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Homeschooling Help Needed??

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (5)
                     Well, here we are, just about into May and then June and then school is out for this year. Around the corner is July, the month the new law on vaccinations go into effect. When school starts again in August, vaccinations will be checked for most students, unless they are grandfathered in within the new law. Grandfathered in - that means that you had a personal belief form on file last year in the office of your school. That means that you have safe years if past Kindergarten and not yet reached 7th grade yet. That means that all this applies if you haven't changed schools in the recent past and if so, that you did a new Personal Belief Form.

                    I know that many of you out there are looking to better your child's education. Some of you are taking a second look at the vaccines that are required by the state. For all of you, homeschooling is an option.
I know that is a sobering thought, and for some a scary one. It is a possible option.  To understand the law, a suggestion would be to read the law, SB277. It goes over your options.
                   One possibility is forming a small group and all agree on the program that you want to use. Waldorf is one I would recommend to take a look at. It is a very independent method of homeschooling. There are many freedoms with this program. I have a current homeschool mom who has used it for years and loves it. Secondly, take advantage of using a possible tutor. Introduce another person to your child's education. Have them tutor with a friend from the group. Ask the tutor to work with you and have a small group of 4, to lower the price per hour. Inside of your group, see what moms and dads have somewhat of a flexible schedule and see if one parent can take a turn each day to be the head teacher for the group. If not, exchange in some way with the person with the most flexible schedule and work it out. There are many ways that homeschooling can work out. Be creative!
                 I am always here for questions. I can be reached at

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats

                  

VACCINATIONS - SAFE OR NOT???

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (16)
             Vaccinations - Safe, not Safe? The publicity recently has increased 10 fold on information, opinions and films which question the current vaccines and there contents.
      
             To make matters even harder, we now have the mandatory law stating that immunizations at certain points in education are mandatory. I personally have a problem, as a parent and grandparent, with a law that tells me what I have to do as a parent, regardless of my personal beliefs on vaccinations.

             Being a tutor and educator for many years, I have worked with and seen some distressing changes that a child can suffer, from receiving vaccines, and having "side effects".  It is heartbreaking to me to see these children have such a hard time going through life.

            I currently work with one boy, 4th grade, who, per his mother changed dramatically after receiving multiple shots. I can see the damage he has suffered in his thinking, his lack of memory, his struggle with learning sometimes. He is one of the lucky ones whose parents have sought help for him through a holistic doctor that helped clean up his body as much as possible from some of the heavy metals that created bad affects for him. He is regularly seen by the doctor, mom watches his diet, and makes sure he gets lots of exercise.

          Diet can exaggerate the problems. Sugar, food dyes, lack of good fruit and vegetables that provide nutrients, can make matters even worse. Vitamins can also help. Did you know that magnesium can help calm down your body. It can help with muscle spasms and cramping, a hard time sleeping, and generally helps the body do many things.

           If you feel that your child may have reactions to the vaccines, or they have had an older brother or sister who had  bad reactions to the vaccines, or you have some health problems in your genetic line, I highly recommend that you speak with an educated doctor about your concerns. At the very least, the vaccine shots can be spread out. There is no good reason to have a sweet child have 6 shots at a time. The best thing you can do is to be personally educated on what is in the vaccines and if there are risks. Read the literature that is packed in with the vaccines. Know the possible side effects. Be educated.

           Our statistics on children with autism, neurological damage, learning disabilities, asthma and a other problems
is increasing at an alarming rate.

           As always, I am happy to answer any questions. I have a referral to a great holistic doctor if needed. I would love to hear feedback.

With love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net






Have You Been Told Your Child Has Attention Problems?

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 6:29 PM Comments comments (11)
           I have moms and dads come to have a consultation with me regarding their child, who tell me that they have been told that their child has attention problems. It has been recommended to them, that they get testing done to see if they are ADD or ADHD. Most of them are not in agreement with this viewpoint.
       Our current state curriculum, Common Core, is a very difficult, hard to understand program, at best. I personally feel that it is dragging down our students and causing hardships for them emotionally. We do have a few states who have opted out of Common Core, but the majority of the states are using it currently.

