Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 20 years of experience working with students in all grades, Katrina is an expert tutor who can help your child succeed. Her tutoring enables children to move through fear and resistance to feel more confident and comfortable with school.

Confidence Building

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Meet Katrina Martin, MA; Associate/AOGPE

 

Katrina has 20 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this by combining mindfulness techniques and practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​ She is Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level and provides expert reading intervention for students with dyslexia and other reading differences.

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Creating Helpful Routines​

The beginning of the school year is a great time to create new routines and systems to ensure a smooth morning and evening flow. To that end, I’ve asked Sarah Thompson of Clean Slate Vermont to offer her best tips. As a home organizer, Sarah helps busy families transform chaos into calm. Her biggest advice? Observe and tweak. Sarah recommends that parents observe their children’s behaviors, examine what problematic behavior might be about, and then tweak their approach. “It’s up to the parents to figure out what their kid is trying to tell them,” she said. For instance, you may want your child to get up at a certain time, but that might not match what they need. Think about how much time you’re giving your child to transition from sleep to breakfast to leaving the house. They might need more time in the morning. “Some kids need to get up earlier. That one change can take out the stress of the morning,” she said. The same theory applies at bed time. “Almost everyone puts their kids to bed later than they should,” she said. “Parents are afraid if they put their kids to bed early, they’ll wake up early. But they won’t.” She also suggests creating time in the evening that acts as prep for the next day. Spend 15 minutes talking about the upcoming day: what do your kids need for school? What time will you need to leave the house? Pull together any special items needed for the day. This time can even be spent laying out clothes, or getting boots, hats, and mittens ready by the door so leaving in the morning goes more quickly. The most important piece for both the morning and the evening is that the routine repeats daily.“The same thing should happen every night, the same schedule, the same order,” she said.The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to try new routines and rhythms and make tweaks as necessary. If you feel like you could use a hand making those adjustments, I highly recommend Sarah as someone who can guide you. Wishing you a fantastic beginning to the school year!​

Create A Homework Spot

It is already back-to-school time this week for some students, and being in Vermont, where students have about three weeks left of summer, it seems so early! To help all my students prepare for starting a new school year, today I wanted to talk about creating a homework spot. There are some key components to a successful homework spot: 1. Keep it as distraction-free as possible. This means that a spot in a high-traffic area is not a good choice. While many families instinctively choose the dining room table or kitchen counter as a homework spot, this can lead to many distractions, including snacking, other family members' conversations, younger siblings, pets, televisions, radios, and screens. Instead, choose a space off to the side where you can put a small table and a chair. Or, put a desk or table in your child's room. Ask your child where they would feel the most comfortable. Of course, there are caveats: I know many parents choose a family space rather than their child's room because they want to monitor their child to make sure homework is getting done. If that makes more sense for your family, make sure you turn off the TV or radio, keep conversations to a minimum, and take other steps to help ensure a calm, quiet space for homework. This may take some adjusting for everyone, but especially for ADHD students, or other students who struggle with focus, creating this kind of space can be a game changer. 2. Start the routine on day one to get used to this spot. If you set up a homework space before school starts, and then remind your child to use it every day after school, using that spot will become a habit. 3. Gather the appropriate supplies. Students often need a pencil with a good eraser for doing homework. For older students, lined paper, blank paper, a highlighter, and note cards are all good supplies to keep in stock. They may also need a spot with good wifi or a solid internet connection and a plug so they can work on their laptop, if they have one, for online assignments. If you have a home printer, make sure you stock up on paper and ink. 4. Make it comfortable. Is the lighting good? Is the chair relatively comfortable? Is there a fan nearby if it is hot or a blanket they can use if it is cold? If they feel comfortable, they are more likely to do their work. Wishing you a successful start to this new school year!​

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