Building a Strong Foundation Today
A strong educational foundation is one of the most important gifts we can ever give to our children.
How do I go about finding a resource when my child needs extra help?
One of the first places parents can start when considering a tutor is asking at your child’s school. Also, online searches and local college websites may be avenues to find tutoring assistance. You’ll need to invest the time to find the right match – contact, interview, and thoroughly review the background of the tutor to ensure the right fit. Sometimes the best tutor may be a qualified neighbor or family friend.
Questions you might want to ask a prospective tutor:
- What kind of teaching experience do you have, and what are your credentials?
- How do you evaluate each student’s needs?
- Where does the tutoring take place (library, in-home) and how often?
- How much does it cost?
- How do you measure results? What if my child doesn’t improve?
Local tutors in the area are listed below:
Bob’s Math Tutoring | Math, grades K-12
Kalamazoo Area Tutoring Association | Multiple subjects, homeschoolers
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Portage | Math and reading after-school enrichment program
Math from the Mitten | Math, grades K-12
Nazareth Reading Center | Writing, reading, math, college prep
Sylvan Learning Center in Portage | Multiple subjects grades K-12, college prep, summer camps
Thompson Tutoring | Multiple subjects, grades K-12
Rachel Timmermann M. Ed. | Multiple Subjects, K-8
Language Programs for Kids
In a global economy, the world seems to be getting smaller. Now more than ever, it’s important for our children to learn another language and culture.
There are numerous ways to learn a new language, including online sites such as Duolingo, and programs such as Rosetta Stone, or Pimsleur. The library is rich with resources – books, CDs, and videos for additional learning opportunities. Schools such as El Sol, a Kalamazoo Public School, offer immersion by offering instruction in two languages, Spanish and English.
Kids actually learn new languages much faster than adults. In fact, the younger, the better. Check out the following local spots that offer language lessons.
Kalamazoo Chinese Academy | Chinese
Kalamazoo Community Education | Foreign Language Classes online
Thompson Tutoring | Spanish
Using STEM to Build Great Thinkers
STEM is rapidly gaining ground in today’s schools, and after-school programs. Educators are working to prepare children with concepts on understanding and using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
For tweens and teens who want to be on a traveling robotics league or preschoolers who want to learn about the layers of the ocean, Kalamazoo is full of opportunities for building those science and math skills.
Air Zoo | Sky Kids Club – STEM classes for ages 6-12
FIRST Robotics | Robotics leagues for grades 9-12
Kalamazoo Public Library | Little Scientists Class for Preschoolers
Kalamazoo Robotics | Robotics leagues for grades K-12
Kazoo School | Offers after-school and homeschool classes on various topics like chess, cooking, LEGO Club
Portage District Library | STEM classes, Lego club, various ages and times
Sylvan Learning Center in Portage | Robotics, science, coding, and engineering classes