Here are the notes from our most recent Parent Meeting. When your child begins instruction at Finch Tutoring, you have access to a wonderful support network of other parents who are on the same journey as you and your child. We meet every two months and discuss a variety of different topics. We also share questions, ideas, and strategies in an active Facebook Group which all parents of children in Finch Tutoring may access.
Thanks to everyone who came Saturday. We had a fantastic meeting. As one parent was leaving, she commented, "I always feel so good after these meetings." That is the purpose behind our gatherings - to share great information in a supportive environment. As promised, here is a list of links about topics we covered. For those of you who could not make the meeting, I've provided a brief description next to the link. If you have questions, please post them here and someone will help.
I will be planning our next meeting for April or early May. Please feel free to provide any topic ideas. I know we will be planning a meeting on using technology for writing. I'll post more details in a future post. Here are the links:
AIM Virginia - https://aimva.org/ - an organization that can provide free access to audiobooks, like Learning Ally, if you meet certain qualifications.
Bookshare - Free audiobooks for students with language based learning differences. All you have to do is sign up, and I can sign off on the paperwork. Books are read by a computer voice.
Learning Ally - http://www.learningally.org/Home.aspx - A fantastic organization that keeps getting better. Memberships include access to a variety of resources including audiobooks that are read either professionally or by a computer. Memberships are $119 annually, however you may be able to get the cost covered through AIM Virginia.
Overdrive - An app that is available for a variety of devices, including tablets and phones. Gives you access to free audiobook rentals through your public library network.
Kindle Fire Kids + Whispersync - http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Edition-Display-Wi-…/…/B00YYZEQ1G - A truly awesome combination. Buy ebooks through amazon.com for your Kindle Fire and then add professional narration from Audible.com for about $3 per book. The kids version of the Kindle Fire is $100 and comes with a protective case and 2 year warranty. In a future post, I'll provide some recommendations on how to get the most out of your audiobooks.
Audible - http://www.audible.com/ - Professionally read audiobooks for a monthly fee.
Livescribe Pen - https://www.livescribe.com/en-us/ - This is an amazing tool that we will cover more in a future meeting.
Fiverr - www.fiverr.com - This is the website mentioned by one of the parentes where you can hire people to provide services for you for as little as $5. He uses it specifically to hire people to write text for his business projects.