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The Difference between a Tutor, Learning Specialist and an Educational Therapist: Choosing Your Best Option

Is your child struggling in school? Are you considering outside help, but you just don’t know where to start? Finding the right individual to work with your child is often a difficult task. What’s more, it’s challenging to determine the type of professional that is required. To help you with the process, here is a breakdown of the responsibilities and expertise you should expect from these three professions.

Tutor:A tutor is a private instructor that has an expertise in a specific school subject. They teach or re-teach classroom concepts, and they may or may not have formal experience or training in education. Many offer assistance with homework, and some can offer advice with time management or study skills.

Learning Specialist:
A learning specialist is a private instructor for students, parents, and teachers. They focus on metacognitive as well as compensatory learning strategies. Many also offer instruction, training and remediation in specific academic areas such as readi…

5 Fun Ways to Teach the Vowel Combinations or Vowel Teams

1)Place the vowel combinations on a balloon with a permanent marker, or have the students do it themselves.  Pass the balloon from student to student.  They will then say the first vowel combination they see and then they share the sound that it makes.  In a more advanced version, they can share a word that uses that vowel combination.    2)If you are looking for something more durable than a balloon, you can purchase playground balls and write the vowel combinations on them.    3)Use old scrabble tiles.  Place two tiles together to make a vowel combination and then let the students come up with as many words as they can by adding additional tiles.  Write all the words down that are created into a list for all the students to see.  For added fun, they can add up all the numbers on the tiles to gain points.     4)If you don’t have scrabble tiles, you can purchase small kitchen or bathroom tiles and write the letters on them with permanent markers.  If you get the small, rectangular tiles…