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|Posted on July 1, 2019 at 8:04 PM||comments (122)|
. The following is a true story.
I run a tutoring business and always have students in and out of my office area. I provide snacks and water to all of my students.
One of my boy students asked for water. Of course I said it was fine to get it. Somehow it spilled on the carpet. My first thought was to just grab a paper towel and dry the carpet, no big deal! When I looked up at my student's face, it was filled with terror! He was so scared! I was very
surprised. I quickly assured him that it was not a problem, that it was only water. We could use a paper towel and easily dry it up. Eventually he calmed down and resumed our tutoring.
Needless to say, I was very taken aback at the response of
the child. I can only imagine that in his environment, if accidents happen,
he is either scolded intensely, or punished. So sad. Unfortunately, the more discipline and yelling and fear a child receives when there is an
accident, leaves fear there, instead of understanding. You know the old saying, "When you don't want something to happen, like an accident, that's what happens." To be so scared that something might happen, sets the stage for disaster.
Fear is never the right way to handle anything. Let's help them feel safe and confident and loved.
I would love to hear from any of you out there. I am happy to answer any questions or hear any opinions. I can be reached at the email address and number below.
|Posted on June 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM||comments (28)|
Hybrid homeschooling, a term many of you may not be familiar with. As most of you know, there is a fast growing community of homeschoolers out there. Homeschooling has become a viable way to educate your child, and have a hand in their curriculum and learning material choices. Homeschooling numbers have gone from 50,000 to 1.8 million from 1999 to 2012. It can be a way to better educate your child, due to providing needed attention and usually a broader program of learning. In most of the programs there is room for the child's passions and interests. This all sound too good to be true, right? What could possibly stop parents from doing this if their student is struggling or falling behind?
Homeschooling necessitates organized, somewhat supervised learning and a parent, or tutor, or teacher to help guide the student. As we know, in many households, both parents work to pay for the expenses of the family. Hiring a full time tutor/teacher, can get expensive. So here we have the rough spot. Who will be in charge of the learning schedule and oversee the work that needs to be gotten done?
Here is where Hybrid homeschooling comes in. As homeschooling in general becomes more and more popular, and more and more parents need and want to move over to it, a type of help with homeschooling needs to be available. What if you could drop off your student 2 to 3 days a week for 2 to 3 hours to receive their schooling and get the help they needed? Mom and dad can go to work. Everybody wins. Children get what they need regarding their education, parents are able to work as needed. More and more of these type of places are springing up. Hybrid homeschooling is a model where children split their time between homeschool and a more traditional environment. Maybe 3 days at home, two days at school, or 2 days at home, 3 days at school, or many other options.
These organizations are not called schools, as they DO NOT follow regulations that schools do. One of the best parts of this kind of education is "Primary in shaping the education of their children are the
Parents! School is secondary, home is first in importance. I personally have knowledge of this type of education as a family member of mine goes to this kind of school and loves it. She had peer problems in her traditional high school and I found a better solution through a tutoring student of mine. He is also doing great there.
|Posted on June 24, 2017 at 4:57 PM||comments (114)|
So you have decided to homeschool. What should you do first?
Most of you will want to file the Private School Affidavit. This entitles you
to start homeschooling. You are now the administrator/teacher. Certain
subjects are mandated, such as reading, math, social studies and science, but you do have a lot of freedom with this choice of homeschool.
Record keeping requires keeping a copy of the completed Private
School Affidavit, an attendance record, and information on the "teacher" which does not involve holding a teaching credential, but only to be
"capable of teaching". Also a plan for the course of study being taught.
With this option, you simply notify the previous school of what you are doing. If your child attended a public or private school, you can request their records. This is done by writing a letter from you (your school) to the prior school, requesting the school records. Be sure the name yourself as the child's administrator because you want your child's file at that school closed, which will not happen if you exercise your right to a parental copy. A new law went into effect on January 1, 2013 requiring states to forward a pupil's permanent record or a copy no later than 10 schooldays following the date the request was received.
You are pretty much on the way now. The next big step is "Designing a Course of Study". Things to consider are, what is my child's
learning style? Where are they in their subjects? If this seems overwhelming, you may want to start with a packaged curriculum.