       I wanted to share a success with you all, regarding one of these students who was told that there were attention problems.
We will call him Quinn. Quinn is a very nice, polite 4th grader. He is having trouble with math and language arts mostly. I have been working with him for a couple of months now. Let's start with his math. He was very overwhelmed with all the new concepts and was definitely feeling that he was not so smart.
His mother had asked me to let her know my opinion on his "lack of attention".

       I worked with Quinn the first hour, and found a few things we needed to review that would help him understand his work.   I found no problem with a lack of attention. He worked right along with me and paid total attention. Multiplication and some math terms needed to be worked on, and some language art words, but at the end of the hour he was happy and bright and was willing to work through the whole lesson.

       His mother asked me again about the "attention problem", and I gave her my opinion on the subject. Quinn was only suffering from not understanding his work, not understanding the terminology, not yet mastering multiplication, but NO attention problem, if he was helped with these things and gently walked through his homework.

        I see this again and again. The "attention problem", is a lack of understanding the work that needs to be done, or the words used to explain it, or simply that for too long things have not been understood in class. What does an adult do when in a seminar and fails to understand the speaker? He doodles, he talks to his neighbor, he tells you that the speaker is boring, he plays on his phone, etc. Does he have an attention problem, or maybe just that he is NOT understanding the materials!

       I hope that some of you out there will have a lightbulb go off  in regards to your children and the possibility that this might be happening with your sweetheart. Words, regular words, math words, language arts words, all create confusion, and what do we do when we are confused? Many times, adults, and of course children, tune out, space out, lose interest and the list goes on and on.

          I am happy to answer questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net








VACCINATIONS - YES OR NO!

Posted on April 4, 2016 at 1:32 PM Comments comments (5)
             Vaccinations - a very controversial subject these days. Are they safe? Do I want my child to receive them? What are my legal choices? What do I do if I think my child may not safely be able to get these vaccinations?

             These are all parent dilemmas and questions. The new vaccination law goes into effect July 1st, 2016. If you are a parent with a child going to public school, it is mandated that they have certain immunizations before entering school this next year. If they are changing schools, or entering for the first time, such as kindergarten, they are required to have had these vaccines, unless a doctor has documented that they are in some way unsafe for this particular student. If you have a Personal Belief Form on file in your school office, you are considered to be grandfathered into the system. That means that if your child is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grader or 8th and above, they are not required to receive these vaccines. If they are a 7th grader this next year, they are required by law to get the vaccines for that level. Again, if a doctor says that these vaccines are not appropriate for your child, they can be exempted. IEP program children are exempted. That means any student with a specialized school program, is not included in the main stream law.

          The decision on whether to do immunizations is of course a parent decision. My only advice to all you parents is to get very educated on these vaccines, and then make your own educated decision. We are currently at a rate of 1 in 68 children that are autistic. That has escalated from 10 years ago from 1 in 10,000.
Please take the time to get educated.

         Do know that you have another choice regarding the necessary vaccinations. You can request from your school to do conditional vaccines. That means that you will do the required 6 or so vaccines, (less than the normal received), but you can do them individually and spread out. They are not received 4 at a time or 6 at a time. That is also your right under the new vaccine law. That may make more sense to some of you as the amount and types of serums are done on a one to one basis, with time in between for the child's body to more easily respond to the serums.

         Homeschooling is always a choice also if you feel that you are not comfortable with the safety of the vaccines and your child. Homeschooling can be delivered in many scenarios, so don't feel that this is not an option for you.

         Of course our main concern above all else, is the safety and protection of our children. Be informed.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net






SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP YOUR STUDENT LEARN TO WRITE!

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (4)
            Does your child HATE to write? Is it a dreaded subject for you too? Do you feel your child lacks the imagination necessary to write well? Do you cringe when he or she comes home with an assignment?

            Working as a writing tutor, I hear many parent and student complaints about writing and how hard it is. It can be overwhelming for a student, if they are missing the basics of organization and the awakening of their imagination.

