Maryland Collegiate STEM Conference

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO/Founder of All 4 One Tutoring

It’s been a while since we’ve posted content on our blog site! Don’t worry; we’ll be posting more blog posts in the future.

Do you enjoy STEM? As we’re well into the 21st Century, the acronyms of STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, are a heavy component at educational institutions and the workforce. STEM integrates real-world applications into lessons and trainings.

This month, faculty, staff, and students of community colleges in the state of Maryland will come together and showcase their knowledge, and skills for STEM awareness. The host of this knowledge worthy event is Baltimore City Community College . The conference will take place on Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What’s even more exciting for us is that myself and my Board Chair/Partnership Coordinator, Thomas Hayes, will be exhibitors. We will showcase some STEM products that will be conducive to the classroom and professional development. We are excited to attend! Below are photos from a STEM symposium back in November 2018.

The mission of All 4 One Tutoring is to educate and empower those who want to have a positive social change and succeed to the best of his or her ability.

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2018 Year in Review

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, Founder

All 4 One Tutoring has had its ups and downs in 2018; however, the company continued to make strides. In last year’s review, I stated that we have put some things in place to diversify and expand our product offerings, and we were able to put that in the pipeline and began to see things come together.

Contracts/Partnerships

In May of 2018, we were able to begin a partnership with Honeycomb . Honeycomb is a hardware company that specializes in STEAM education and is dedicated to designing and producing excellent electronic building blocks and related toy kits. Our Board Chair, Thomas Hayes, joined Honeycomb at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia to solidify the partnership.

In July of 2018, we dissolved our partnership with the Empowerment Academy. For four years, we ran a very successful after-school program. At least we were able to get some of the students in the program to try out the STEM kits from our partnership with Honeycomb. Since the 2018-2019 school year started, we have missed the parents and students that we served.

On the upside, in that same month, we secured a partnership with Eutaw Marshburn Elementary school in Baltimore City. We partnered with DEILAB and Smart Learning Solutions to run a 6-week STEM program with 4th and 5th grades at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

That program has led us in securing an additional contract with Eutaw Marshburn Elementary and partnering with Promise Heights via the University of Maryland Baltimore in running a STEM program. Thank you to Principal Tiffany Cole at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary.

Baltimore City Community College

Board Chair, Thomas Hayes, was invited to present at Baltimore City Community College’s 8th STEM Symposium. At the symposium, Mr. Hayes was able to share some insights about what we do for STEM/STEAM. He even had participants put coding kits together.

Hiring

Once again, we were able to hire tutors for our local face-to-face tutoring  This month (December 2018), we have once again started the process of hiring an administrative assistant and a social media person. We are looking forward to bringing more staff on-board the first 3 months of 2019.

Office Home 

We are still looking for an office home. This year has been an on and off process of searching for our office home.

Accounting 

For the first time in 5 years, All 4 One Tutoring‘s income and net profit has decreased. The decrease is about 2% for both income and net profit, but to a small business, this is it’s impactful. So, we have strategically made a plan to comeback.

What’s Next 

Being the founder/owner of such a blossoming, rewarding, and empowering organization continues to be an honor. We are proof that when we work together to achieve a common goal, we can expand quality services and programming so that everyone can contribute to positive social change. What we have planned for 2019 is:

  • to expand to the state of Georgia (still in the making).
  • to develop more on-demand courses.
  • to hire more staff.
  • to continue to develop more partnerships.
  • to find our office home.
  • to increase revenue and profit.

Special Thanks 

Just as last year, I would like to give a special thank you to those who have contributed blog posts to our blog this year. We will continue to open our doors for guest bloggers in 2019. Thank you to all who value what we do.

Let’s see each other prosper in 2019!!

Finding Focus: How to Find a Distraction-Free Learning Area for Your Children

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by Susan Good retirededucator.org

Learning how to focus on the task at hand can take years to perfect, and for many kids across the US, it can be difficult to find a good balance between school work and homework. Moving from the classroom to all the distractions that home offers can be jarring, leading to a decline in grades and poor self-esteem. That’s why it’s so important to help your child find a distraction-free zone to do schoolwork in, whether it’s in a room that is isolated from the rest of the house or just a desk where they have room for all the tools they need to learn.

