I've been returned from my Peace Corps assignment for three years. I've slipped back into teaching college management courses on a part-time basis. I take my dog to the park. I tutor my grandchildren. I am a volunteer consultant with Executive Service Corps working as a coach for a new Executive Director, and I am going to start volunteering with Schools on Wheels, an NGO whose focus is to tutor homeless children on Skid Row in
I tutor my granddaughters, Ava and Mia. We call it home”fun” because learning should not be work when you are six and two. Actually, regardless of age learning should never be work. It's fun to create learning games and activities to teach reading, geography and math. But I have to be honest. I'm good at teaching literacy, but I’m lost as to how to teach math. So I hired an amazing Math Tutor, Mary, who is helping Ava learn early math concepts. I'm learning from Mary. She shares in my perspective of learning; it’s important to not only learn, but create a love for learning. About Mary
Ava's summer focus has been reading and storytelling. She just entered first grade and she is a fluent reader. She has written simple stories about things she has done over the summer and we are going to bind them into a scrapbook. As she writes and draws wonderful pictures of her activities, I often think about my own journal and how much I miss it. Children are influenced by what they see. Mia wants to do all the same things as Ava and so she does home”fun” working on letters, shapes and numbers and making her own colorful summer scrapbook.