            One exercise I do to help open up the imagination is to have the student pick a time that he had an amazing day doing something. For example, one student picked going to Sea World.  Next, ask them to write down things they experienced, what did they see, hear, smell, touch, etc. Use a lot of adjectives! For example, I smelled yummy popcorn, stinky fish, mouth watering corndogs, and oh so aromatic ocean water. Get the idea. Do that will all the senses. Next, in order, write down what he or she did there, in order. These are notes for later.

            This of course is a very simplistic view of writing, but with a little practice and self confidence, your child can springboard into other more advanced writings.
           
             Remember that all stories begin with a Topic sentence. Break the mold, do not make it an ordinary one. You can open with a question? Example - "Have you ever had a killer whale so close to you that you could almost touch it?" or, "Have you ever seen a talking bird that could pick your pocket?" Get the idea!
Next, detail sentences, 3, 5, 7 or whatever is needed. Juicy sentences, amazing information. Quick tip - If writing things in order for your story or assignment, DO NOT use words like
next, then, finally and in conclusion. These are used way to much! Also, get a dictionary with synonyms. That way you can use many cool words! For your last and final sentence, make it special. The purpose of the sentence is to wrap up what you wrote and comment on it! You want the reader to be involved in the paragraph or story. Leave them happy or educated or with some kind of emotion! 

          Hope that helps a bit! Please email me with questions or topics of interest!

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net




IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO RUIN EVERYTHING!

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (9)
               My youngest daughter went to a private school in Kindergarten, and unfortunately due to financial changes was put into a public school in first grade. I am not remarking against public school, but rather a certain teacher who in just a few short months, took away my daughter's love of reading. In a flash! This teacher was very strict and very uncaring and changed my sweet child into someone who hated school and reading. It doesn't take a lot to destroy the love of learning. She was failing in reading, something  that never happened before. I was very upset with the situation and vowed to help her and put her into another school the next year. I knew that there was a great deal of invalidation happening in the classroom.

          I started reading small books with her. I would read to her first. Then we would take turns reading to each other. I disregarded the teacher's homework and read the books I thought were appropriate for her. She started to respond to this and her want to read improved. We finished out the year reading the books that I chose and she repaired slowly but surely. My child was regaining her want and love to learn.

          She went back into a private school that next September and thrived. There she was loved, and validated for her accomplishments! Today she is a preschool teacher/private tutor and loves to read and help children. She is a new mom of a baby girl, 6 months old. Both are thriving!

         Moral of the story- Children are individuals, not all alike. With some extra TLC, some extra help, and some encouragement, all children can do amazing things! Being a teacher, and doing your job is good, but more often, thinking and acting outside of the box with extra care, helps get the job done the right way!

         Please feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns. My BLOGS section in my website has more information on children, learning and much, much more!

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net






THE POWER OF A SIMPLE CONVERSATION!

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (1)
                 As always we need to let our children know that they are special and gifted with their own special talents and abilities. We all possess huge amounts of capabilities that sometimes get squashed or erased by opinions of others, whether they be teachers, friends or hopefully not, family. We either build our children or tear them down.
This is a short story of how a wonderful child was rebuilt, so to speak, by a simple conversation.

                Unfortunately as a tutor, I see this scenario much too often.
I young girl, 7 or so, comes to me for help with reading. She is sad, unsure and emotionally fragile regarding this subject. She is convinced that she cannot learn to read. She has had help reaching this opinion of herself from others. Her mother and father are huge supporters of hers, but unfortunately, she does not believe what they tell her regarding how capable she is.

               We will call her Lilly. I sat down with Lilly and we chatted about what was going on. She was close to tears as we talked. She was extremely hesitant to discuss the problem. I asked her to read a bit to me and to say the least, it was painful. She told me that she felt that she was stupid, and that she couldn't read and couldn't catch up and so forth, holding back tears.

               I looked directly into her little face, and with loving certainty and assurance, told her that all that was not the truth. I told her that she was a smart, smart, little girl and that we would be handling this reading thing  and that it would be done fairly quickly. I watched her little face brighten up and her demeanor change. She had taken to heart my assurance and belief in her and she knew she could do it.