Well, these are the beginning steps to opening your own homeschool. I will be talking more about this subject, but would love to address your questions and concerns. I can be reached at the email below. Happy Homeschooling.
|Posted on June 14, 2017 at 9:41 PM||comments (212)|
There are 3 basic kinds of learner, Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. Makes sense, right, everyone learns differently.
A Visual Learner is also called The Watcher. He or she likes to see, observe, record and write. They learn through observation. They thrive on pictures, diagrams, and watching videos. Comics and graphs are also favorites. using checklists for these students works great. Using line games, videos and using reward charts help these students.
Flash cards, computer graphics, maps, visual images in books, posters, and cartoons are favorites.
The Auditory Learner, or the Listener, need to talk and listen. These learners are sensitive to the tone of your voice. Reading aloud, being read to, audio books and lectures are the favorites. Talking about ideas, interests, problems and possibilities work for them. Limited noise is best, or headphones. Give oral direction and have the child say them back to you. Tape recorders are great. Their preference is giving oral reports or taking oral exams.
Kinesthetic Learners, or The Doer, excels through the sense of touch. They need "to do" things. They are often high energy children who process while moving. These students need room to move around, big hugs and lots of involvement help them learn. Hands on for these guys, use demonstrations, experiments, crafts, and posters. Repetitive actions while memorizing - trampolines, and jumping rope helps to engage their brains. Keeping their hands busy and not too much noise works for them. Drawing, highlighting, playing learning games, art projects are favorites, much preferred to testing and writing.
I'm sure by now, you have identified your sweetheart and hopefully this gives you some helpful hints to help them learn and engage in their learning comfortably. It makes sense that we are all not alike, doesn't it?
That's why one child thrives on writing and organizing and another needs to build and create to understand his work.
As always, I am happy to answer any question. I can be contacted at the email below. Happy schooling!
Mrs. Patt's Tutoring
|Posted on June 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM||comments (63)|
Why do parents decide to homeschool their children? The 3 most known reasons are Religious, Philosophical, and Problem-Solving.
Religion is an important part of many people's lives. They feel that public school does not project the value system that they want their children to have.
Philosophy - Some parents believe that today's educational instruction does not promote learning and true growth. Some prefer older methods of education and some want the cutting edge of technology for their children.
Problem- Solving - This might represent the largest group. These parents had their children in traditional school, but felt it failed to give their children the best possible education. It was not a good fit for their
student. They turned to homeschooling because they felt the system lacked the necessary individual care needed for their child.. Your reason may be one of these, or yet quite another one.
LEARN THE LAWS
California offer state funds charter schools. If you enroll in a "homeschool charter school", you have an advisor with funds to assist you in getting your materials and resources. One other alternative, is for a family (or group of families) to set themselves up as a private school.
This can be relatively simple. In this mode, you can set up the student group and have parents take turns being the "teacher". When you have lots of help, things can be much easier. See who is good at what type of subject, and divide up learning accordingly. In that way, the responsibility and the planning can be divided between many parents, or grandparents, and the work of it all will be divided. Field trips can happen on the weekends, or holiday weeks. Have fun with it. As far as the
curriculum goes, you can agree on a standard homeschooling program and vary according to any needs each child has. If there is a specific subject that NO ONE feels comfortable teaching, jointly hire a tutor.
All problems can be handled. Check your state for legals and go from there.
As most of my readers know, I am a tutor. I work out of my home in California and help all kinds of students. I have 2 grown daughters of my own and 3 beautiful granddaughters, who I love to help learn. Each one of them learns differently, as each of your children do. Some are readers and some are visual learners. Think back to your schooling and what you learned and now jump forward and honestly think about what parts of your education you use each day, at home and on your job. Center on those things. Ask your child what they want to do when they are older, and model their learning around that. I taught in a private school for many years, and we had the opportunity to teach our students academically and otherwise. I was the cooking teacher, one of my loves, and we had an art teacher, and we had reward systems. School was fun. We did not have homework. Imagine that. They learned in school and parents did not have to be the second teacher each night. Simplicity is the key.
Make your own schedules. Set it up so that it is easy for you and your children. I have worked with many homeschoolers and they can learn traditional studies in half the time. Use lots of fun things to teach. I have reward points boards in my tutoring, and snacks to munch on. Make it fun. Keep it light. We want our children to love learning.
