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pilatesgal318
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May 8, 2016 7:01 pm  

Hi all,

My 10 year old stepdaughter will be with us for about 6 weeks this summer (4 of them here on STX) - she is struggling with math, spelling and reading comprehension and we are looking for a tutor to help her when she is with us. She is super bright and smart, but lives in a pretty disorganized environment with her mother for most of the year - we think that is one of the reasons she is falling behind (unfortunately). She will have just finished 4th grade in Orange County Public Schools in Florida. Does anyone have any recommendations for a great tutor here on STX?? Really appreciate any feedback so that we can get something lined up!


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dougtamjj
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May 8, 2016 9:07 pm  

There are some wonderful programs online that you can do with her and have some great interaction and learning time together.

Read Theory is a great reading comprehension program and it is free.

Kahn Academy has math, science and other cool stuff. Also free.

Mobymax has all subjects. Free.

IXL has math and language arts. About $10 a month.

Look online for books that are high interest for girls at her age and read them together to have some great discussions.

Crash course for kids on youtube is great fun. Kids love it.

Encourage her to keep a journal of her daily activities while on island and all the new flora and fauna she encounters. Take pictures of the things she sees and look them up online.

Go to Sandy Point. I think it is turtle nesting season. An incredible experience.

Since she is on vacation from school visiting, make learning a fun experience instead of school time with a tutor. Hopefully my comments are not offensive to you. Just trying to help but I don't know your situation. Kids learn best when they are having fun and one on one with a parent while learning is awesome.

Good luck and have a great summer with your stepdaughter.

Tammy


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stjohnjulie
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May 9, 2016 6:41 am  

I tend to agree with Tammy on this one....

You may want to check into Florida Virtual School. They have summer programs that might be helpful and she can do them from anywhere as long as she has an internet connection and computer. It would also count for credit. FVS is free for FL residents and her mom/dad can sign her up right through the public schools there in FL. You can get more information from the administration at the school she attends or by looking online.

Sorry I can't help out with a tutor on STX... but some 'fun' ideas that I did/do with my kids... math on the beach using a stick in the wet sand alone the shore and reading out loud a chapter book. I did the reading, they do the listening. Great bonding time and also exposes them to words they might not know and a great chance to discuss (comprehend) what you've read. Some of the series that we've read and really liked are The Uglies, Maze Runner, Gone, Maximum Ride. I have boys... but I think girls would like them too, especially The Uglies.

Good luck! I know it can be stressful when the children you care for fall behind. Hope you all have a summer of fun learning and making memories to last a lifetime.


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pilatesgal318
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May 9, 2016 10:35 am  

Thank you both for the responses! This will be my stepdaughter's 3rd summer with us here - she usually stays with us up until the week before school starts, however, she is going back to FL earlier to attend a film camp that she wants to do (which is great!). We will have her in the sailing program again since that is something she enjoys as well, and my husband is an avid sailor (I am a newbie but enjoy it...still learning the ropes!) - he wants her to know the basics for the times we are adventuring on his Gallant 53. We have a motor boat as well, go snorkeling, searching for sea glass on the beach, etc. - Tammy, I was not at all insulted and my husband and I both understand making learning fun. I have worked with children quite a bit - I was a nanny in NYC for a time and led dance camps and taught dance to kids (albeit a LONG time ago). We will certainly look into all the resources you gave us and see what works for her/us. Stjohnjulie, I also appreciate the info on Florida Virtual School, however, expecting her mother to be organized enough to actually communicate with the school and follow through with getting her signed up will be a problem - the child lives with her and SHE didn't know that she is failing math and struggling with these other things - I found it out by viewing her ProgressBook online and communication with her teachers....from 1600 miles away :X!!!! It simply astounds me...So, we are fighting an uphill battle here somewhat as we can only do so much to help when we she is with us. I do appreciate the suggestions and will check it all out (and see if her Dad can get her signed up for FVS from afar through the school's administration, since we have an open dialogue with them). The feedback from both of you is much appreciated!!


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pilatesgal318
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May 9, 2016 11:44 am  

Thanks, Alana33!


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dougtamjj
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May 9, 2016 11:58 am  

pilatesgal, I just found some perfect books on my book shelf. They are called the Dolphin Diaries. They are grade 4. Lexile level is 730L. I bought them for my son but he never got around to them. I have all 10 in the series if you want to try one and see if she likes it.

The description on the back reads:

Jody McGrath's dolphin dreams are coming true! Her whole family is sailing around the world researching dolphins and Jody is recording all their exciting adventures in her Dolphin Diaries.

If you are interested PM me.

Tammy


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