You’ve heard me pontificate about the wonders of Oxford Learning before. And that’s because we’ve had such positive experiences there during the past two years.
Feel free to go back in time and read more about The K Man’s struggles with early reading and how Oxford Learning’s Beyond Tutoring program helped him excel.
Now that we’re in the throes of another school year, you’ll know pretty quickly if your child needs a little extra boost. Because that’s really what Oxford Learning is: a boost. It doesn’t replace school, nor does it replace the time you spend reading to your kids at home or helping with homework. It augments those efforts, elevating your child’s overall education.
It also exposes kids to new ways of learning with teachers who probably have more patience than you do. And, boy, do they have patience – which I guess is just a tad easier to do with three students versus 30.
Learning is important, but momentum – in my opinion – is even more important. It’s the momentum that keeps them at (or above) their grade levels right through the summer months or in situations where they might be an average student who just isn’t getting the kind of attention s/he needs in class because s/he is neither the most needy or the brightest.
Let’s face it – there aren’t programs designed for kids who are walking middle of the road academically.
The good news is that Oxford Learning is for every kind of learner. Every kind of achiever.
For The K Man, it was about fixing things early. Beyond Tutoring worked like a charm and he’s now taking a well-earned break to try some different extracurricular activities. We’re going to revisit where he is in January, and we’re completely open to the idea of enrolling him at Oxford again if need be.
For Miss Q, on the other hand, we didn’t want her to lose all that momentum she built coming out of JK this past June, so we enrolled her in Oxford Learning’s summer R.E.A.D. Elite program, which is designed for a range of kids (those heading to JK right through to the summer before Gr. 2), and focuses on intense bursts of fun learning modules mixed with short breaks.
As a JKer who was reading quite well for a four-year-old, writing her name and several other letters of the alphabet, this wasn’t about catching up. It was about moving forward so that when she started SK this fall, she could dive right into the curriculum without missing a beat.
Because we learned from our mistakes and we know from The K Man’s experience that the summer lull can be used much more wisely.
That’s where R.E.A.D Elite came in.
She thrived. And she really did just jump right back into school for her second year of full-day kindergarten. Success!
Let’s say, however, that you did what we did with The K Man and now your child has a bit of a learning deficit. All I can say is this: don’t wait. There’s no shame getting your kid a little extra help. I can promise you that you’ll never, ever regret letting Oxford step in. But if you don’t, I’d hedge my bets that regret will rear its ugly head.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
DISCLAIMER: Oxford Learning generously provided R.E.A.D. Elite programming to one of my children, but we paid the full amount for the other because we believe in the power of learning.