If any of you out there have questions, please feel free to write me a comment, or email me personally. I love to help. I have included my email at the bottom. HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING!
|Posted on May 28, 2017 at 3:06 PM||comments (93)|
Well, here we are again. Another year is coming to a close. Summer is around the corner. Children are SO glad that there will be
This author's personal opinion is that most children have TOO
MUCH homework. Countless hours spent on too much at a time for their age level. The most unfortunate part of that is that after all of it is done, did they understand what they learned? I have many math students who do not understand the concepts being presented. This is partly because of the wordage used to explain the concept. After it is explained to them in layman's terms, they can grasp what they need to do. They can then
do a small amount of this kind of problem, and then move on.
Simplicity is the key to understanding. This concept works in math and in reading and reading comprehension. When our students read their materials, we double check that all words are understood and pictures are found if necessary. When you hear a student say that a book got boring, something went wrong.
Homeschooling has become more and more popular with each year as it allows each student to move at their own pace and to some-what help write their curriculum. If you are going to be a writer, you had better take some classes to help with that. Many parents love the idea
of homeschooling, but are hindered due to the necessity of working full time jobs. It is a tough situation. If you feel that it is time to look at this option, know that there are ways to make that happen and still work.
Homeschooling does not need to be an all day thing.
For those of you with religious convictions who choose not to vaccinate your sons and daughter, homeschooling can be your go-to
answer. Homeschooling can be great on many levels. If interested, I have other articles which go over ways to set up homeschooling while still working.
Well, back to the subject of school being out for a couple of months. I highly recommend having a light schedule of review for your child.
Make it fun, make it with a reward weekly, but keep their hand in. You will be so glad you did. If help is needed, go to Barnes and Noble and take a look at the books called TEST PREP for the year that your child just finished. They are great books. I will be using them with my summer
students to help fill in the gaps from the year ending.
As usual, I am here to answer any questions. I can be reached by email, or through my website. Our goal here is well educated children who can thing for themselves.
|Posted on April 1, 2017 at 8:15 PM||comments (41)|
HOMESCHOOLING, is it a good alternative? Do you feel you could successfully educate your child? These are questions that many parents ask themselves.
I have been working with students for the past 17 years. Unfortunately, I see many children who are being dragged through public school, not really getting it, but forced to keep going. There are many things that go awry, with their education. Today's schools are too full, understaffed, and missing the extra help needed for students. Teachers are doing their best for the most part, but can't cover all the bases.
Example - I have a student we will call Ted. He is in 5th grade and is being threatened to be held back. He learns new concepts in his studies almost daily. The crime here is that he never really does each concept enough times to really learn it. Do this again and again, and we get failing students. We get confused students. We get stressed students. We get uneducated students.
Solution - One answer to this problem is homeschooling. Homeschooling has no real time limits. Concepts can be reviewed, drilled, exampled, and done until the student feels great about the concept. Imagine math learned in this way.
Have you looked at some of the math and language arts books that most kids use in class these days? OMG! I have a wonderful 3rd grader who, can't really understand her math question unless I help her understand the question. How do you do your work with that problem? In most homeschool books, the questions are written in simpler terms and as such, are easier to understand and do. They accomplish what we need, teaching our students to actually learn their math.
Is your student struggling in school? Do these ideas make sense? Does your child need help? Homeschooling may be a solution for you. Would you like to help educate your child in life learning and academics? You can do this!
Now, the big problem? Time and scheduling, right? In my BLOGS, I have another one talking about this situation. It can be done. Working moms and dads can do this.
It takes creativity and organization, but it can be done. Pool your resources with your friends and neighbors, get a small group together. If needed, use a tutor for a few hours a week. The rewards are great and very worthwhile!
I am always willing to answer any questions. Email me at [email protected]
and I will answer. My quest is helping these students to win in school and love education, NOT hate school, not be stressed!
|Posted on March 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (47)|
Many of you parents would love the option of homeschooling your sweethearts, but time wise and economically it is just not possible.
As a helpful solution, tutors have been used throughout the school year, but with the heavy homework loads each night, extra help on math or reading is just not possible.
