As we enter August, the start of school is right around the corner. Plans are also starting to come together about getting that school-time schedule together. What out of school activities are you and your child planning? Sports, dance, music, religious school, etc.? When starting to look at your weekly calendar, panic starts to erode your thoughts about how you can fit everything in…
“It’s been such a peaceful summer, where I haven’t had to think about homework or projects.” Then you remember how frustrated you were, not to mention your child’s frustration, and homework battles you both encountered last year! “The summer went so fast, that we just didn’t get any reading in like I knew we needed to do!”
“I have to find a tutor this year!” you start to tell yourself. “Last year a tutor helped, but I am not sure it was enough or the right choice. What should I do?”
5 Reasons Why a Private Tutor May Not Be Enough for Your Smart Struggling Child
1- Remember the Reading Standards this year are a grade and a half to two years harder than they used to be. If your smart struggling child was reading more than a grade level behind last school year, he or she may now be 2.5 to 3.5 years below grade level. Last year we found our average student was almost 3 years below grade level in their reading comprehension.
Obtain a true level of reading comprehension and if this is true for your child, you need to consider a more comprehensive approach ASAP.
2- Private tutors tend to focus on completing school work — a critical task. They may not have the time to improve reading comprehension, which is the key skill needed for language arts, math, science and social studies – now that the standards require higher comprehension levels in all subjects.
3- Some private tutors do focus on reading, but they tend to focus on an Orton-Gillingham or phonics-based system. These work well for the logical, sequential and auditory learners, who learn best with this method, but not all smart struggling children achieve reading success with these approaches. They can often make faster and more significant progress with a hands-on approach.
4- Tutors rarely work on attention, processing speed, working memory and eye-teaming issues that may impact your smart struggling child.
5- Tutors tend to help your child get things done, but they rarely focus on helping you, the parent, to be the coach and advocate your child needs.
Consider Jennifer’s case:
– After three years of tutoring her reading comprehension was at the 1st grade level, as her child was entering 4th grade
– After investing $34000 in a phonics-based program, her child’s reading comprehension was still at the 1st grade level, her reading speed was 115 words per minute and mom had to sit at her side for 2.5 to 3 hours to get homework done
6 months after working with us for 30 hours and doing the follow-up:
– Lisa had improved her reading comprehension by 4 grade levels and doubled her reading speed
– Her homework time was cut to an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes
– She was doing her homework mostly on her own and her mom had to help for only 15 minutes
We were able to do all this because:
– Our Success Assessment uncovered the smart struggling child’s strengths, and attention and eye-teaming issues
– The Stress to Success Strategy Session helped the parents to understand their child’s strengths and challenges and the parents ability to make the difference
– Our integrated approach improved Lisa’s reading speed and comprehension, her attention, eye-teaming and her ability to work more independently
– We helped the parents to be the coach and advocate her smart struggling child needed
– The follow through was solid and we provided the support needed to deliver the desired results
This all started with Jennifer taking our Success Assessment followed by a Stress to Success Strategy Session with her mom
If your child is going into 3rd grade or below, download a no cost copy of our book “Success by Third Grade” from our Books and Videos. You also have access to our no cost Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and an attention and eye teaming issue.
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