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Old 11-11-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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Hey guys,

Has anyone had any experience with Sylvan, Huntington or Kumon Learning centers?

My youngest is not where she should be with language arts despite a lot of attention at home, school and with tutoring. Her teacher felt Sylvan or Huntington could help. From what I've seen, their price tags are quite hefty. I have not heard such great things about Kumon - because they are more affordable.

If anyone has any feedback on any of these centers I'd appreciate if you could share it with me.

Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:26 PM
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Well, I went to Kumon and Huntington when I was in High School. That is a good 15 years ago so I don't know whether my opinion is still applicable to these learning center nowadays.

I felt Kumon is useful because math is all about practice and repetition and the exercises from Kumon will give you that. Your kid has to be willing to do this extra work though. The instructor in Kumon aren't going to force your your kid to do anything.

I thought Huntington was a rip off. I told my dad that and he won't listen. Back then, you sat in the learning and they give you reading and writing exercises and an instructor then grades your work. It helped me a little bit but it is not worth the $$$/per they are charging.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Thanks - I have heard Kumon is decent for math - because math is basically drill & kill. Her problem really is language arts though, I don't know if a bunch of worksheets will do it for that.

Thank you for your feedback!
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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Have her screened for dyslexia. Even if kids can read (and some read well as most dyslexics are highly gifted) they may have it. Dyslexia requires different types of tutoring. So I'd check and see why she is having issues before chosing a tutoring service.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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Not that I'd be against having her checked for it, but I don't know that she shows any signs of dyslexia. She MAY have signs of ADHD and we are having her evaulated for that.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Maybe it would be good to find a high school student or someone that could give her personal tutoring
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:05 PM
 
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Thanks Raven...actually, I have both HS and a few college students I could go to. I wanted to try and get someone that has LEARNING techniques though, not just reading along with her. I was thinking of contacting some local colleges education departments and seeing if they could reccommend some students? It's soooo tough. Now my kids are in private school, so some family members (you know family - have to give their 2 cents, even when you don't want it...) are all saying put her in Public and get Sylvan. Uhm, NO. She's happy, adjusted and my town has a mediocre school..she's in a really good school... sadly, to write the tuition check PLUS Sylvan is probalby not do-able.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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Not that I'd be against having her checked for it, but I don't know that she shows any signs of dyslexia. She MAY have signs of ADHD and we are having her evaulated for that.
Most kids with Dyslexia have ADHD. Also many are left handed or not hand specific. Please know these kids are very smart, which is why it doesn't become an issue until they are already reading. We just went through this with my daughter. We are doing some specific tutoring and it has been the greatest blessing. We found out she was dyslexic through a screening for ADHD!
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:20 PM
 
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Oh and if you can get her classified as dyslexic or having a non specific learning difference she will receive free instruction through the public schools. Most places will do a screening acceptable by the public schools for about $100 (or less). Just something to think about. You can make a direct request to the public schools to test her for free.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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I've looked into Kumon for my daughter and they seemed too into speed and repetition. I also have heard that sylvan and huntington is very $$$ so don't want to go that route. I looked around and found JS excel tutoring. They assigned my daughter a private tutor. So far my daughter is going better and the price for the private tutor is not bad. You can check them out.
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