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Dyslexia Simulation

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Join us Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:15 for a dyslexia simulation!

Ever wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic? The Tutoring Link and The Bowers family will be hosting a dyslexia simulation to answer this question.  Participants will experience what it’s like to go through school as a student with dyslexia while being guided through six different simulations.

We hope participants will gain a better understanding of and empathy for people with dyslexia.

THIS EVENT IS FULL!

 

 

By | October 6th, 2019|News, Uncategorized, Workshops|Comments Off on Dyslexia Simulation

2019 Summer Camps

When:
Monday- Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades:
K-5; SMALL GROUPS (1 tutor: 6 students)
Price:
$150.00 per week
10% Sibling Discount    (Healthy snack included)
Register by May 1st and save 10%!

Week of June 10th- Art Camp:
Campers will enjoy a week of art exploration- get ready for an artmazing time with Kellyn!  All grades.

Week of June 17th- Math Facts Fluency Boot Camp:
Fine tune math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division) with Caitlin. Math games and manipulatives are incorporated into each day for an assortment of math activities, fact review and fun.  Rising 3rd-5th grades.

Week of June 24th- STEM camp:
STEM summer camps are designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students of all ages in a fun and engaging way. The students learn basic STEM skills while making new friends and improving social skills with Rory. Rising 3rd-5th grades. FULL!

Week of July 8th- Orton-Gillingham Reader’s Week:
Students will work on phonological awareness (segmenting, rhyming, manipulating sounds), syllable division, spelling patterns & rules, comprehension and spelling using the Orton Gillingham hands-on, multi-sensory learning approach with Laurel. Rising 3rd-4th grades. FULL!

Week of July 15th- La Casa Loca Spanish Immersion Camp:
Welcome to The Crazy House with Maestra Gio!  Campers will learn Spanish through musical immersion.  This camp is 9-12 pm, M-Th.2 SPOTS LEFT!

Week of July 22nd- Orton Gillingham Reader’s Week:
Students will work on phonological awareness (segmenting, rhyming, manipulating sounds), syllable division, spelling patterns & rules, comprehension and spelling using the Orton Gillingham hands-on, multi-sensory learning approach with Laurel. Rising 3rd-4th grades. 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Week of July 29th- Breaking Math-One Operation at a Time:
Strengthen math fluency skills, learn strategies and breakdance! Kids will learn strategies related to grade-level content while learning break dancing moves to make kinesthetic connections to math. Join Vanessa and our very own breakdancing tutor, Mark, for this week of music and math!  Rising 3rd-6th grades.

Week of August 5th- Advanced Orton Gillingham Camp:
Dig into the roots of the English language!  This camp is for students who have been utilizing the Orton Gillingham approach.  Campers will delve into morphology and etymology through scientific word investigation with Laurel. Rising 3rd-6th grades. 2 SPOTS LEFT!

Week of August 12th- Kinder Readiness:
This camp will help rising Kindergarteners get ready for their first year of primary school.  Campers will focus is on print knowledge, phonological awareness skills, fine and gross motor skills, linguistic awareness, emergent writing, number/counting concept, sequencing, cutting, and more with Miss Mickey.  Rising Kindergarteners.

Week of August 19th- OG For Newbies!:
This camp is for students who are new to the Orton Gillingham method of language instruction. Campers will learn phonological awareness skills, syllable types and spelling generalizations with Laurel.  Rising 1st-2nd grade. 3 SPOTS LEFT!

Summer Book and Writing Club dates TBD!

Small groups and 1-on-1 tutoring will be available Monday – Thursdays from 1:00-7:00 PM
*ALL SUMMER CAMP PAYMENTS ARE DUE BY THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE*

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve your spot.  Register by May 1st and SAVE $15.00!

By | March 1st, 2019|News, Summer Camps, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2019 Summer Camps

Drop and Shop! Kids Cookie Decorating Classes

Monday, December 3rd & Wednesday, December 5th 
5:00-6:30
$25.00

 

Need time to shop without the kids?

You can enjoy holiday shopping while the kids are having fun as they join our favorite local artist, Geena Woodard, for a cookie decorating class just for kids!

 

 

***Space is extremely limited and registration is required.***

 

Register for the Drop and Shop Cookie Decorating Class




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By | September 2nd, 2018|Art classes, News, Uncategorized, Workshops|Comments Off on Drop and Shop! Kids Cookie Decorating Classes

I Can Speak Spanish 2-Musical Immersion Fall Semester

We are excited to have Giovanna Guerra back with her fabulous Spanish immersion program!