             The best part was yet to come. Her mom came back the next time for her lesson and told me she was a changed child. She would come home and do her math homework by herself and looked forward to tutoring as she knew she was to be a great reader. I had to agree with mom when I saw her. She was different. She was confident! She was willing to read and practice and each lesson she got better. She was happy with herself.

             This is an example of the power of positive reinforcement and letting children know that you believe in them, even though others may not impart that same belief.

             These stories bring tears to my eyes. I would love to hear from you with your stories or requests or comments.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
mrspattstutoring.net







Want to Better Your Child's Learning Abilities With Two Simple Steps?

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (10)
             We all want to help our children as much as possible with their learning experience and learning potential. It may seem like well known facts, but sleep and food are a major part of allowing children to reach their personal optimum learning potential.

             I know it can be difficult to get your sweetheart to eat breakfast in the morning, before school. It sets the tone of the day and starts them off right. Choices of foods for breakfast are of major importance also. Proteins like eggs, or even a good protein bar can work. Oatmeal with some milk or almond milk will also get them going. Toast with peanut butter or almond butter is a great choice. Go for a protein shake maybe, but make sure that breakfast is NOT a sugary cereal, with added flavors and colors. Your child may be allergic to one of the color additives and of course all the sugar will only give them too much energy and then crash them down, making them tired when they study. Of course there are good cereals out there to choose from, and if milk is a problem, choose almond milk. This way they can easily maintain until break time, when they can refuel with a healthy snack. More protein is great or maybe some nuts or healthy trail mix, or some nuts and fruit or crackers and cheese. If their energy stays constant, they will learn faster and easier. Hunger can make them sleepy or cranky or have a hard time focusing. It may seem that they are not listening, when in fact they are hungry and have a hard time paying attention.
I know that children can be picky with what they will eat, but try different things to form the habit of having a good breakfast. As a side note, make sure your sweetheart is drinking lots of water. Children get headaches from dehydration and other problems. Most of us walk around somewhat dehydrated and don't even know it. Water is dire when the weather gets warmer and the kids are outside doing their PE when its 85 or 90 degrees outside. All this is common sense for you mom and dad, but not so for your sweet children.

      Sleep is the next big thing that can have a huge effect on their learning. As an adult, we are sometimes forced to go to work with too little sleep. We do it, but we feel awful and things are harder to get done. Children are the same, but may not know it. A tired student will lay on their desk, stare at their reading, and seem uninterested in learning. I have 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters and am familiar with children NOT wanting to go to sleep. It can be a challenge for sure! I would suggest setting a specific bedtime for them. But an hour before that, start getting them to slow down and let their sweet little minds start to relax. Did you know that TV, phones, and computers all stimulate us and make it harder to go to sleep? If possible have them STOP using all these things an hour before bed. You too, mom and dad, see if YOU sleep better. Also, a colder room helps sleep, not a warm one. A dark room helps sleep, not one with lots of light or moonlight or a neighbor's porch light.

         When I had my classrooms, I would start the morning asking the kids what they had for breakfast and what time they went to bed and woke up. I could usually tell if they had too little sleep, as studying was harder than usual for them. If they arrived hungry, I would have them go to their lunchbox and get a healthy snack, and eat it before they started their lessons. I know that this is not possible in most schools, but handling this before school starts will also set them up for a great day!

          If you are wanting to hear more about healthy snacks and get more information on better sleep, I am happy to help. Please email me, and I will do my best to provide useful information.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net 


Want To Homeschool, But Need To Keep Working Too?

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (285)
              
                    Homeschooling can be a great way to educate your child. It can also be a hardship on the family finances. Mom and dad both work. Mom and dad NEED to work. Maybe you want to homeschool because the classrooms are so big and your student needs some more one on one? Maybe, you child has had a rough time with the new Common Core math or reading and needs some catchup? Or maybe, you have concerns on the mandatory vaccinations and wonder if that is something you want your child to receive? For whatever reason, homeschooling can be accomplished and not damage the family finances.

