While Covid-19 is a health and economic crisis, it is also an educational crisis that can’t be ignored. In fact, 160 countries have closed schools impacting 1.5 billion and not all students can thrive in the online teaching environment nor are all districts providing an equivalent amount of content to their normal curriculum for the given grade level.
In the best case, students can interact virtually through zoom learning with each other and their teacher as well as receive academic support from their parents. However, this is not the case for the majority of students. Many parents have to work full time and not all families have the resources for online learning for each of their children if they have multiple children in the home. The environment can also be very distracting with noise as well as other technology temptations. In addition, it is just more difficult to focus at home in front of a computer for many hours.Since wealthier families will have more resources and are often more educated resulting in the ability to help their children with difficult common core instruction the achievement gap between rich and poor families that already exists will continue to widen.
So I know you are wondering what can be done to make up for three months of lost education. At this point, summer tutoring will be very important. In a normal school year, students often do not retain all that they have learned, resulting in the “Summer Slide.” It is most important to keep students engaged in Math, Reading, and Writing as this will give them a strong foundation for all their other subject matters. Additionally, the Covid-19 crisis is impacting soft skills necessary for academic success such as patience, perseverance and problem solving ability. These are skills that tutors can reinforce during the summer learning programs that Beach Cities Tutoring is offering. Students are likely watching hours of tv, youtube or playing video games during the time they usually would have been in school or doing homework, and summer is a perfect time to prepare them for the next school year and remediate or preview new challenging material.
Beach Cities Tutoring is offering the following for summer. Tutors and classes are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. We offer individual as well as group tutoring. Summer Writer’s Workshop Private or Small Group Classes
Summer Writer’s Workshop Private or Small Group Classes
Struggling in writing??? Difficulty organizing your thoughts? Agonizing over grammar mistakes?
Beach Cities Tutoring offers summer writing workshops to help students with all aspects of Common Core Writing. Writing workshops will address the following topics, are lead by credentialed teachers and tailored by grade level. Writing workshops can be conducted one on one or with small groups if you have friends that are in the same grade level.
* Reading/analyzing text
* Brainstorming and organizing ideas using graphic organizers
* Writing structure (creating engaging hooks, writing topic/claim, evidence, elaboration, conclusions)
* Editing and Revision of essays
* Expository, Persuasive, and Narrative writing
Launchpad Reading Camp (Grades K-4)
Beach Cities Tutoring is offering Intensive Summer Reading intervention classes with a certificated RBUSD teacher. Whether your child is currently struggling in reading or just needs continued practice to maintain their current reading level, this program will help. Students will receive instruction using the The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) to target reading, writing, and fluency building.
There will be two summer sessions offered daily! Mornings from 9-11am or afternoon 1-3pm. Sessions begin in July: Session #1 July 6-10 and 13-17 Session #2 July 20-24 and 27-31. Enrollment will be limited to 4 students per class to ensure amazing results. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Location to be announced, but classes most likely will be held at the Manhattan Beach Library. All materials will be provided and students will only need to bring pencils, scissors, and a writing journal.
Summer is the perfect time for Test Prep. If your child is going into 10th, 11th or 12th grade, summer test prep can greatly improve a student’s comfort level and test scores. We will recommend the best test prep books and teach students general and specific test taking strategies as well as target specific concepts that they are struggling with in the comfort of your own home. Students will take practice tests on their own time so the time with the tutor can be used most effectively. Don’t wait! Inquire about SAT and ACT prep now. Preferred tutors will fill up quickly.
Book Clubs and Reading Comprehension Workshops
Many middle and high school students are asked to read summer novels. Beach Cities Tutoring can help lead interactive reading groups and help students highlight important information, analyze key concepts and help with annotation for future writing assignments. For elementary students, we offer reading workshops that will help your child improve their active reading comprehension and vocabulary strategies. This is crucial in ensuring they succeed in all academic subjects. Especially with the Common Core curriculum, reading and writing are heavily intertwined in all subject areas, including Science and Math. We can also assess your child’s current reading level for an additional cost. We also offer facilitated fun book clubs for elementary students to discuss and talk about literature.
Summer Spanish Workshops!
We offer Spanish tutoring for all levels including those 4 years old through university level. Our native speakers make learning Spanish fun and ensure your child will be able to read, write and speak. Most 4 year universities require 3-4 years of a foreign language and being able to speak Spanish will also make your child/teen more competitive in a highly competitive job market. You do not need to be enrolled in a Spanish class but we do also tutor students who are taking summer school or need help reviewing past year material.
Beach Cities Tutoring offers tutoring in C++,Java, AP Java, data structures, algorithms, and discrete math with college graduates who majored in Computer Science.
Have a pre-schooler entering Kindergarten??? We can help prepare your child with the skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten. We have preschool teachers and credentialed teachers on staff who will develop a program that will include the teaching of letter recognition, beginning sounds, number recognition, counting, cutting, reading readiness skills, shapes, colors and fine motor skills. Activities and learning games will be short and fun to keep youngsters engaged and excited about learning!
Middle School Study Skills
Worried that your student doesn’t have the study skills to survive in middle school! No fear! We offer programs to teach students organization and study skills that will help them in all of their academic classes and life including time management, goal setting, study techniques, note-taking, binder/planner organization, and more.