Creative Tutors of Allen-Lovejoy
There will be a community celebration for the Texas 5-A state football champions Jan. 30, 2013 at the Allen Event Center from 7-8 p.m. The event is free and no tickets are necessary. Come out and celebrate with the Eagles team.
Live the Dream Expo is a resource fair for parents, professionals, and providers of children and adults with special needs. Two of the sessions being offered include Trusts, Wills, and Estate Planning for Special Needs and How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income. The event is free and kid-friendly. There will be interactive art projects, musical performances, food, face painting and more for the kids to enjoy. It will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center (formerly the Garland ISD Special Events Center) at 4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard in Garland. More than 70 exhibitors are expected! For more information, contact THE ARC at 214-634-9810 (ext. 105) or EXPO@arcdallas.org.
I am happy to announce that Creative Tutors of Allen/LoveJoy is offering $25.00 off of registration for new clients. In addition to this, existing clients will receive a free hour of tutoring for every new client they refer and who chooses to tutor with us. We offer tutoring for all ages, beginning at age 4. Please call
214-293-1099 to discuss your child's needs. We are here to help!
There has been so much in the news lately about bullying and it is a big concern for parents and schools. You may have heard this before but I wanted to lists some ways that parents can help their children in this area.
* Encourage Friendships- help your child develop a solid core of friends. This will help them gain confidence and give them support.
* Practice Using Humor- Teach your child how to use humor when faced with a bully. This works best for older children. Humor can be used to deflect a bully's insult and it catches the bully off guard. Role play different scenarios with your child so they will be prepared.
* Know Your School's Policies-Talk to your child's teacher(s) to see how bullying is being handled in the classroom and school.
* Teach Assertiveness- Work with your child to help them learn to be assertive when they need to be. Teach them to have courage to look a bully in the eye. Practice different situations and help them think of ways they can stand up for themselves in each situation.
* Encourage them to walk away with Confidence- Teach them that you can walk away with an air of self confidence. "I don't care what you are saying about me. I have better things to do with my time" is a good way to speak to a bully.
* Be sure to monitor Internet and Phone Use- Make sure they are not accepting texts, instant messages, or friend requests from people they don't know. Also, if they receive any threats via electronic message, be sure and save that.
* They are not alone- Make sure that children are aware that teachers, coaches, and other parents are there to help. Encourage them to ask for help when they need it.
There are several things that parents can do to help improve their children's reading skills. Some of these include:
* Having a family reading time each day where each family member sits down and reads for at least 15 minutes. Research shows that just 15 minutes of practice can help with reading fluency for developing readers.
* Make sure there are many kinds of reading materials in your home. Reading menus, weather reports, movie listings, in addition to books and magazines help develop reading skills.
* Make sure you go to the library with your children. Make sure they see you read and check out books as well.
* Find out what reading skills they need to master at each grade level. You can get this information from the school curriculum or from the TEA (Texas Education Agency's) website.
* Make sure there is reading material in every room in the house. Also, don't forget to have some books in the car as well.
* When your child is reading aloud, notice if they can sound out words, know sight words, use context to identify unknown words and understand what they read. Get help quickly if they seem to be having difficulty.
Creative Tutors in Allen/LoveJoy can help with any difficulties at any age. Reading is key to understanding science, social studies and math problem solving so it is very important to get help as quickly as possible.
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Cherrie Leggett Kilby graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Education and has taught in elementary and middle school for over twenty years in the U.S., Taiwan, and Japan. In addition she has taught English as a Second Language in China. Cherrie pursued a Master's degree in Education with reading as her area of specialty. She continues to teach special needs students at the elementary level and also teaches reading at the local community college. Cherrie was a tutor for Creative Tutors when it was first founded and loved working with the families she met. She wanted to continue to make a difference and started working as an area manager in 2005.
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." | Francis of Assisi