           So how do we manage all this? Well, there are many choices. Do you have friends or neighbors that plan on homeschooling this summer or next year? Ask around, maybe inquire on a local town site to see who is planning on doing what this next year? My suggestion is to get a small group of students, similar age, but they don't have to be the same age, and get together and pick a homeschool program. I have many BLOGS on the choice of programs. If you are looking for very minimal rules and regulations, but a great program, Waldorf is one of those. There is a lot of open choices for the parents and the program can be set up to lean toward your child's interests.
Time4Learning seems to be a good program also. There are city programs too which are free to all in the city, but they do have more restrictions and a more standard curriculum. Anyway, get some people together and go over the choices. Try to agree on one program, so that delivery is made easy. If everyone is on the same page, then begin addressing the schedule.

              This may seem to be a horrendous task, but it doesn't have to be. Let's set it up on a five day schedule, maybe like a typical or close to typical normal school day. My suggestion is to chat amongst yourselves, and decide who has what strong points in what subjects? Who loves and is good at math? Who is a great reader and loves history? Get the idea. Divide up the kinds of lessons needed and each parent or parents picks a day that they can be the teacher or maybe half day be the teacher.
I'm sure many of you are thinking, but I can't get a day off to do my part? That won't work! Well, another option is to have a stand in for your day! Hire a tutor for YOUR DAY ONLY! Maybe one of the other mothers would like to do a second day, and make a little money? Maybe a college student interning to be a teacher could help out?  There can be many solutions.

               There are many ways to organize the homeschooling schedule. Put your heads together. Who can do what? It may cost you a bit to do this, but do remember WHY you started this in the first place. We all love our children to pieces, and want the very best for them, so chat amongst yourselves!

                I am happy to answer any questions. I would love to hear back on your responses and concerns.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net





How to Prepare Your Child if They Need to Receive Vaccinations!

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 8:18 PM Comments comments (6)
              Vaccinations, a very controversial subject these days. Whether you are for or against vaccinations, there are some truths that you should know about and things you can do to help your child stay very healthy and strong and have minimum problems with receiving the vaccinations.

            According to Natural News, Mike Adams, there are ways to bolster your child. Mike Adams is the Executive Director of the Consumer Wellness Center. He is a researcher and advocate for health and wellness.

            In vaccines, additives are used for various reasons.
Unfortunately, these substances can have negative effects on the body. Aluminum, MSG, Mercury, and formaldehyde are all found in our vaccines. Mercury is now in the form of Thimerosal.
Thimerosal has gotten a lot of attention as the doses used in the vaccines are larger than the limited amount small children should consume. Aluminum we all have heard about in regards to Alzheimers disease. MSG we find in many foods and it can cause allergic reactions. Formaldehyde, well we know it best when used to help embalm bodies.

           
           On a good note, Mike Adams has recommended things to do or take before receiving vaccines. These things strengthen the immune system and lessen the possible harmful effects that may occur from the vaccines. His advice, first and foremost, is to live a healthy lifestyle. Lots of fruits and vegetables. In this way, you can boost your own immune system. Also some more nutrients he suggests to add are: Vit C, Vit D, lots of water, stay hydrated, and even turmeric in small doses to help with inflammation. Inflammation internally is a side effect of the vaccines, if the immune system is weak. He also suggests NOT eating these foods weeks before the vaccines: Fried foods, burnt BBQ foods, alcohol, and Tylenol. These are things that the liver must handle, and if ingested before the vaccination, the body is lessened by this job instead of handling the vaccine.

          People low in zinc, may have trouble with vaccines. Zinc helps handle mercury.  Part of the reasoning for the autistic effect is the inability of the child's immune system to properly clear the mercury. Zinc allows the system to deal with the mercury and get rid of it properly. Multi-minerals help to protect the immune system. Sulphur found in organic eggs, msn, and turmeric can help with the inflammation, which in turn can cause neurological damage.  This again, is a possible side effect of the vaccines. Organic food, yes please! As said before, keep
hydrated!!!!

        Well, that gives us some pointers for the future! As usual, I hope this helps some! Please email me with questions or concerns.

With Love,
Patt Condiotti
Pattschats
mrspattstutoring.net










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