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Does anyone know of a helpful computer program to aid my
7th grader with writing/analysis of what he has read? He's
been struggling with this for the last couple of years. He
becomes frustrated and won't want to make revisions.
My son used to go to SCORE; an educational learning center that
uses computers to help students get age appropriate skills. They
were very effective and fun for my son. I'm not sure if they are
still around, my son is now in college, studying journalism, so
it must have helped somewhere...good luck.
mom of teens
Can anyone one tell me what the differences are between the Kumon
and Score! learning centers? Are their approaches to learning radically
different or similar? Is either one considered a better program than the
other? Are either of them overcrowded? We are considering sending
our 9-year-old son to one of them for tutoring.
i can't speak to kumon, but i have intimate first-hand experience as a former
educational expert for score. here's my perspective: score's computer-based
program won't provide the type of tutoring support you're seeking for your
son, and the curriculum in the live, tutoring program is a pre-determined,
sequential program, often taught in a 3:1 ratio between children and teacher.
both programs are fine for supplemental purposes, such as reinforcing skills
and increasing students' familiarity with concepts, thereby building confidence.
however, if your objective is to help your son catch up in a particular area, i
believe the money would be better spent on a private tutor in a 1:1 situation,
and where the tutor can be more flexible given your son's needs and interests.
Anyone have insight into the Score! tutoring program? I looked
at the archives, and the most recent posts are from 2000. Does
anyone have any more recent experience with them, esp. the one
on Solano Ave.? Thanks!
I decided to send my son (10y/o) to SCORE over the summer in
Albany. Boy did he need it. I meet with the coach to discuss
areas to work on( math,reading and problem solving)Our son has
entered 5th grade this week and he told us how glad he was in
going to SCORE, he feels more confident in being able to
understand and read instructions the teacher is already giving
the class. We've decided to keep him in SCORE during the school
year. This way he will be able to keep up with the class which
is split 5th/6th grade. It's 2x a week and you can set your own
schedule - drop off your child for 1 hr and the coach takes them
to their computer to work on. They are given a passowrd to sign
on and that is how the work is tracked. You are given a
wor! ksheet indicating how they did and what they will continue to
work on. You can also request SCORE to give you homework. It's
a fun setting for the kids and goals are set to encourage the
children to keep up with the work. It's a little pricy for only
1 hour 2x a week - but if you can afford it now it might be
worth it verses waiting to see if your child catches on with the
work in school or paying for a tutor and hoping you get the
right person. They will give you a trail session if you ask
before you sign any contract.
Does anyone have direct experience with Score, in Montclair
village, (or I know they have many other locations). Is there
any reason to consider this program/activity for a child who is
doing just fine in school?
OUr son goes to score with two of his friends, and has for over
a year and he loves going. not only has it helped him improve at
school, but it continues to challenge him. the staff is great,
and some of them are fantastic babysitters as well.
My stepson went to Score in Montclair between second and third
grades for math. We all thought it was good practice for him
but certainly nothing beyond what a dedicated parent could do
at home. It was a lot of money for that.
Two boys mom
I used to be an instructor at SCORE and to answer your
question, yes there is some benefit to having your child attend
SCORE, even if they are doing fine in school. There are two
types of SCORE centers-one geared towards those who need
additional attention and help with problem areas or early
readers and one geared towards more ''stellar'' students. The
program for academic enrichment is done more at computer
stations and does not have too much one on one...though this
does all depend on the subject matter your child will be
tutored in as well as the age of your child. I think it best to
go in for a tour. The staff would give your child an assessment
to see where they are at academically and give you their
insight as to what roads you can go to help your child get
ahead in school.
One more comment though- for the amount of money you would
spend at SCORE, you may be able to find a good tutor...perhaps
advertise at the UC Berkeley career center, for cheaper. Plus,
your child will get good one on one time.
-hope this helps
Anyone done this with their child? I'm thinking about doing it with my
seven year old so he gets some drill in reading and math... Mostly I'm
in whether the child found it fun, whether it was effective in giving kids
math and reading practice and whether people found it worth the money
doing educational software at home)
My two kids started at the Montclair Score when it first open. It was fun
for them (good motivation and different incentive) and feel it helped them
for the many years they were there (hard to measure). My daughter is now
working as an Assistant Coach there (would appreciate it if you join to
refer her, Kelly Lee). You can ask her for a trial period and so you can
view the program. My view of educational software at home is the same as
gym routine. If you pay, you'll go, if you try to do it at home there is
always something else to do. Chris
I recommend Score, located in Montclair. Call Keith Ogden at 510 339 3919.
They have private tutoring available. They also have another arrangement (
less expensive) -- Families come to the center at their convenience on a
regular basis and the children use computer software to practice basic
skills in math and language arts. moving ahead at their own pace. A staff
of "coaches" actively supports the kids in their work. Periodic meetings
between staff and parents are set up to monitor progress. The director,
Keith Ogden, is dedicated and sets a very good tone. The kids work hard
and enjoy it. They feel independent and successful.
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