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HYBRID HOMESCHOOLING? Ever heard of it?

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (26)


        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.

WHAT KIND OF A LEARNER IS YOUR CHILD?

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (204)
         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!

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Mrs. Patt's Tutoring





      
     





LEARNING VERSUS BUSYWORK

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (61)
 
          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
NO HOMEWORK!

          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.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
mrspattstutoring.net












       









         

Children and the Future

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM Comments comments (58)
                   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,
pattcondiotti@hotmail.com.
            Here's to a great New Year!
With Love,
Patt Condiotti



WANT A FUN WAY TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CHILD'S ATTENTION?

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (34)
               Ever start working with your sweetheart on his or her work and they do great for awhile, but then their attention seems to start drifting?
What to do? What to do? There is a simple drill that you can do with them to refocus their attention.

              Sit across from your child and explain to them that you are going to pay a fun game. It is a simple, creative game. Ready?
Mom or dad, please say a word or short phase to your child. Now, your child needs to repeat it back to you, exactly. Good, done. Next, your child needs to say a word or short phrase to you. You need to repeat that phrase ,exactly. Good. Now, mom or dad again, say a short sentence to your child. Have them repeat it, exactly. Keep doing this, taking turns.
Watch your child's face! Soon they will brighten up, smile, become happier and you can tell by their responses that they are fully paying attention. At a really good point, ask them about the game, did they like it? Let them tell you how they felt about it. After they get to talk to you, let them know how great they did. Now, they can return to study, centered and focused.
               
               Give it a try! Have some fun!

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net

SUMMER AND LEARNING ALTERNATIVES!

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (7)
                Summer, a time to relax and have the family enjoy some time together. But, summer is long sometimes, and children need some structure for their days. Maybe a little bit of review work 5 days a week would help! Maybe your sweetheart needs some extra math help from the ending year. Maybe your beloved child needs some extra reading help over the summer. Comprehension a problem? ( Did you know there is a very simple solution to comprehension problems?) I have talked about it in my earlier Blogs.

             Simple solution! Go to Barnes and Noble, go on line to Amazon and search for workbooks by Spectrum. They are great workbooks. Have your child do 30 minutes a day, or so, and make sure their work is correct. If you are one of those parents who have trouble with some of the NEW MATH, and there are many, get a local tutor to help once every two weeks. If your child gets stuck on something, the tutor can help them out and put them back on their way. Very affordable, but very helpful.
I have this program in my tutoring company. That way, the student can get help if needed, and can expand his learning all summer with ease.
Spectrum has reading, math, writing and other great books. Be sure and reward your child if they met the schedule you have asked of them. A trip to the dollar store or Target would be great! I use charts in my business as of way of letting the children know when they will receive their next prize.

          Well, food for thought! I can be reached by email, or phone, for any questions you may have. Remember, lots of helpful information in MY BLOGS.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net




HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR?

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM Comments comments (18)
                 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.

Patt Condiott
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net











Today's Schooling Dilema!

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM Comments comments (196)
               Today, as parents, we are faced with many challenges in  helping our children be truly educated. Our public school system has a heavy load to bear with very little help in each classroom. My hat goes off to all our teachers for the great jobs that they do!  I have been a teacher in a classroom, and know the feeling of wanting to help everyone succeed, and feeling that there just wasn't enough time to do all that I wanted to do to help my students. I have been a tutor for almost 10 years now, and I interact with many teachers and see how hard they work to assist their pupils in anyway they can.

            Parents today, are stepping in and stepping up and helping more than ever. Again this summer, we are faced with yet another problem of vaccinations, and how we feel about being told we have to raise our children in a certain way and what is good for them. Of course, how we handle that is an individual decision. For some, that means that they might need to do homeschooling. For others, they need to stay vigilant with their child's education and health in whatever school they choose to have their child attend. Either way, our goal is the same, educated, happy, healthy, competent children.

          I personally have grown daughters, but have 3 gorgeous, amazing granddaughters who I want to help protect fiercely. I am a big believer in holistic medicine, healthy eating, and lots of love. I have been blessed with a great amount of compassion and patience for children, and it has served me well through the years. Children respond to respect, love,
and light handed guidance. Children respond to games, challenges and validation. Children need a light hand and a gentle heart. Parenting is an enormous job, but the best one in the world. Here's to all you great parents out there! Stay alert, keep helping, stay strong, we all need to work together!

