Sunday, April 27, 2008

Summer is Around The Corner...

As May approaches, we can't help from feeling that Summer is heading our way full-speed ahead! The summer fun--swimming, hitting the beaches, sleeping late and of course iced tea and pink lemonade--awaits our students. However, as our students enjoy the traditional summer fun along with the modern video games, it is important to add educational activities to the calendar.

Parents and students worked hard during the school to reach goals. In an effort to preserve as well as hone those skills, many parents choose tutoring programs for the summer. tutorMYway is currently offering "Summer Fun Specials" for customized tutoring. We are also offering group lessons if friends would like to join their friends as we learn together!

Visit tutorMYway and contact a tutoring consultant to schedule Summer Learning!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Online Tutoring Has Arrived To tutorMYway!

Students learn with multimedia. Our schools implement computers into curriculum as knowledge of computers is key in our information-based society. Therefore in an effort to expand and reach out and offer even more options to "customize" tutoring, tutorMYway now offers online tutoring in select subject areas and grade levels.

So How Does Online Tutoring Work?

With online tutoring a student will work in a virtual classroom 1-1 in real time with a tutorMYway professional tutor. They will be able to securely chat and use a virtual whiteboard to exchange ideas and brainstorm. The tutor and student can also screen share which enables the tutor to directly work on same documents in real time. The student can work from the comfort of their home with a professional tutor!

Visit tutorMYway for details...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

To Play or Not?

Children love to play and that seems universal. They start playing from an early age and learn to view play as form of excitement. In a school setting, free play, often referred to a recess is often viewed as a privilege. However, research shows that free play is imperative in promoting and stimulating growth for our children. As adults, we often overlook the educational importance of "free play" in child development and sometimes use it as an incentive rather than a learning platform.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report on The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds, describes the benefits of free play include:

* allowing kids to use their creativity, foster their imagination, dexterity, and other strengths
* encouraging interaction with the world around them
* helping kids conquer fears and build self-confidence
* teaching kids to work in cooperative groups, learning to share and resolve conflicts
* helping kids practice decision making skills in context

I think that it is important for parents and teachers alike to learn about the benefits of free play. By the way, playing video games does not constitute as free play, though video games do have some benefits also. However, maybe we might think again before we "take away recess" as a punishment. To access the complete Clinical Report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, visit: