Saturday, December 17, 2005

Tutoring Really Is Paying Off!

Our teenager was failing Algebra 1 so we got him a tutor, he attends a weekly Algebra workshops and changed his study habits. The results were that his last test he received a B-! Our son, my husband and I are thrilled.

Homeschoolers have a variety of choices when it comes to tutoring. We decided that the one on one, in person would work best for us. Fees and experience vary so shop around. If you're enrolled in an Independent Study Program or Virtual Learning School see if they provide tutoring service for free. Our program is through the school district so they provided the tutor. I would suggest getting references, interviewing the instructor with you and/or your child.

We also use the free online tutor service that our local public library makes available. The service provides homework assistance with Math, Social Science, History, Science, and English for grades 4 through 12. Check with your public library to see if they offer online homework assistance.

ITV Educational Channel, a local TV channel, has a live call-in math homework assistance program. Students receive help with math problems from teachers, over the phone. Our son has utilized this service and found it very helpful.

The fact is that there are many tutoring services available. Do your research and select the one that best meets the needs of your student.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Are You a Telecommuting Mom?

When people find out that I work from home and receive an actual paycheck they really want to know more. There are legitimate jobs out there. You just need to know where to look.

Here's a list of great message boards.

TelecommutingMoms - You'll find a message board with tips and support from fellow telecommuters,

Workplace Like Home - a message board with fellow telecommuters, links, tips and other interest for the telecommuter

WAHM Message Board - you'll find a folder for telecommuters as well as other virtual call center companies

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Can You Begin Homeschooling at the Mid-Year?

December 2005, my husband and I started our teenage son on a homebased learning journey. Marcus was falling behind, suffering from stress related disorders and just plan miserable. He had most of the month of December off to decompress.

This week's Homeschooling section, has an article called "Can I Begin Homeschooling Mid-Year". It gives parents links and suggestions if they find themselves going down this path.

I wanted to add to check out your local Independent Study Programs, virtual schools and homebased learning programs. There's many choices out there. Pick the one thats right for your student and family.

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