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The Truth About One-on-One Classes

Why should you choose one-on-one classes over group classes?

First of all, you have to understand the importance of quality time for students. In a one-on-one class, a child gets 45 minutes of undivided attention. This help's with the child's focus, because they don't have to worry about what other kids are thinking. It also makes a huge difference in the child's confidence, because all the love is being poured into just your child for that entire time. This sends the message to the child that "I am important" and "I can do this."

Secondly, in group classes, no matter how great the teacher is at differentiating a lesson, there's really no way that a child's class can be totally tailored to their needs. For example, if I'm working with a child on short vowels and blending sounds and they're doing amazing, then the next step I might want to take is to level them up - at that moment, in that class - but if I have another child in the group, I may not be able to do that. Those students might be at completely different stages in the lesson. If the other student is confusing some letters, then that student might benefit more from a drawing activity to help them differentiate the letters.

As a teacher, I can't do both approaches. I have to decide which approach I'm going to take, and no matter what I choose, one person will be bored or one person will be overwhelmed. There's really no way to support both children at the same time.

In my one-on-one classes, this issue is eliminated. I'm able to tailor each and every lesson to that child's specific needs. This is the most efficient way to create results and confidence.

Are one-on-one classes worth the money?

One-on-one classes may be a more expensive up-front investment, but in the long term they may actually save you money. When you invest in your child's learning from the get-go, you are setting them up for success and teaching them strategies that will last them a lifetime. Children that don't get one-on-one classes when they're young often end up needing tutoring for the rest of the time that they're in school - costing you much more in the long run. This is especially true for neurodivergent children, like those with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

Interests & Emotions

In order to bring joy to learning, it is important that your child's interests and emotions are considered in every lesson. These are two things that I've found have a huge impact in whether a child enjoys learning or finds it boring or unbearable.

In a one-on-one class, I'm able to address the child's interests and apply that to the class, by using subjects that your child is excited about.

I'm also able to address their emotions - if they're having a really bad day, we can talk about it in class.

Addressing their interests and emotions this way is what will ultimately help them to see learning in school as enjoyable. It sends the message that we accept all of who they are. As a result, your child will love to learn.

What's Next?

If you're ready to give one-on-one classes a try, send me an email at You can also follow my Instagram and Facebook pages for updates, and join my mailing list for upcoming events and workshops!

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