As a parent, it is frustrating to see your child struggle academically and lose their self-confidence. Maybe a tutor is the answer - someone suited to help your child achieve better grades and assist in rebuilding their self-esteem. Once you decide to seek help, finding the tutor and/or tutoring facility with the right qualifications to fit your child’s exact needs may prove to be a challenge. But with some practical advice and tips, you will be able to help your child overcome their struggles with a successful tutoring experience.
Becoming a reader is one of the most exciting learning adventures your child will ever experience. Many children need little more than exposure to books and they’re off on their own. But others need guided support as they struggle with sounds, fluency, and reading unfamiliar words. Reading is a complex process, but it’s vitally important to all learning. You’ll want to help your child build skills step-by-step and maintain a high degree of enthusiasm and confidence along the way. When a child is overwhelmed by the pace of new vocabulary or the expectation to ‘read faster,’ there is a higher likelihood of discouragement.
What comes to mind when you think of the library? Maybe you get a nostalgic feeling for the smell of lots and lots of books. Or maybe you remember going to story time with your kids. Maybe you even think of signing up for summer reading programs. You can still find all of those things at libraries. But most have also adapted for a digital world and may now offer everything from homework help, to career services, to author events, and musical programs. Some even let you use 3D printers. Your library doesn’t have to be large to offer expanded services, as small libraries often have access to bigger collections and online services that extend what they provide in branches.
When you were little, along with all the great kids’ books, did your community library have a full-size fire truck where you could play with the lights, test the siren, and take in story times with a real-life firefighter? (Visit calgarylibrary.ca for details on The New Adventures of Engine 23!)
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