You can also make other areas of your home more conducive to learning, such as adding a reading nook that has good lighting and comfy chairs to sit in. This is especially helpful for kids who aren’t automatically drawn to books, and it can help them find a love of literature that will help boost their experience in school.

Keep reading for the best tips on how to create a distraction-free zone for your kids at home.

Find a Quiet Space

Whether the learning area you create is in a room by itself or is simply an organized desk for homework, it should be a quiet space that won’t allow for interruptions. This is especially important if you have more than one child. Look for an area that is away from the main part of the house, or one that can be closed off easily for privacy and quiet.

Create a Reading Nook

Even kids who don’t necessarily love to read will enjoy having a space of their own to sit and look through the books that interest them, so creating a reading nook could benefit your child greatly. Add a comfy chair or pillows, strong lighting, and storage for books, and make sure it’s in a spot that will give your child a little privacy, as it’s difficult to become engaged in a book when there’s a lot going on around us. Make sure you look for books that are both educational and fun, on topics that interest your child. If you’re unsure of how to get started, you might consider hiring a professional to come in and remodel the area; click here for more information.

Set a Schedule

Now that you have the space, it’s a good idea to set a schedule for your child to do his homework or to study. It can be hard to get into a rhythm when there are so many other things going on, such as soccer practice and afterschool activities, so help your child find a routine that will benefit him on a daily basis. Once he gets into the habit of starting homework at a certain time, he’ll be more likely to stick with it throughout the school year.

Turn Off the Devices

Whether your child loves the TV, computer, tablet, game system, or smartphone, it’s important to set rules about when he can use them when school is in session, as they can be a pretty big distraction. The area where he studies and does homework should be device-free, although some studies have shown that classical music played at a low volume can be beneficial for kids who are trying to focus on tasks.

Creating a distraction-free zone for your child can have multiple benefits, especially if he has a learning disability or finds it difficult to concentrate at home, where there are so many opportunities to do anything other than learn. It’s also important to make sure your child isn’t hungry, thirsty, or tired when he sits down to do homework, as being uncomfortable can be a distraction in itself.

Help Your Child Ease Into the School Year with Confidence

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by Emily Graham, Mighty Moms

Almost one-third of teenagers feel sad or depressed due to stress. School has become more and more nerve-wracking, even for younger children, as the pressure builds from all directions. There are classes, homework, tests, extracurricular activities, and sports, as well as the constant need to be cool and hang out with the right crowd.

Now the first day of school is coming, and that can be downright intimidating, especially if your child already suffers from anxiety. It’s going to take some extra effort on your part to ensure they get through it with as little stress as possible. Here are some tips.

Adopt the Right Attitude

Your goal is to calm them, not deliver lectures when discussing school. In fact, Chris Palmer, the author of Raising Your Kids to Succeed: What Every Parent Should Know, urges you to be caring, empathetic and supportive. Listen to their problems and worries while letting your children find their own solutions. Above all, be sure to show your unconditional love.

Make Sure They Stay Fit

Healthy habits relieve stress, says a wellness coach writing for Verywell Mind. There’s not much time left before summer ends, so get them exercising and eating well so it becomes a routine. Encourage them to work a physical activity they enjoy into their schedule while you plan meals packed with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. The last piece of the puzzle is a bedtime routine so they get enough sleep and wake up refreshed.

Get on Track Early

The first hour of the day sets the tone, so establish a morning routine that flows effortlessly from waking up to arriving at school with no hang-ups in between. Preparation starts the night before with packing lunches, laying out clothes, and even making breakfast. That will have the kids well-fed and looking good with no morning rush to set off their nerves.

Buy the Supplies They Need

They’ll struggle with work if they don’t have the right gear to get their homework done easily, and that leads to frustration. Start with the basics like a book bag, paper, pens, and binders before moving on to high-tech items like calculators. Among older students, more and more are carrying laptops to class, which are invaluable when researching and writing papers.

Stay Organized

It’s easy to fall behind with so many projects and papers to finish unless you have a system in place to keep your child up to date. A filing cabinet and labeled bins work wonders, along with Post-It notes to remind them what needs doing and when.

Learn Calming Strategies

Even if your child is prepared for the day, something is likely to get on their nerves, such as a classmate or a tough assignment. There are strategies to cope with this frustration, and using them properly could save a lot of trouble down the road. A writer at The Mighty recommends deep breathing, listening to music, and imagining a calm place to settle their nerves.

