Travel can offer your children a different kind of educational opportunity not readily available in the classroom or even on school fieldtrips. As grandmother Pat Marsden notes, “Geography is much more understandable in 3-D.”
But you love traveling and plan to take frequent rips throughout the year, you will still want to make sure that your kids are not missing important lessons at school. Pulling young trekkers out for frequent vacations can interrupt their learning. While there may be less than ordinary reasons that you find yourself searching for New York tutoring or tutoring centers in Sacramento, finding a tutor can help keep your child up to date when they return to school. And it can also be a positive way of ensuring vacation fun as well as learning success.
Decrease Days Missed
If you know that your child will have significant absences, there are some clever ways to strategically plan a trip in order to reduce the number of academic days missed and, in the process, mitigate a teacher’s frustration. Book tickets and hotels around school holidays and weekends to decrease the amount of time skipped. Additionally, it is best to avoid leaving town on exam days or during testing weeks of the school year.
Can a Tutor Help?
Most educational concepts build on one another. For instance, tackling long division without the ability to subtract numbers with confidence will prove difficult, frustrating and potentially impossible for young students. However, it is unlikely that your child will miss all the lessons on basic math while gone on vacation for one week. Most teachers will send along a packet of worksheets for their vacationing students to work through and remain up to date on what will be happening in class during their absence.
However, if your child feels unconfident about a particular concept, this could potentially affect their progress and grasp of the particular subject. It is best to meet with the teacher after class, spend one-on-one time with your child at home and/or hire a tutor to help your child master the difficult area and be properly prepared to continue learning.
There are an increasing number of ways to find a tutor for your child.
A newer and travel convenient method is hiring an online tutor. This involves a real person meeting one-on-one with your child via video chat or microphone and headset over the internet. This way, the child can ask questions and be walked through the subject. And because it only requires a computer and internet connection, this tutor can travel with you.
Though your child’s school may strongly advise that taking him or her out of class will create an academic disadvantage for the child, there are many practical ways to take advantage of reduced travel rates during the school year. And by ensuring that your student will be able to easily rejoin the classmates at home, you and your child can enjoy a hands on learning adventure that will build important memories and provide a real world foundation for the academic lessons back in the classroom.
Author Abby Evans is a mother and freelance journalist currently reviewing health options for her family.