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Step out of Your Burnout and Into Your Brilliance

A Simple and Revolutionary Solution For Your Daily Pandemic “Why are we more exhausted than ever?” asks Emily Ballestros in her masterful TIME article (March 11, 2024): “People are tired. Really Tired. As evidenced by trends such as “Quiet Quitting” , “Coffee Badging”, “Bare Minimum Mondays”, and most of all

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Focus: The real superpower our children need to succeed!

The real enemy our children face today is that of constant nagging and never ending distractions. Life is full of distractions, but to the focused it is full of rewards. How do we teach our children to become distraction proof? I have used 1 simple method over the past 20

Read More »
Youth Sports Classes

The Vital Role of Youth Sports Skills Classes in Shaping Tomorrow’s Champions

In the dynamic landscape of childhood development, the significance of youth sports skills classes cannot be overstated. For children aged five to ten, these classes serve as more than just recreational activities—they are essential pillars in the foundation of physical, cognitive, and social growth. From honing athletic abilities to fostering

Read More »
When to Consider a Speech-Language Screening

When to Consider a Speech-Language Screening

In parenting and education, the common belief is that a child must exhibit serious concerns before considering a speech-language screening. However, taking a proactive approach to screenings provides valuable insights into your child’s growth and ways to support their development. Screenings serve as a guide to assess if a more

Read More »

Home Grown Learning

My own son loves growing food on our aeroponic tower garden, and the results were nothing short of amazing again. After planting Swiss chard seeds and eagerly monitoring their progress, he was excited to watch the towering plant flourish before his eyes. With each new leaf that emerged, he gained

Read More »
Really, What is Education

Really, What is Education?

I own a tutoring agency but I got to thinking this weekend “Really, how do we define education?”. So, I first consulted the all-knowing Chat GPT “what is education” and here was the response: “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and

Read More »
Reading Crisis

Illiteracy Crisis in America

Not many people are aware, but currently two-thirds or 66% of American 12 year olds are FAILING in reading.  You read that right.  In the richest country in the world, we are failing to teach most of our kids to read.  Why?  So many factors lead to this outcome.  Too

Read More »
Education Grading System

What Grading Trends Reveal About Failing State of Modern Education

For over a century, the A-F grading scale has reigned supreme in educational assessment, touted as a beacon of objectivity and scientific rigor. Yet, Stuart Rojstaczer, a luminary academic from Duke University, unveiled a disquieting narrative in his 2003 exposé for the Washington Post. Startling revelations emerged: erstwhile, the collegiate

Read More »
KaiPod Learning

With KaiPod, Parents Decide What Their Children Learn

At KaiPod, we aspire to create a new type of educational model that puts families first, allows students to work at their own pace, and educates the whole child. We knew early on that it would be important to define exactly what that looked like and how we would measure

Read More »

Nurturing Travel: A Compassionate Journey for Families with Autism

Embarking on a journey with a loved one on the autism spectrum can be a fulfilling yet challenging experience. As a passionate travel advisor with a certified specialization in working with individuals with cognitive disorders, I am committed to making your family’s travel dreams a reality. At no cost to

Read More »

We’ve Been Schooled

For more than a century now, Americans have been unwittingly shaped by the American public education system. But wait, you might be saying! We’re a homeschooling family. Our children have never been in a public school. How is it possible we have been shaped by a system in which we

Read More »

10 Commandments for Independent Teachers

We’re all probably pretty familiar with The Decalogue, the 10 commandments given by God to the Israelites after delivering them from the tyranny of Egypt’s pharaoh. (As an interesting personal exercise, try naming as many as you can from memory.) The Commandments were part of a new covenant of self-government

Read More »

Helping Your Student Build Their Working Memory

Ever forgotten where your keys are? Can’t remember if you turned the alarm on? Gotten aggravated because your child can’t remember to brush his teeth when you send him to the bathroom? Yep, those are WORKING MEMORY problems! We all have them. The good news? It’s a skill that can

Read More »
Choosing a tutor

Choosing a tutor: Individual or Agency?

At certain points of our children’s education, we may request the support of a tutor. We are fortunate as parents to have many options, but they can be a bit overwhelming. Tutors can operate privately, with a learning center, or with an agency. This article aims for a comparative analysis

Read More »
talking with children

Questions To Ask Instead

Originally written by Shyanne Kollefrath-Dangler on Paige’s Tutoring Recently, I saw a TikTok that mentioned questions to ask kids other than what they wanted to be when they grow up. It dived into many factors as to why the question may not be the best for children and honestly, it

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Title: Unlocking Potential: Enrichment Classes as the Perfect Gift for Kids

In a world that constantly evolves with technology and innovation, parents are often searching for meaningful and impactful gifts for their children. While toys and gadgets may provide temporary joy, there’s an enduring gift that can shape a child’s future – enrichment classes. These classes go beyond traditional education, offering

Read More »

The Long-Term Importance of Math

We’ve all heard it — Exclamations of “But when am I going to USE this?!” in frustration as students stare at (you guessed it) math homework. Math has always been an important life skill. But did you know that having strong math skills is becoming critical in the workforce? The Bureau

Read More »

Community outings to build life skills!

Picture descriptions… When you go to the store you are actually working on tons of amazing life skills! I love taking my clients on community-based instruction trips to work on essential life skills. Awesome job today!! Certified Behavioral Coach and Paraprofessional working with ASD/ADHD children ages 3-14 focusing on emotional

Read More »

Step out of Your Burnout and Into Your Brilliance

A Simple and Revolutionary Solution For Your Daily Pandemic “Why are we more exhausted than ever?” asks Emily Ballestros in her masterful TIME article (March 11, 2024): “People are tired. Really Tired. As evidenced by trends such as “Quiet Quitting” , “Coffee Badging”, “Bare Minimum Mondays”, and most of all

Read More »

Focus: The real superpower our children need to succeed!

The real enemy our children face today is that of constant nagging and never ending distractions. Life is full of distractions, but to the focused it is full of rewards. How do we teach our children to become distraction proof? I have used 1 simple method over the past 20

Read More »
Youth Sports Classes

The Vital Role of Youth Sports Skills Classes in Shaping Tomorrow’s Champions

In the dynamic landscape of childhood development, the significance of youth sports skills classes cannot be overstated. For children aged five to ten, these classes serve as more than just recreational activities—they are essential pillars in the foundation of physical, cognitive, and social growth. From honing athletic abilities to fostering

Read More »
When to Consider a Speech-Language Screening

When to Consider a Speech-Language Screening

In parenting and education, the common belief is that a child must exhibit serious concerns before considering a speech-language screening. However, taking a proactive approach to screenings provides valuable insights into your child’s growth and ways to support their development. Screenings serve as a guide to assess if a more

Read More »

Home Grown Learning

My own son loves growing food on our aeroponic tower garden, and the results were nothing short of amazing again. After planting Swiss chard seeds and eagerly monitoring their progress, he was excited to watch the towering plant flourish before his eyes. With each new leaf that emerged, he gained

Read More »
Really, What is Education

Really, What is Education?

I own a tutoring agency but I got to thinking this weekend “Really, how do we define education?”. So, I first consulted the all-knowing Chat GPT “what is education” and here was the response: “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and

Read More »
Reading Crisis

Illiteracy Crisis in America

Not many people are aware, but currently two-thirds or 66% of American 12 year olds are FAILING in reading.  You read that right.  In the richest country in the world, we are failing to teach most of our kids to read.  Why?  So many factors lead to this outcome.  Too

Read More »
Education Grading System

What Grading Trends Reveal About Failing State of Modern Education

For over a century, the A-F grading scale has reigned supreme in educational assessment, touted as a beacon of objectivity and scientific rigor. Yet, Stuart Rojstaczer, a luminary academic from Duke University, unveiled a disquieting narrative in his 2003 exposé for the Washington Post. Startling revelations emerged: erstwhile, the collegiate

Read More »
KaiPod Learning

With KaiPod, Parents Decide What Their Children Learn

At KaiPod, we aspire to create a new type of educational model that puts families first, allows students to work at their own pace, and educates the whole child. We knew early on that it would be important to define exactly what that looked like and how we would measure

Read More »

Nurturing Travel: A Compassionate Journey for Families with Autism

Embarking on a journey with a loved one on the autism spectrum can be a fulfilling yet challenging experience. As a passionate travel advisor with a certified specialization in working with individuals with cognitive disorders, I am committed to making your family’s travel dreams a reality. At no cost to

Read More »

We’ve Been Schooled

For more than a century now, Americans have been unwittingly shaped by the American public education system. But wait, you might be saying! We’re a homeschooling family. Our children have never been in a public school. How is it possible we have been shaped by a system in which we

Read More »

10 Commandments for Independent Teachers

We’re all probably pretty familiar with The Decalogue, the 10 commandments given by God to the Israelites after delivering them from the tyranny of Egypt’s pharaoh. (As an interesting personal exercise, try naming as many as you can from memory.) The Commandments were part of a new covenant of self-government

Read More »

Helping Your Student Build Their Working Memory

Ever forgotten where your keys are? Can’t remember if you turned the alarm on? Gotten aggravated because your child can’t remember to brush his teeth when you send him to the bathroom? Yep, those are WORKING MEMORY problems! We all have them. The good news? It’s a skill that can

Read More »
Choosing a tutor

Choosing a tutor: Individual or Agency?

At certain points of our children’s education, we may request the support of a tutor. We are fortunate as parents to have many options, but they can be a bit overwhelming. Tutors can operate privately, with a learning center, or with an agency. This article aims for a comparative analysis

Read More »
talking with children

Questions To Ask Instead

Originally written by Shyanne Kollefrath-Dangler on Paige’s Tutoring Recently, I saw a TikTok that mentioned questions to ask kids other than what they wanted to be when they grow up. It dived into many factors as to why the question may not be the best for children and honestly, it

Read More »

Title: Unlocking Potential: Enrichment Classes as the Perfect Gift for Kids

In a world that constantly evolves with technology and innovation, parents are often searching for meaningful and impactful gifts for their children. While toys and gadgets may provide temporary joy, there’s an enduring gift that can shape a child’s future – enrichment classes. These classes go beyond traditional education, offering

Read More »

The Long-Term Importance of Math

We’ve all heard it — Exclamations of “But when am I going to USE this?!” in frustration as students stare at (you guessed it) math homework. Math has always been an important life skill. But did you know that having strong math skills is becoming critical in the workforce? The Bureau

Read More »

Community outings to build life skills!

Picture descriptions… When you go to the store you are actually working on tons of amazing life skills! I love taking my clients on community-based instruction trips to work on essential life skills. Awesome job today!! Certified Behavioral Coach and Paraprofessional working with ASD/ADHD children ages 3-14 focusing on emotional

Read More »