Talk to Them About Risks

Dangers lurk in between classes, especially for teens who may encounter classmates who smoke, drink, or use drugs. Your child may be tempted to do the same, either to deal with the pressures of school or just to be cool. Explain how this is never the right way to cope with anxiety, as it could lead to an addiction that ruins their health and their life.

Take It Easy

Classes start easy and get more difficult as the year progresses. This gives your child the opportunity to ease into their studies rather than take off at full throttle. Use this time to your advantage by encouraging good work habits and keeping to a schedule with enough breaks so they don’t get overwhelmed.

Healthy, organized, and informed, your child is ready to tackle the year with gusto. Any lingering anxiety should be manageable by staying positive and sticking to your routine. With a little effort, their school days will be as exciting as they are productive.

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Going Over Homework

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

Over the past few years, we have been asked by potential clients and clients for our tutors to go over homework. Our response to that is that we don’t go over homework, but we provide homework assistance/help. Let’s explain.

-Going over homework does not instill skills for autonomy.

-To promote autonomy, we promote and use effective research-based modeling.

-Once a client displays independence with that skill, he/she will be comfortable with doing his/her own homework assignment.

All of our tutors are trained in research-based techniques. We are in the business of not only improving content/skill level and grades, but character too.

How Do I Learn Best?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, Founder

Have you or your child(ren) said, “I study, but I just can’t get it” or “I just can’t get what the teacher/professor is saying in the class?”

Perhaps your study habits or class attentiveness is not align with how you absorb certain information. Yes, learning styles can be good. However, a number of techniques maybe better, such as the use of mnemonics. This is can be very complex to teachers. Yes you want to be inclusive of every student. However, every student absorbs information differently. This is the main reason All 4 One Tutoring customizes each clients’ one-on-one tutoring plan, and our tutors are trained on research-based techniques. Feel free to leave a comment.

Fun, Technology-Based Activities for Your Kids to Do This Winter

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by Laura Pearson, Guess Contributor

Photo via Pixabay

Most kids love spending as much time outdoors as they can, but when winter rolls in, it can be difficult to fit in outside time. The coldest months can also be the most boring for young people, but fortunately there are plenty of online activities for kids that are also educational. Whether your children are interested in art, science, music, math, or reading, there are tons of fun things they can do when the snow begins to fall and they’re stuck inside for awhile.

It’s also important to look for ways your children can stay active when outside time isn’t a possibility, and there are options for that online as well. There are several dance videos, tutorials, and games on the Web that will help your children get up and get moving even when they can’t get active outdoors.

Here are a few of the best sites and apps to try when your child is tired of being stuck inside.

Check out some science projects

There are several ways your child can learn about science online, and many projects that can be completed with simple ingredients you already have at home. Try EarthScienceJr.com, where your kids can learn about how to make “lava” with items from the kitchen.

Learn a new language

Learning a new language can open many doors for your children, and it can help with comprehension in school subjects, as well. Talk to them about which languages they might be interested in learning, and look up some information on the best techniques. Duolingo and Stories by Gus on the Go are widely acknowledged as two of the best language apps for young people; go here for a longer list.

Have a dance party

Get your kids up off the couch by having a dance party that they can move to! There are several dance tutorials on YouTube, or you can look for video games that incorporate movement, such as “Just Dance.” All the music and videos may require a new television or sound system, which can really make a huge difference when it comes to getting your kids motivated to exercise. It’s important not to make any rash decisions, however, so do your research before buying. Click here for more information about home theater systems.

Make it age appropriate

It’s important to make sure your children have age-appropriate content when they use the computer or tablet, and there are some great sites that have a variety of games, videos, and music for all ages. For younger kids, PBSkids.org is a wonderful start because it has tons of fun activities that teach little ones about numbers, words, and colors. Click here to see more learning sites.

Boost confidence

If your children are having trouble with a particular subject in school, you may be able to find a site or an app that will help boost their confidence with it. There are even some that are used in classrooms, so your children can keep up with schoolwork at home and boost their confidence in the subjects that give them trouble.

Many kids these days are plugged in much of the time, whether it’s on a tablet or on the computer, so why not make use of it and help them move ahead? Try a few different sites and apps and help your children find the right ones for their needs this winter.