Creative Tutors of Allen-Lovejoy
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.
Parents usually know their children better than anyone else. So if you think something is not quiet right, trust your instincts and observations. If your child displays several of the following problems consistently, you might want to consider an evaluation by an educational diagnostician.
Working with a team of professionals and other parents can help by providing information and a support system for the family. Creative Tutors is here to help you as well. We have diagnosticians and can help you with ARD meetings and IEP's.
We all know that we must feed our bodies in order to have fuel for the day but we also need to be thinking about how to feed our brains. Our brains need nutirents to help decrease the chance of disease while also improving our mood, thinking, and mental skills. See the list below of helpful brain foods:
Remember to add some of the foods mentioned for a healthier start to your year!
While the children are home for the holidays, there are many ways to help reinforce math concepts. Here are a few I use:
* Cooking- you can reinforce fractions and measurement. Discuss how many cups are in a pint, how many pints in a quart,etc. Even young children can meausre a half of a cup for you!
* As you are driving- teach your child rate by pointing out speed limit signs. Explain that 50 mph means that you would actually travel about 50 miles in an hour.
* Money- Using money is a great way to teach fractions and percent.
Since there are four quarters in a dollar, then one quarter is 1/4 or 25%, two quarters is 1/2 or 50%.
* Allowance- When children are given an allowance for doing developmentally appropriate chores, this gives parents an opportunity to teach them about money management. You could have three containers labled save, give, spend. You can teach them to save 10%, give 10%, and spend the rest (or however you chose to do this). It teaches money management as well as fractions and percent.
Math can be fun when we incorporate it early and help children see the need for it.
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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