Sarah’s Sight Spelling!

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Learning how to spell new words, especially sight words, isn’t always a walk in the park. Sight words are critical to reading and spelling not only because they are used so frequently, but also because many of them cannot be sounded out phonetically. It is important as a tutor that we make learning as fun and creative as possible, especially to those students that really struggle with school.

-Sarah

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Fall Term/ Coloring Contest!

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Welcome back everyone! What a better way to start off the new term than with a coloring contest! Every term Little House will be putting on a contest for the students to participate in. At the beginning of December the winner will be selected to win an awesome prize! We love seeing all of your beautiful artwork.

If you would like to better your chance of winning the prize, I’d be happy to give you some hints. We love lots of color and creativity; don’t be afraid to add your own designs. Do your best to color within the lines, and most importantly, have fun!

Good luck everyone, we look forward to seeing your amazing works of art.

-Sarah

The Importance of Having a Strong Foundation in Basic Math Skills

 

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In each year of elementary and high school, students learn new math concepts and skills, and build upon what they learned in previous years. It is incredibly important that students have a strong understanding of the concepts they learn in one year in order to meet the challenges of the next year. So, when a student needs help with math, one of my top priorities as a tutor is making sure they have a strong foundation of basic math skills.

 

Taking time now to practice basic math skills is incredibly important, and will save many hours in the future. Having a strong grasp of addition and subtraction helps students progress to multiplication and division with ease. Multiplication and division are necessary for almost all units of math above a certain grade level, so it is incredibly useful to know the times tables by heart. One of the most frustrating parts of math homework for students can be how long it takes, but being able to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division quickly without a calculator can make it go much faster.

 

Practicing math skills doesn’t have to be boring either. I have found that when I am enthusiastic while teaching, students are more enthusiastic while learning. Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude! Flash cards are another great way to practice math skills; they are fast, and don’t involve pulling out a textbook, workbook, or pencils. This makes them perfect for math practice on-the-go. You can also incorporate a challenge aspect to math practice, such as seeing how many correct answers a student can get in a minute.

 

If your child enjoys playing games online or on their phone, consider finding some math websites or apps for them to use. Every child learns differently, so it can be helpful to try out multiple strategies to find what works best.

 

If your child needs help developing a strong foundation of math skills, or understanding complex topics, the tutors at Little House are happy to help!

 

-Nicole