In the past I have had the joy to be invited to a few events at Elementary Schools. I had the privilege to be a Teacher for a day, or come sing French Songs to a Charter School that teaches French. Each time it was extremely fulfilling and rewarding to see how the children were involved and reacted with interest to my interaction with them.
I spend a lot of time with my own children, helping them with their curriculum and homework, especially in mathematics and science. Tutoring them is part of my life. I got it from my own parents, especially my dad, who has given me a math lesson at home, every day of my life, 365 days a year (well except for Christmas and New Years really...), for all my elementary and middle school years.
When I was a kid, I would start the school year already knowing half of the program in math. It was very helpful. And no, I was not very pleased about it all the time (LOL), but when I was able to understand concepts faster thanks to his explanations and get As and Bs easily, I would realize how lucky I was to have that chance and opportunity.
I would love to mentor a child, or several children, during the course of the school year and help them, when their own parents might not have the time on hand to do so. It is so primordial... Sometimes the one on one interaction and the "other way" of explaining is all you need to have a click in your mind, about something you did not understand before. I remember my dad always explaining concepts to me differently from the way I learned in school, and with him, I would often go " Ohhhhhh": I would get it!
It does not take away the fact that kids have to know their basics, (multiplication tables, rules of calculations etc...) but we can make sure these get down too, easier, by practicing, practicing, and more practicing.
My dad gave me a few little secret tricks that I still use today, when I have to solve math problems! I can share them with you too.
As for science... It's all about getting interested in our Universe and the way it works... Because that's what Science does... It studies and explains our Universe(s)... If we make it interesting, make it fun, make it where children have to think and imagine for themselves, then half of the work is done...
I remind my kids everyday that yes As and Bs are important because they will get you noticed. But that the most important part is TO LEARN, because math tools and science facts will be an important part of their active, working, adult life! Plus it is fun to learn and fill our head with knowledge!
My daughter is in 7th grade in Honor Math and Honor Science classes. She is enrolled in the Calculus project at school, which gives her extra credit for high school, as well. My son is in 5th grade and has As and Bs in math and Science and gets his extra lessons too (boys are a little less self disciplined, so it takes some extra work and push from mom's part LOL). They both love science in different ways (Earth science, nature and biology for one, physics, meteorology, flying planes, and computer science for the other), but both enjoy the discovery and learning process associated with it!
Supporting our kids, is not just pushing them to work a little harder, but also, making sure that at schooI, things are going in the right direction as well. For example, I have recently engaged with my son's teachers and principal on several issues that I thought needed to be addressed: lack of homework coming home, and thus not enough practice in math and ELA to get those facts down, and also a rule that prevented teachers to send home tests after they had been graded, for parents to review. How, as parents, are we supposed to help our children and support them if we can't see where they failed? Instead I was told that I needed to go online, check the standards they were studying, and that if I asked the teacher, she would look at the test, email me the standard paragraph topic where my son failed, so that I can find online that particular standard etc... etc... etc.. INSANE! Who has the time for this, when all we have to do is review the test, find where the child has trouble, make the child redo it, come up with a few more of the same on your own for practice and be done?
Small victory: I fought against this for my son and the other kids, and I won. Now tests are coming home for parents to review, like it should be, and we are also starting to see more homework! My son loves me ! (NOT) LOL... He will thank me later, when he is a grown up man!
I am very conscious that not all parents have the time to do this, that's why I am here to help!
If you are interested for your child(ren) to receive mentoring and/or tutoring, please fill in this form below and we can see what's the best course of action for your child!
***Please be aware that I am not affiliated with any school or with the school system in Central Florida. This is just a private offer for tutoring/mentoring.