Group Classes

What a year it’s been! The 2020-21 school year is coming to an end and we are all trying to figure out what it meant for us. As individuals, as families, as parents, and as educators, we’re all taking stock. Everyone worked so hard over the last year to make a whole new educational world successful. Whether your child was learning in person, virtually, or homeschooled by you, there was a constant stream of new challenges. It wasn’t any kind of “regular” year. So now what?

We need a rest. We need a change of scenery. And we also need to get ready for next school year. With that in mind, we’re offering several small-group courses this summer! If you want the convenience of online instruction and the energy of small group learning, check out what we have planned!

Paragraph Writing

Writing expectations can be some of the biggest challenges as students advance through middle school and high school. One problem is that students are often shown examples and asked questions, but never given step-by-step coaching to execute it themselves. Imagine sending your child to a baseball practice where the coach had the team watch a World Series game and then said, “OK, now do that. Remember, your job is to score more runs than the other team. Your game is on Friday.” Ridiculous, right?

I teach writing using the Self-Regulated Strategy Development approach (SRSD). This teeaching approach introduces a variety of structures for different types of writing. Then students practice those structures with increasing independence until they can select, plan and execute that writing on their own.

At the end of this class, students will be able to confidently compose a paragraph to answer an academic question and cite material from a single source to support their answer. They will also correctly use conventions like transition phrases and quotations to make their writing clear and powerful.

Who: Students entering grades 6-8

When: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-1:45 pm Eastern, July 12-August 11

What: Eight 45-minute class sessions and two 20-minute individual coaching sessions. Small groups of 4 to 8 learners and individual check-ins ensure that your child gets the individualized feedback they need to improve their writing.

Why: Students will learn to consistently write the kind of detailed paragraph with appropriate text references that middle school teachers expect across the curriculum.

Where: The class is conducted via Zoom, with materials provided via Google Classroom. Students need a personal (non-school) Google account to participate.

Cost: $200 for the session, which includes a binder of resources and course materials mailed to you before the course begins.

Book Club

This summer book club will keep your 4th-6th grader reading, writing and learning as we read a popular novel then discuss and write brief journal-style responses to the story. Book selection will be made based on the makeup of the group.

Who: Students entering grades 4-6

When: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-1:45 pm Eastern, July 12-August 11

What: Ten 45-minute class sessions. Small groups of 4 to 8 learners ensure that your child gets lots of opportunities to participate and practice skills.

Why: Students tend to lose what they learned over the summer. Keep your child’s reading skills fresh and give them the opportunity to read and discuss some great books with new peers!

Where: The class is conducted via Zoom, with materials provided via Google Classroom. Students need a personal (non-school) Google account to participate.

Cost: $150 for the session, which includes a copy of the selected book and a summer reading journal shipped to you before the class begins.

If you are interested in any of these small groups for this summer, please complete the form below. If you have questions, you can always reach me at beth@readingwritingtutor.com or 508-318-8867.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email and ask! We’d love to put together additional groups that meet our students’ needs!

PLEASE NOTE:

These groups will run only if a minimum of four students enroll for a particular class.