        I am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding education and helping your child do well. Please feel free to email me.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net



         





HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD WHO IS FALLING BEHIND IN SCHOOL?

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 1:51 PM Comments comments (9)
         As parents we are always trying to help our children do the best they can do in life and in school. Sometimes it seems like a hard, uphill battle.
  
         Common scenario - Your sweetheart is doing their homework and starts to fidget, complain, say it is too hard, throw a book or two. You walk over and try to help. You may be a bit upset with your child and can't quite understand why they would act this way, right? Of course, you hold your patience and ask them what is wrong? They tell you that they hate math or reading and possibly they feel dumb, or sadly sometimes even cry. Heartbreaking!

         What can be done to help? Basics first. Did your child eat well today, did he or she have a good snack before homework time? Is it late and did he or she have a hard day? Most important, chat with your child.
Let them tell you if they had a hard day, did they get hurt that day, was the teacher grumpy that day, do they feel okay? In short, just let them talk to you for a bit, so that they feel that you are listening to their upsets.
After that, when everyone feels better, talk about the homework.

         Let's take math for example - A typical third grader is learning his multiplying and some division. For some, these principals are very overwhelming. Do a quick check on what parts of multiplying your sweetheart feels good about, and then work on one number at a time.
Study them in order, then out of order, do some flash cards maybe. Make it a game with a small reward at the completion of each number not known. Target $1 bin and the dollar store is a great place for prizes. 
Center on successes! Reinstate their feeling of being able to win and learn! This will go a long way to reestablish their self confidence!
        Children learn at different paces! We are individuals! Conquer small things at a time. If all the subjects are in jeopardy, do each a bit at a time, do not get overwhelmed!

           I am happy to answer questions or concerns. Feel free to email me or text me.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net




                 

IS IT REALLY ATTENTION PROBLEMS?

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (10)
          
             
              I wanted to tell a short story today about a fairly new student I have. He came to me, 4th grader, with mom worrying about being told that he had attention problems, and maybe that he needed to see someone to help with that. I always do a free consultation, so I talked with mom and the student and got him set up to come and see me twice a week. I wanted to work with him myself to see exactly what was going on with this sweet child.

          His first day he came, and started working right away. I helped him through his math and it was very apparent to me that one thing that he needed was help understanding the math terms in the problems he was working on. It is hard to do a math problem when you don't understand the question. We went over the names of angles, and shapes, and reviewed some clock problems, and before you know it, the hour was over. We had worked through the whole hour, and surprise, surprise, no attention problems. He was right with me the whole hour. Even better, he was happy and smiling at the end of the hour, and didn't want to leave.
That has continued and each time he comes, he learns more and more and gets less and less confused.

         His mom, of course, asked me what I thought about his "problem", and I told her that I did not see that problem. Yes, he needed help, but only to help him clear up and understand his schoolwork. She was relieved, of course. Unfortunately, this happens with my students a great deal of the time. Confusion, not understanding, and feeling overwhelmed creates things that look like attention problems. Too much, too fast, for example, in math, can devastate a child. Symptoms of this can be bad behavior, dullness, won't do their homework, and even sickness. Stomach aches, headaches, and generally not feeling well can occur because of feeling lost in a subject. Not wanting to go to school, is a big one!

        Remedies, let's see!  If your child is drowning in a subject, talk with him. Ask him or her when he felt good about the subject! When was math okay! You may be surprised at the answer! I asked a little boy that question who was in 3rd grade, regarding his reading, and he told me the last time he liked reading was in kindergarten!  That will be your start point. Go back and see where your sweetheart went off the rails. Slowly check what he has learned from that point forward. Watch his or her face! You will get your answers from there also! When you a get a happy, relaxed little face and demeanor, you have hit the jackpot! It may take some time to accomplish this, but it is so worth it!  One of the most beautiful sites there is, is a child who has that glow of understanding and feels so good about themselves.

          As always, I am here for questions and concerns. Below is my contact information. I would love to hear from you.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net





            


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