How non-native parents can raise a bilingual child?
“I Can Speak Spanish 2″ can help your kids learn a new language through musical immersion. My Spanish School Program offers a fun and easy way to develop true bilingual fluency through songs, story time, rhymes, games and a taste of the Latino food and dance traditions. They will become not only bilinguals but also bicultural people.
We provide all the materials: Cd’s, DVD’s, books, flash cards and worksheets to continue practicing at home.

Number of Students:
4 to 6 students per class and according to their levels.

Semester dates:
Saturdays 10:00-12:30 2 hour class
Mondays 4:30-6:00 1.5 hour class
September 8 through January 31

Initial Registration: $70
Monthly Tuition Payment Saturday Classes: $140.00
Monthly Tuition Payment Monday Classes: $120.00
*10% sibling discount

Register now to reserve your spot:




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By | July 30th, 2018|News, Spanish classes|Comments Off on I Can Speak Spanish 2-Musical Immersion Fall Semester

ACT Prep and College Essay Writing small group sessions

ACT Preparation:

  August  6, 8, 10   
3:00-4:30 p.m.
$100.00 for three sessions

Essay Writing:

  August 13, 15, 17 
 3:00-4:30 p.m.
$100.00 for three sessions

$175.00 for both ACT and Essay Writing

Students will join Denise Pivarnik-Nova, ACT college board consultant, author of 400 Essential SAT Words and former high school English teacher to prepare for the next ACT (September 8th) and learn how to compose thoughtful, well written college essays.  Groups are limited to four students.

Register Today



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By | July 30th, 2018|News, Workshops|Comments Off on ACT Prep and College Essay Writing small group sessions

Stress Reduction & Self Care for Parents

Reserve your seat today!

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End of grade testing causing stress and anxiety?

Founder of Twist Kids Yoga, Mary Beth Bender has created an offering called ‘Stress Reduction and Self Care for Parents’ It is based on the philosophy that to bring Yoga & Mindfulness to children, we must first give the self care tools to parents. Parents can learn the proper tools and techniques to use at home to help alleviate stress, anxiety, burnout and negativity.

Benefits include:

  • Less stress, burnout, anxiety
  • Improved conflict resolution
  • Improved empathy and compassion for others.
  • Reduced reactivity and negativity
  • Ability to focus better on tasks

Mary Beth would love to see more Yoga & Mindfulness in the lives of children and feels that in order for this to happen, it must start with the parents.

When:

May 8th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:

The Tutoring Link
8918 Blakeney Professional Drive
Suite 110
Charlotte 28277

Price:

$30.00

Mary Beth’s Bio:

Mary Beth is an E-RYT 500. She is also a RCYT with 2 full certifications through Little Flower Yoga and Grounded Kids Yoga. She has also studied with Yoga Kids International, Asheville Yoga Center and continues to see inspiration in the work of others.

Mary Beth created Twist Kids Yoga with the intention to bring more mindfulness & yoga to the younger generations. She believes in the positive ripple effect that this work has on the world.

Mary Beth is a child at heart and has an infectious love and warmth for children. Children enjoy her boundless energy and her youthful spirit.

By | April 15th, 2018|News, Uncategorized, Workshops|Comments Off on Stress Reduction & Self Care for Parents

Conversational Spanish Camp

When:
Monday-Thursday 1-3pm
Week of June 18 th , July 23 rd , July 30 th

Cost:
$150 for the week

Where:
The Tutoring Link in Blakeney
8918 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28277

Ages:
4-12 year olds

Instruction:
Native-Speaking teacher.

Want your child to start a full immersion in Spanish? Students will learn words, rhymes, songs
and stories that teach: numbers, greetings, foods, weather, colors, feelings and phrases in
Spanish. There will be a special "No English" time, intent to give an immersion experience while
still having fun. *All levels welcome!

By | March 4th, 2018|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conversational Spanish Camp

Art classes every Friday in March

We are excited to announce the following art classes to our schedule!

Dates & Classes

Times & Ages

March 2nd 2018

Abstract Fluid Art

March 9th 2018

Into the Light Acrylic Painting

March 16th 2018

Cake Decorations

March 23rd 2018

Glitter Confetti Self Portraits

March 30th 2018

Texture Paintings: Multi Medium Art

10:00am – 10:45am

3 – 5 year olds

11:00am – 11:45am

6 – 10 year olds

4:00pm – 5:00pm

11+

Reserve your spot today


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About Geena Woodard

Geena Woodard is a local artist who brings her talents back to Charlotte after a three year project in Wilmington, North Carolina. Born and raised in the Low Country of South Carolina, Geena
received a bachelors degree in studio art and education from Converse College.

