Garden of Praise can help children learn

Government funded tutoring has been in the news lately. Billions of federal dollars are being funneled to private tutoring programs which may or may not be accomplishing the intended goal. Some school administrators believe their teachers can do the job without the tutoring programs.

In 2010 Channel 4 in Dallas did an investigation of a company called Tutors with Computers. This company signs up students with promises of laptops and other gifts and charges $92 an hour. Tutoring companies have fleeced Texas schools out of $200 million dollars in the past five years.

Two years later they are still in business as reported by the Dallas Morning News.

In October 2014 two people who ran tutoring companies in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area pleaded guilty to defrauding the school districts. They had billed the districts about $3.1 million for tutoring that never occurred. They both face up to five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. They may also have to pay back the money.

We at Garden of Praise have material available for your use and it won't cost you a dime. Biographies for Kids and Famous Paintings were designed to teach students about famous people and art works while increasing reading comprehension and study skills.

There are more than 100 biographies plus biographies of additional famous artists on the site and each one has enough material for a week. A teacher can use the Birthdates page to plan his or her studies for the year. Some choose birthdates that correspond to the month in which they are teaching.

We will use the biography of Marie Curie for an example

Day 1 :

The child will read and discuss the story with the teacher.

The student will study the dictionary words and alphabetize them.

The student will choose an online activity such as a word search, word scramble, or crossword puzzle, etc. to work.

Optional: The teacher will print the study sheet for the child.

Day 2 :

The teacher and the student will review and discuss the story.

The teacher will ask the questions orally from the Worksheet or have the child write the answers using complete sentences.

The child will view the Slideshow and read the captions under the pictures.

The student will choose one or more online activities to do.

Day 3 :

The student will do research about the famous person using the Research Links.

The teacher will give the Multiple-choice Test either orally or on paper.

The child will do some online activities and the Quia game.

Day 4 :

The teacher and the child will peruse the Library of Online Books and Book Previews. The teacher may have some oral comprehension questions prepared for selected books.

The teacher will print an activity such as the crossword puzzle , word search , or word scramble for the child to work.

Day 5 :

The student will take the Test Online which will be computer graded. If the teacher is registered, the test results will be saved. If the teacher is not registered, the student can use the code 0000 to take the test, but the results will not be recorded.

The child will choose one or more online activities to work.

The child will write a short summary of the famous person's life and draw a picture about the most interesting thing learned about that person.

(Some Online tutors charge $39.99 an hour.) Tutor.com

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Biographies in this Series

Reference citations information for these biographies

Presidents of
the United States
George Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe Andrew Jackson
  Martin Van Buren Abraham Lincoln Theodore Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt Harry S. Truman Dwight D. Eisenhower
  John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan Barack Obama Calvin Coolidge
American Patriots Benjamin Franklin Francis Scott Key Deborah Sampson Molly Pitcher
World Leaders Constantine Alexander the Great Winston Churchill Margaret Thatcher
Inventors Alexander Graham Bell Johann Gutenberg Cyrus McCormick The Wright Brothers Henry Ford Thomas A. Edison
  Sequoyah Nikola Tesla Michael Faraday Dean Kamen Jack Kilby Leonardo Da Vinci
  Donald O'Neal
Explorers Christopher Columbus Meriwether Lewis Robert Peary John Muir Matthew Henson Sir Edmund Hillary
  Kit Carson Johnny Appleseed Daniel Boone
Women who made
a difference
Clara Barton Helen Keller Florence Nightingale Joan of Arc Amelia Earhart Annie Oakley
  Susan B. Anthony Elizabeth Keckly Harriet Tubman Anne Frank Eleanor Roosevelt Madam C.J. Walker
  Sadako Sasaki Henrietta Lacks Malala Yousafzai      
Scientists George Washington Carver Sir Isaac Newton Marie Curie Louis Pasteur Albert Einstein Galileo
  Lise Meitner Norman Borlaug Benjamin Banneker
Educators Noah Webster Booker T. Washington Aristotle Mary McLeod Bethune
Physicians Hippocrates Walter Reed Albert Schweitzer
Religious Leaders George Muller Increase Mather
Athletes Lou Gehrig Wilma Rudolph Tiger Woods Michael Phelps
Civil Rights
Martin Luther King Rosa Parks Sojourner Truth Frederick Douglass Mary Ann Shadd Cary James Forten
  Gandhi César Chávez William Wilberforce Nelson Mandela
Composers Beethoven Mozart
Authors Laura Ingalls Wilder Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) Ernest Hemingway Greg Mortenson Phillis Wheatley
Artists John James Audubon Gutzon Borglum Ansel Adams Dale Chihuly Van Gogh Michelangelo
  Rembrandt Grandma Moses Cassatt Renoir Cezanne Rockwell

Famous Artists in this Series

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Art Appreciation
Lessons for Kids








Van Dyck
Van Eyck
De Flandes
Van Gogh
de Hooch
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