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Old 01-31-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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We will be moving our family to Colorado with my husbands job, we will probably be there by May of this year. His job is based out of Westminster so were looking for a home within 30-60 minutes of that city. We currently have one of our children with a private tutor for his schooling & we would like to find one in Colorado, preferably one that doesn't cost an arm & a leg, with my first child as a downpayment

Would anyone here have any suggestions or know of any tutors that you can recommend? We will be out there at the end of February/beginning of March to look for home, so am hoping to have a few names of tutors that we can meet while were out there.

I also wouldn't mind any recomendations for cities/areas that have awesome schools. We are looking but having some recomendations from locals is always helpful!


Thanks so much!
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Start looking for suitable housing near work, then find a school that you like, then find a tutor in that area.

There is zero reason to have a 30 minute + commute.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Start looking for suitable housing near work, then find a school that you like, then find a tutor in that area.

There is zero reason to have a 30 minute + commute.
Agreed.

And is there a reason the OP assumes the need for a tutor?
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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Agreed.

And is there a reason the OP assumes the need for a tutor?
The thing is we are open to where we live, a commute is not a problem for us as my husband will not have to be in the office everyday, not even every week in most cases. So if we find a tutor who is good & lives in a certain city, we will concentrate on that city more. If we don't happen to find one then we'll look around & pick a city to live in & go from there. Having good schools is important too, as we have other children in school so that is something we are on the look out for as well.

And I'm not sure if I'm reading a tone into your response or not, so forgive me if there isn't one, but it comes across a little rude. I don't assume anything, I know my child & what s/he needs. Not that I need to explain myself but we have had some learning (not behavioral) difficulties and because of this s/he is behind and we have seen huge improvement with our current tutor, we would like to continue on that route until s/he is better able to handle public school. We have always done a mixture of different learning settings with our children, depending on what they need - be it homeschool, private school, tutor, public school or a mix. They have all thrived, it is what has worked well for us.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The thing is we are open to where we live, a commute is not a problem for us as my husband will not have to be in the office everyday, not even every week in most cases. So if we find a tutor who is good & lives in a certain city, we will concentrate on that city more. If we don't happen to find one then we'll look around & pick a city to live in & go from there. Having good schools is important too, as we have other children in school so that is something we are on the look out for as well.

And I'm not sure if I'm reading a tone into your response or not, so forgive me if there isn't one, but it comes across a little rude. I don't assume anything, I know my child & what s/he needs. Not that I need to explain myself but we have had some learning (not behavioral) difficulties and because of this s/he is behind and we have seen huge improvement with our current tutor, we would like to continue on that route until s/he is better able to handle public school. We have always done a mixture of different learning settings with our children, depending on what they need - be it homeschool, private school, tutor, public school or a mix. They have all thrived, it is what has worked well for us.
I am a retired school principal. The vast majority of children do not need a tutor, assuming the school is relatively decent. I was simply wondering if there were a diagnosed learning situation, or a behavioral issue, or if -- as is sometimes true -- it is merely parental whim. There's nothing wrong with hiring a tutor, when needed.

In terms of my question, there's nothing rude about it, nor was there any tone to it. It was a very simple question, because you're posting a difficult question to answer with little pertinent information. There are vast differences in the qualifications of tutors, particularly because in most places there are no legal qualifications to hang out a shingle. There are tutors who specialize in specific content areas, tutors who specialize in specific learning conditions, tutors who specialize in specific behavioral conditions. You didn't give any hint as to what kind of tutor you were seeking. In my years in education, I think I have seen as many tutors who did harm or little good, as who improved a situation.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:08 AM
 
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I am a retired school principal. The vast majority of children do not need a tutor, assuming the school is relatively decent. I was simply wondering if there were a diagnosed learning situation, or a behavioral issue, or if -- as is sometimes true -- it is merely parental whim. There's nothing wrong with hiring a tutor, when needed.

In terms of my question, there's nothing rude about it, nor was there any tone to it. It was a very simple question, because you're posting a difficult question to answer with little pertinent information. There are vast differences in the qualifications of tutors, particularly because in most places there are no legal qualifications to hang out a shingle. There are tutors who specialize in specific content areas, tutors who specialize in specific learning conditions, tutors who specialize in specific behavioral conditions. You didn't give any hint as to what kind of tutor you were seeking. In my years in education, I think I have seen as many tutors who did harm or little good, as who improved a situation.
I suppose it all comes down to opinion, in our situation a tutor has been extremely helpful & we will continue using one until we feel the need is no longer there. I mentioned it was for schooling, I should of been more clear in my original post as to what that meant to us. Almost all of our child's schooling is through the tutor we are currently using, we are looking for someone who is flexible, has experience teaching elementary & middle school subjects, is homeschool friendly, teaches in a group setting with at least 5 other students, has experience working with children who are autistic, adhd (and many of the conditions along that spectrum), dyslexia, as well as learning disabilities in reading, writing & math. Our child doesn't have issues in all these area's but we have found that when a teacher has experience with these conditions the results have been more positive.

Hopefully that helps. We have had luck with tutornation.com turning up names in the area's of Co we are looking, so I may just go through there but I find value in personal recommendations, so am hoping to get a few as we begin our search.

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