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Category: Parental Concerns

Nov 04 | Discount on Registration for New Clients

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!

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Ways to Bully-Proof Your Child

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.

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Feb 15 | Learning Disabilities: An Overview

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.

  • Problems with following routines or directions...
  • Fine motor skills that are slow to develop...
  • Difficulty rhyming words...
  • Speech is slow to develop...
  • Problems with pronunciation...
  • Problems with vocabulary or trouble finding the right word to say...
  • Extremely restless and distracted easily...
  • Trouble with social skills...
  • Trouble learning alphabet, numbers, days of the week, shapes, colors...

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.

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Jan 22 | Brain Foods: Eating Smarter

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:

  • Colorful fruits and vegetables: Eggplant skin contains nasunin, which helps improve focus, tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps protect against free-radical damage to cells, and spinach improves learning capacity and motor skills.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a great source of high-quality proteins and contains choline, which helps the memory center of the brain. The yolk also contains antioxidants that help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Yogurt: Foods rich in calcium (yogurt, milk, cheese) improve nerve function and yogurt helps improve memory and alertness.
  • Wild salmon: This is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. WILD salmon (not farm-raised) is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, like omega 3. This fish improves brain growth and function, promotes artery health, and reduces the risk of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer's.
  • Matcha: Matcha is a finely ground powder of the green tea plant. It cannot be found in green tea bags! The leaf contains antioxidants, catechins, vitamins C and A, fluoride, and L-Theanine, which has a calming effect. It also contains anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits.
  • Acai Berries and Blueberries: These contains antioxidants and they are high in protein. Blueberries help improve motor skills and help improve memory.
  • Nuts and seeds: These are packed with Vitamin E and help improve cognitive function. Add some to your daily diet.
  • Coffee: The coffee bean is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals.When consumed as a pure Espresso, it is full of brain and healthy benefits. Adding artificial creamers, sweetners, and flavors negates the positive health benefits.
  • Cacao Beans/Dark Chocolate: When the cacao bean is minimally processed, it is full of antioxidants, flavoniods, catechins, and thoebromine, which increases brain function and enhances mood. Most candy and chocolate bars have low levels due to over processing. Look for 100% organic, non-alkalized cocoa powder or high cacao percentage dark chocolate bars.
  • Beans: The brain is dependent on glucose for fuel but it cannot store glucose. Beans can stabilize glucose levels in the brain and produce a steady level of energy. Beans are also a great source of fiber.

Remember to add some of the foods mentioned for a healthier start to your year!

Source: Familyeducation.com

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Dec 26 | During the Holidays-Use Everyday Things to Help Teach Math

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 Kilby | Manager

Meet Cherrie Kilby | Manager

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.   

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