Teaching our children to be curious.

My kids have two very distinct personalities. My daughter is 10 (going on 15) and loves art, clothes, shopping and baking. My son, 7, is obsessed with Mine Craft, puzzles and anything to do with trains. So finding activities to do while they are on vacation can be difficult. Over the holidays while visiting family in Scottsdale, my family spent the day at the Arizona Science Center. We have been to similar science centers in the past, but this place is truly incredible. Three floors full of scientific wonder and amazement. We pulled levers and cranked pulleys, had our pulse taken by a table, even learned about “the most reliable line of...

Gobble, Gobble!!

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Follow Me to School

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A Lost Year

What should you do when your child has essentially missed out on a significant portion or even an entire year of school? For some kids, illness or a family emergency results in a lot of absences in a single school year. Others move in the middle of the year and aren’t taught some key concepts because of curriculum differences. In our case, one of our children simply decided he wasn’t going to put in any effort. In my last blog post, I explained how our family moved across the country last year. My husband and I were very concerned about my oldest son J who struggles socially, but the move worked out great for him. We were much...

Victory!

Molly’s ACT scores went up significantly after her work with Tutoring Club. As a high school senior, ACT/SAT tests are just one more thing to worry about on top of college applications, thesis projects, AP classes, athletics, extracurriculars, and normal social obligations. So it’s no...

Do Not Repeat

Caesar’s son is 8 years old. English is his second language and a few months ago the school — concerned about the progress (or lack thereof) that his son demonstrated in reading comprehension — approached Caesar about keeping him back a year. Caesar and his wife didn’t agree with the school’s...