Possible solution! Summer homeschooling! You ask, what is that and how does it work? I have many students coming to summer tutoring this year for help with one or more subjects that they had trouble with the whole year. Math, reading, writing, etc.! We will have small groups set up for subjects and appropriate year study to strengthen whatever subject is needed.
For example, math, 2 to 4 hours a week, we will center on things that the student didn't quite grasp that year! We will be using a couple of different homeschool programs. There will be some homework to be done at home, but not an overwhelming load like school time. It will be fun! There will be reward prizes! Study games!
If this sounds good to you, please call or email me for a FREE
CONSULTATION! In 2 or 3 short months, we can accomplish so much. It is in a safe, cool, happy environment. I have been working with students for over 17 years and enjoy immensely helping students learn and thrive!
Imagine having your student really ready for his or her next school year, feeling confident and ready!
|Posted on December 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM||comments (191)|
My name is Patt Condiotti. I run a tutoring group in Tustin, California called Mrs. Patt's Tutoring. I am the blessed mother of 2 amazing daughters and 3 equally amazing granddaughters.
My tutoring group is a family staffed group. Both my daughters work with me. One of them is a pre-school thru second grade teacher, and the other is a Behavioral Specialist, who also works at a local public school.
We are a bit different than most tutoring groups. We work with all our students with love and expertise in teaching, but also with many extra helpful training tips that help to expand the students learning and confidence. Feeling safe and not pressured is imperative when teaching children. All children learn at their own pace. I personally have students who do outstanding by helping them to focus using small games and techniques. It not only centers their attention, but makes them very happy in the process.
I am a huge believer in having my students well feed and well rested. Both of these things can change the outcome of their tutoring time.
For the most part, we all are a bit of health nuts. We eat organic food, use natural alternatives when possible, and use a nutritionist/chiropractor when we can for any problems.
The point to this writing is to share some simple things to help these great children of the future to stay healthy and strong and properly educated, but to make sure their love of learning stays in tack. I want to share a small success I had this year with a young girl, 8 years old. She was having a terrible time in math. We worked on her homework and practiced many types of math and slowly but surely her confidence came up and so did her scores. She is a delightful child, and now is not afraid of math or school. her mother told me that she was getting sick often and didn't want to go to school. I am happy to say that all that is gone and she has confidence in yourself and her skills. Each and every time I have the pleasure of witnessing this kind of change, makes me very happy and I know adds to the sanity and competence of our future children.
I am always happy to answer any questions you might have and can be reached on my website, mrspattstutoring.net, or by email,
Here's to a great New Year!
|Posted on June 30, 2016 at 6:36 PM||comments (39)|
Did you know that July 1, 2016 is the start date for the new vaccine law?
Did you know that whenever your child begins school again, they will be checked for all their vaccinations? That means all the shots that are on the required list on the vaccine law. If you are a parent who is getting the vaccines for your child, but at a slower rate than multiple shots, you will need to get permission from your school to be on a conditional schedule. There are to date, 40 or so vaccines necessary to attend a public school. There is also a clause in the bill, SB277, that states that any vaccine can be added to the lineup at anytime.
Did you know that if you had a Personal Belief Statement at your school office, that you will be grandfathered in to the new law. What does that mean? It means that your child's vaccine schedule will only be viewed at the main checkpoints stated in the bill. The checkpoints are
TK/Kindergarten and 7th grade. To many parents upset, this form had to be put in by December 31st, 2015.
Okay, so if you are a parent who chooses NOT to have your child receive all of the vaccinations called for, these are some of your options.
1) Your child can be in a private home based school. (Homeschooled)
2) Your child can be in an independent study program, (not receiving
classroom based instruction). Some classroom instruction, less than 80% is allowable. Charter schools have some class based classes and these are acceptable.
3) If your child has an IEP, (Individual Education Program), access to special education and related services cannot be denied.
(4) Your child can be exempted from vaccines, if a medical doctor deems that there is eminent danger to your child. An example of this may be autism in the family, or a medical condition which already compromises the child.
The point of this article is too inform and educate. Please do read SB277 for yourself. If you need more clarification, The Homeschooling Network has some good information on their website. Be informed. There are some choices.
If you decide on homeschooling as your option, I have written a few short BLOGS on that. They can be found on my website, in MY BLOGS.
mrspattstutoring.net. I am happy to answer any questions. I can emailed at [email protected]