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A Special Book For A Child: Meet Me in Zzzz

The bedtime story is more than a part of a child’s bedtime routine. When they listen to a book, children learn concepts of print. They see how print is actually spoken word, pick up on the ways language can be played with to express thoughts and feelings, and develop a rich vocabulary.

Recently, our Director, Joanne Sallay, had the chance to review a book, for Village Living Magazine called Meet Me in Zzzz. She described it as, ‘magnetic’ because it actually is! The picture book is custom made by the purchaser. They create customized magnets that include one photo of the child plus another eight photos of choice. The nine magnets create the characters for Meet Me in Zzzz, all of whom are central figures in the life of the little reader.

By making the story personal, this will be a tale the child will want to read over and over again. It will also make a wonderful keepsake, especially when it comes from a family member who doesn’t live close to the reader-what an amazing way to build a connection!

MagneTree Books is giving away a copy of Meet Me in Zzzz to one of our readers! Enter to win via the Rafflecopter.

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Read the full article on Village Living Magazine to learn more about Meet Me in Zzzz.

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Transitioning to Post-Secondary School Workshop

Transitioning to post-secondary is a challenging time in a young adult’s life and the decision making is best started in grades 11 and 12.

In support of mental health awareness month, we’re pleased our Director, Joanne Sallay, will be joining Springboard Clinic for a free workshop, Mapping Success For High School And Transition To Post-Secondary.

Joanne will be discussing how tutoring can be a proactive strategy for the post-secondary years as consistent, ongoing support helps students master areas where they may not be as strong and provides academic enrichment. Tutoring also supports organization and study skills that can foster good learning habits in the later years.

Also sharing their expertise on creating individualized plans for student success are community partners York University’s Learning Services and City Academy. This promises to be an interesting discussion – bring your questions!

Date & Time: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Location: Toronto Public Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room Northern District (Yonge and Eglinton)

This is a FREE workshop, but seating is limited, so please rsvp to info@springboardclinic.com or call them at 416 901 3077. For more details visit the event page. We encourage parents and students to join.

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Summer Learning with the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Summer learning is top of mind for many families looking to keep their youngsters engaged over the break.

Jessica TudosThe Pan Am and Parapan Am Games taking place this summer in Toronto provide a special learning opportunity for students.

There is much to glean from this major athletic event – teamwork, perseverance and working towards a long-term goal – just to name a few.

In her latest column in the Huffington Post, our Director Joanne Sallay explores this very topic in a Q&A with Jessica Tudos, author of Kika the Upside Down Girl. Read the full interview here.


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Celebrating 30 Years of Tutoring

Our story began 30 years ago, founded on the belief that every child deserves the chance to maximize their learning experiences. While working as a special education teacher and department head in the Toronto District School Board, Rhona Sallay identified the need for additional support at home. Outside the classroom, she experienced as a parent the challenges that come with tutoring your own children. With a strong desire to support students and their families, Teachers on Call was born.

Much has changed in the education world since our start in 1984. With a handful of tutors on our team, the requests we received were initially for high-school students who needed remedial help. Over the last three decades we have seen academic needs evolve to include literacy and numeracy enrichment for elementary students, specialty support for French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, study and organizational skills in all grades.

Almost five years ago, our family business grew to include Rhona’s daughter Joanne. It was quite symbolic as she was one of Teachers on Call’s first students. In our anniversary year, many of our alumni have reached out to us to share their academic and professional success stories. We learned that past students achieved marks they never thought possible, graduated from competitive post secondary programs, and entered meaningful careers and professions. It makes us proud to learn we played a role in our graduates achieving their goals in school and in life.

Thank you to our incredible team of tutors, partners, and supportive families. This milestone would not have been possible without the special people who have helped us along the way.

Here’s to 30 more years of learning that lasts a lifetime.

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