happy to have a guest post today with who have several locations. Here's Dusty giving us some insights for parents and teachers about tutoring...

5 Ways Tutoring Helps Kids Grow and Excel in School

As a parent, you know what a tremendous responsibility–and at times, a challenge–it is to help your children succeed in school. Some kids take to formal education naturally, while others struggle to find their rhythm. And whether they find schoolwork easy or challenging, one of the most important takeaways from formal schooling is that kids grow to appreciate learning and just how valuable it is in life. Tutoring is a tool that can help them gain that appreciation and grow in many other ways. Here are some of the greatest benefits children experience as a result of working one-on-one with a tutor:

  1. It teaches them not to give up.

Kids who work with a tutor learn that it is possible to overcome difficulties. They see that investing time and effort can lead to great results, and that there’s no reason to give up when the going gets tough.

  1. It encourages problem solving.

School isn’t about just memorizing facts and figures; it’s about learning to solve problems when they aren’t always obvious. Tutoring gives kids the chance to ask questions, explore topics more thoroughly, and gain a deeper understanding of the solution.

  1. It leads to greater self-confidence.

By developing a greater understanding of the topic, your children will be poised for success, whether it’s in the form of knowing the answer when called on by a teacher or getting an A on the next exam. They’ll feel proud of themselves and be confident knowing that they are smart and capable students.  

  1. It gives them an extra level of support (from an outside resource).

Not every student wants advice from mom or dad, and not every parent is well versed in all of the material their children are studying. Tutors are trained experts who focus on one or a series of topics. They partner up individually with each student to talk about strengths, weaknesses, and goals. They add to your children’s support system, ensuring they always have someone to talk to or seek academic help from.

  1. It minimizes anxiety and stress for your child.

Many kids find test-taking to be extremely stressful. Likewise, getting a failing grade on a report card or major project can bring about tremendous anxiety. By working with a tutor, they’ll be able to focus on difficult subject areas and feel more prepared for assigned exams and projects. They’ll also gain tools to evaluate their performance, identify areas for improvement, and then work towards better results next time.

School isn’t just stressful for kids; it can bring about a lot of stress for parents as well. You want to do your absolute best in supporting your children and encouraging them to love learning, but that can seem like an impossible task on your own. Tutors offer support to students and their parents, equipping them with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and gain a positive outlook on lifelong learning.

Dusty Fox is a full-time world traveler and freelance writer who contributes to the Ivy Trainers network. Visit the Ivy Trainers website to learn more about the services they offer.
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Thanks Dusty!  I know one of my own children has benefited from a tutor and I even had a tutor for reading when I was young. Great tips and insights!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New pictures from today's photoshoot: Blog and author photos--yippee!

I'm super excited to show you the photos from a photoshoot I had today with New Faces LA.  Barry was the photographer and they were taken at a local park.  I think they turned out great!  I had ordered a few embroidered shirts with my logo from LogoUp.

Kids Math Teacher blog photos...  So hard to choose... Do you have a favorite?

Then there are the author photos... I like them all!  It is going to be tough to pick one to go on the back of my book.

Which one is your favorite?  Or are you having as hard a time as I am picking the best?

Friday, December 5, 2014

iHeart Math Holiday Hop

Hey everyone!  I'm joining a whole bunch of other math bloggers for this month to bring you some great math gifts and stocking stuffers : )  The posts will go live on their calendar day so if you try to go ahead of the calendar you will get an error message.  I hope you enjoy the daily iHeart Math Holiday hop!

Image Map

Stocking Stuffer #1: Giving Back

I love doing good things for others.  It truly brings a good spirit to everyone--the giver and (most of the time) the receiver, and sometimes even those people around both those individuals!  Small and large acts of kindness don't go unnoticed.  I hope at this season we can feel love and give love to others.  I often think of the idea of giving forward.  It's neat to think about how many people can be touched by simple acts of kindness.  If I do a nice thing for 3 people this year, then they each do nice things for three more and it keeps going this way, how many times before over 100 people have been touched?  It doesn't take too long...
For those of you celebrating Christmas I wanted to share with you this video about the true gift of Christmas : )

Stocking Stuffer #2:  Teaching Tip

I love teaching with hands-on applications, and I think most teachers do!  So, my tip this season is to take a bit of time to make snowflakes with your kids/students.  I loved it as a kid and still think it's fun to do.  Working with symmetry and cutting paper to make fun shapes can only be fun (and a bit messy but nothing a broom and dustpan can't fix).  I love how unique they can be!  I did find this site that gives 12 FREE printable templates in case you have younger kids that need a bit more help with folding and making a square paper.

And now..
I made a this fun sharing marshmallows freebie.  Division can be fun!  I hope you enjoy it : )

Don't forget to link up tomorrow with Mr. Hughes at An Educator's Life (click on the picture starting Dec 6th to reach the post)

Have a great remainder of 2014!  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Currently December! Woohoo!

Happy December!  Farley over at OhBoy is having her monthly linky party!  I hope we can all give something extra special this holiday season!

Listening: It is still quiet here at my house.  The older three kids are off to school, but my sick husband and two little kids are still asnoozing.  They need their rest.

Loving: It is December!  It is so much closer to the New Year (when I'm putting on my Kickstarter for the month of January!!! and I'll be the sponsor for next month's Currently)  Plus, December is such a fun month with family and fun because of the giving spirit.

Thinking:  I have so many things to do but there is so little time left.  I am taking it in stride, though.  I'm excited to get as much done as I can every day.

Wanting:  I really want to finish the layout of my book before the end of the year so I can have it as complete as possible, but I am still waiting for my loving hubby to get me the pictures he is processing.  We did a photo shoot at the end of August and I need my photos to finish the recipe pages of The Pancake Menu.

Needing:  My husband and I are in a competition to loose weight.  For every pound I lose he is supposed to drop a kilogram (2.2 lbs).  Our competition ends January 4th and I'm not sure who is winning.  I need to step it up though.  With the kids sick it is harder to get to the gym.

Giving: Excited to be part of the iHeart Math Blog Hop going on through most of the month.  My post goes up on the 5th.  I love giving and I love the thoughtful homemade gifts : )  What about you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pre-ordering The Pancake Menu! Now on Amazon--so excited!

Hey everyone, I have been busy at work so kids can have more fun with math.  I made it so you can now pre-order the Kindle version of my book--The Pancake Menu: What will you order?  It's a novelty book that helps kids practice math as they play restaurant!  The Kickstarter to run in January is to publish the print book, but for the tech crowd I also have the Kindle version!

Since I am still working on some of the pages, that is why it is only for pre-order.  I'm so excited to even see it on the Amazon site though : )

Actually, making the Kindle version is taking a bit of time because the aspect ratio is not the same as the normal book size.  So, I am reformatting each page to go into this version.  Here are two for you to see...

That way there are no blank bars at the top and bottom of the screen when you view it on your Kindle Fire.

In other things, I have been working to get onto local TV stations.  I have made a couple TV segment proposals and I'd be happy to share them with you.  This one is a cooking demo...
and the next one is mainly to help kids like math...
I hope everyone is having a nice fall and staying healthy!  Hopefully you'll be seeing me on TV soon talking about my book : )  Take care!

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