Snow-bound kids? Great opportunity for fun and learning!

January 31, 2010

Like many Richmond moms, we’re stuck at home today with excited and antsy kids. This is a great time to have fun with the kids and a perfect opportunity to teach them something useful and that they’ll remember for a long time! Little Scholars includes these kinds of activities in their one-on-one tutoring and you can do the same on days like today:

1. Today is a great day for cooking with your kids! One of my all time favorites is pizza. Write the recipe on notecards and have your child read and follow the recipe. If your child is not reading yet, have them tell you the steps of how to make a pizza. Just like in our Bookworm program, you can look for times when you can have your child read as often as possible, even short passages such as recipe cards.

2. Playing in the snow is fantastic for developing gross motor skills. Did you know strong gross motor skills in your shoulders and arms is critical for fine motor development? What other shapes can they make by changing what they do with their arms and legs? It doesn’t snow enough here to include these in our Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes program, but you can help build their skills while having fun on days like this.

3. Write messages in the snow using a spray bottle filled with colored water or use water colors paints and brushes. Giving children a creative, fun exercise that practices their writing like our Writers Workshop program can start them on a life-long love of writing.

101 Ways to Praise Your Child

January 25, 2010

Praising your child is one of the most important things you can do for them.  It gives them the self-confidence they need to succeed in all areas!  Here is a list of just a few of my favorites:

101 Ways to Praise Your Child

That’s Incredible!

How Extraordinary!

You’re Very Talented!

Outstanding Performance!

Far Out!


Very Brave!


I Can’t Get Over It!


You Figured It Out!

You Should Be Proud!

Amazing Effort!

Unbelievable Work!

You’re the Greatest!


You’ve Got It!


How Original!

You’re Special!




Your Project is First Rate!

Way To Go!

You’ve Outdone Yourself!

You’re Super!

Thumbs Up!

What A Great Listener!

Your Help Counts!

You Make Me Smile!

You Came Through!


You Tried Hard!

You’re A Pleasure To Know!


Your Effort Really Shows!

You Made It Happen!

What A Genius Idea!

You’re A Real Trooper!

It Couldn’t Be Better!


You’re A Champ!

You’re Unique!


You Set A Good Example!

Right On!

Fantastic Work!


Keep Up The Good Work!



I Knew You Had It In You!

You’ve Made Progress!


Your Work Is Out of Sight!

What An Imagination!

It’s Everything I Hoped For!



You’re Sensational!

Very Good!

You’re A-OK!

You Made The Difference!

Good For You!

A+ Work!

You’re So Kind!

Take A Bow!

Super Job!

How Thoughtful of You!

You’re Sharp!

Nice Going!

Class Act!

Well Done!

Thanks For Helping!

You’re Inspiring!

How Artistic!

You Go The Extra Mile!

You’ve Earned My Respect!

Hooray For You!

You’re A Joy!

You’re A Shining Star!

You’re #1!

You’re Amazing!

What A Great Idea!

Great Answer!

Great Discovery!

Extra Special Work!

You Deserve A Hug

You’re Getting Better!


You’re Tops!

You’re Catching On!

You’re Neat!

You’re Very Responsible!

You’ve Got What It Takes!

Spectacular Work!

You’re A Winner!

Thanks For Caring!


Does my child need a tutor?

January 13, 2010

It is that time of year when you may be wondering…does my child need a tutor?  Here are some signs your child may need assistance outside of the classroom:

Preschool (four and half years old to Kindergarten)

  • has difficulty grasping a small writing instrument to make controlled movements
  • can’t recognize the letters in his/her name
  • does not speak in complete sentences
  • has another diagnosed developmental delay
  • demonstrating problems with number concepts

Grades K-5

  • difficulty forming letters when writing in print or cursive
  • consistently avoids reading activities or complains that reading is too difficult
  • has difficulty decoding words
  • does not understand what he/she is reading
  • is getting resource help during the school day
  • lack of confidence and/or does not attempt new skills
  • discrepancy between test scores and daily classroom performance
  • struggles with writing assignments
  • unable to grasp math concepts
  • tutoring has been recommended by your child’s teacher
  • needs to be challenged

What to look for in a good tutor?

  • kind and caring person
  • dependable
  • communicates effectively and easily with child, parents and teachers
  • qualified educator
  • enjoys working with children
  • has a love of learning
  • understands learning styles

If you believe your child needs a tutor for either remediation or enrichment, Little Scholars offers top-notch educational development sessions.  We are committed to preparing your child for school success with one on one attention.  We focus instruction in an environment that is designed to meet your child’s individual needs while catering to his learning style through engaging experiences. Our services can be provided in your home, at your child’s school, or in a location that is convenient for your family.

We encourage you to visit Little Scholars at to read about our approach to educating children!    For more information or to set up tutoring, please contact us at