Learn more about Geena >>

By | February 26th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Art classes every Friday in March

Come Learn about the Gage Series @The Tutoring Link on Tuesday, February 6th from 3-7pm

The Tutoring Link will be hosting Darla Desiderio and her super awesome Gage Series on Tuesday, February 6th from 3-7pm.

Here is more about the Gage Series:

AUTHOR: Darla Desiderio

INTRODUCTION: Darla Desiderio is the author of the Gage the Flying Whippet series—books written for children ages seven to ten. Her works include Gage the Flying Whippet (Book One), The Scrapper (Book Two), The Swan (Book Three), and the Gage the Flying Whippet Coloring Zine.

GAGE THE FLYING WHIPPET SYNOPSIS: This book takes the juvenile reader (ages seven to ten) on a thought-provoking journey with Sammie, a rising eighth grader with dyslexia. Faced with the reality of remedial summer-school math, Sammie feels frustrated and defeated, until she meets a magical canine friend to mentor her through life’s obstacles.

THE SCRAPPER SYNOPSIS: Garrett P. Murphy finds himself during the winter break of his eighth-grade year having to take care of himself because nobody else can. He struggles in the fast-paced New Jersey and New York City to support himself and his family after the loss of what should have been an established figure in his life. With the help of an unusual canine pal he names “Scrap,” Garrett discovers his own impressive resourcefulness and creates a small repair business. He is pushed to survive, finding help from places he never could have imaged.

THE COLORING ZINE: Travel to imaginary places with this unique coloring zine, a mini coloring magazine that features the black-and-white chapter illustrations from the Gage the Flying Whippet series of books. Young readers can engage with the characters and scenes depicted in the series as they color each of the twenty-five beautiful illustrations. The zine also contains designated drawing pages, so children may sketch the content of their imaginations while reading about Gage’s special dog wisdom. Each page is framed so the finished creation can be cut out and given as a gift. Dream big dreams with this coloring zine!

For the literary circle questions that accompany the series please email the author at gagetheflyingwhippet@gmail.com

My social media and hyperlink to my Amazon.com is https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_8?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gage+the+flying+whippet+series&sprefix=gage+the%2Caps%2C213&crid=2N4DP9BPWKDJB

Look forward to seeing you all here!

 

By | February 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on Come Learn about the Gage Series @The Tutoring Link on Tuesday, February 6th from 3-7pm

Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach

Where did the Orton-Gillingham approach originate?

Dr. Samuel Orton, a pathologist who worked with adult patients with brain damage, was asked to evaluate students who were struggling to read. After much observation, he realized these students were reversing letters and their order in words causing them difficulties with reading.  His knowledge of brain damage led him to hypothesize that these children did not have proper cerebral organization in which the left hemisphere of their brains were not becoming dominant over the right hemisphere. He was determined to help these children and subsequently used multi-sensory techniques that worked with his adult patients combining kinesthetic and tactile methods to the already traditional auditory and visual methods traditionally used. Just a few years later, he started working with psychologist and educator Anna Gillingham who introduced a systematic and orderly approach of categorizing and teaching all of the different sounds in the English language, and together, they created the Orton-Gillingham approach. She dedicated a lot of time to training teachers and creating instructional manuals regarding reading instruction.

What is Orton-Gillingham?

The Orton-Gillingham approach is a thorough language based, sequential, multi-sensory approach to learning how to read and spell that is both flexible and engaging. It is a program that has simplified the English language to phonemes (sounds), morphemes (parts of a word that have meaning such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots), and common spelling rules. These lessons are taught using a multi-sensory approach which allows students to take in the information by listening, seeing, touching, and using movement. Every lesson is interactive and engaging with the certified tutor.

Why is it effective?

This method has proven to be very effective with children especially those whom live with the struggles of dyslexia and those with ADHD. Because lessons are engaging and flexible, children are more likely to stay focused and less likely to “tune out”. In addition, because a multi-sensory approach is being used, information is being received simultaneously by different parts of the brain. This will not only allow the learner to store the information in their brain but will also increase the likelihood of retrieval providing different triggers to allow the students to recall what he has learned.

Who would benefit?

Any child in Pre-K-4th grade learning to read would greatly benefit from the Orton-Gillingham approach because of its sequential, engaging, and flexible manner of teaching reading. So many children who have struggled with dyslexia and ADHD are often relieved to know they CAN read and take with them lifelong strategies to help them in the future.

Contact @thetutoringlink for more information regarding our Orton-Gillingham reading programs.

By | May 8th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach