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Testing…testing…1, 2, 3…testing. Testing?

Starting the day we are all born, our lives seemingly resolve around tests. From the Apgar test that is performed within minutes of birth, to our health, school work, and obtaining our driver’s license, taking tests is we measure our ability.

For juniors and seniors in high school, the two tests designed to gauge a student’s readiness for college (the SAT and/or ACT), can represent a true terror. These tests are one of the most important factors looked at for college admission and can make the difference of a student getting in to his or her first choice college or maybe a fallback choice.

At New England Tutors we are all intimately familiar with standardized testing for college. In fact, one of our most requested services is our SAT/ACT preparation course. But did you know that the reliance on a standardized test is actually becoming less standard? There are now over 850 schools of higher education adopting the test-optional policy!

Learn more about the new trend of test-optional college admissions and review some resources on how to best help prepare your student for the college application process by visiting the full post at the link below!

The decline in withholding recess as a punishment

My guess is that the most common answer to the question “What’s your favorite subject in school?” is RECESS. Well, maybe not the most common, but certainly at the top-of-mind for kids in primary school.

I remember when I was a student, that breaks throughout the day were important, even necessary. And my daughter seconds the motion!

So when I came across an article in Education Week exploring the decline in withholding recess as a punishment, I immediately took notice, and hope that you will visit our latest blog post to read more about the topic and the research that has been done. The link below will take you to my full post!

Summer Options for Campers with Alternative Needs

For families and their children with disabilities or special needs, all they want is for people to see them as individuals. Not as the child with Cerebral Palsy, or the child with Down Syndrome, or whatever the disability or special need maybe. Whatever challenges they must face. It is only part of who they are.

We are fortunate to have three camps in New Hampshire, two of which are residential, that understand this desire. The mission of these three camps is to allow children with disabilities or special needs to be campers in a traditional camp setting while supporting their needs.

You can learn more about these two camps on our latest blog post. We’ve included an overview of the services provided, the summer 2015 schedules, and even a video so you can see how amazing these camps are. Just visit the link below!

Is it really a learning disability?

From our March newsletter..... In the 6 years I have been working with children and families in the tutoring world, I have seen a diverse community of needs, abilities and diagnoses. I have reviewed IEP's and 504 plans, attended IEP meetings, parent teacher meetings...

Connecting the Dots – Professional Development

As spring was coming on (at least I hoped it was…never sure in New England…), I was reflecting on the growth of New England Tutors and how we have cultivated and nurtured our organization, while we cultivate and nurture the skills and talents of our students.

Why Not Consider a Private School?

Don't get me wrong, public schools are exactly the right place for many students. I know from experience, and from the work we at NE Tutors do all over the region. But sometimes, and for a lot of reasons, a private school environment might suit your child better....

Education Choices in New Hampshire

Today, parents have more choices than ever before with regards to their student’s education. At New England Tutors we have been able to closely observe the variety of different educational environments and the advantages/disadvantages they all bring across a range of situations.

Did you know that 87% of New Hampshire’s students attend Public Schools, while close to 3% are Home Schooled and only about 1% attend a Public Charter School? When considering what the best environment would be best for your student what questions would you ask and what would you take into consideration?

Visit the link below to read the full post where we compare and contrast the different learning environments available to New Hampshire students. If you are contemplating a change to your student’s learning environment we know there is a lot of research to be done, and hope that we’ve helped you start the process.

The Critical Role of Reading Non-Fiction

Did you know that the average child in the United States spends roughly 8 1/2 hours a day watching TV, listening to music, and playing video games, but less than 4 minutes a day reading nonfiction? Nonfiction texts prepare students to think logically, analyze data, and discuss complex and controversial issues. In particular, students need to read and comprehend informational texts as often—and as fluently—as they do narrative texts.

Why?

Students who read more tend to learn more vocabulary, become more proficient readers, find reading more enjoyable, and thus continue to read more. Poor readers, on the other hand, tend to read less and lose ground. Over time, these differences create a huge gap in learning.

To read our entire article, which includes information on how New Hampshire students performed on the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) and resources for helping your student access nonfiction literature, please visit the link below!

Social Skills, Not Just An Autism Community Challenge

With the addition of Cindy Ziobrowski to our team this past year, my world has expanded immensely into the needs and challenges of the Autism community on many levels. One of which is the underdevelopment of the social skills piece for these individuals. As I have...

New Course in Social Competency of Health Education

New England Tutors, under the professional guidance of our special education program director, Cindy Ziobrowski, has created a new class for parents of ASD children and those with social skills deficits. To be started in October of this year, this class is designed with the particular needs of this population and their parents in mind. If you are the parent of a special needs child, you know the need for directed help in certain areas, health education being one of the most important.

To learn more about the new class offering please read our full summary at the link below, or please feel free to contact us!

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