Today in Southeastern WI we are in the middle of a snowstorm. Now snowstorms are usually something that keeps kids indoors and safe. Many kids will miss out of school and have to make up the school time later on. When it comes to tutoring, there is no way someone is going to travel in a blizzard so that their child can get better at reading.
Well, all of my students were safe today and had a tutoring session with each of them. How can that be? Well as many of you know I do all of my tutoring online using Skype. Skype allows me to see the students and for the students to see me. Skype allows my students and I to share a screen and read with one another. We can work on individual words that kids are struggling with, read books, talk about books, and increase their fluency skills all from the comfort of our homes.
This is a difficult concept for many people to grasp since the technology to do this is very new. But, the important thing is does it work? Many people worry about that one on one time not being meaningful or they see the computer as a cold way to work with children. Do children view it this way? I think not. In fact, I am normally able to raise a student’s reading level in the first 3 months a full year. That is with only 12 hours of instruction. (Sylvan claims that they can raise reading levels a whole year with 32 hours of instruction). On the computer, I have been able to raise reading levels a whole year with just 8-12 hours of instruction. Kids find this kind of learning motivating and any way that is motivating and works is something that we need to continue to do.
Tutoring online is also a much more affordable way for parents to support their children in reading. With the rise in gas prices, parents no longer need to travel back and forth to a tutoring center. Also, some tutors offer specials like free evaluations and progress reports that Sylvan will charge heavily for. If you are serious about getting help for your child in the area of reading, then check out tutoring companies that offer this kind of service. My company is called Bright IDEA Reading and you can find out more information at http://www.theskypingreadingtutor.com. Enjoy the weather wherever you are and stay safe!