Carnegie Center Fall classes start September 12th!

6 Sep

Dear Tutoring friends,

Thanks for your support of the tutoring program and The Carnegie Center!  Most of you know, we’ve got a lot more going on besides our after school tutoring program.  If you don’t, be sure to check out our upcoming schedule of classes.  We’ve got computer, language, writing, special events and more!

Fall 2011 Schedule of Classes & Events

Tutors, don’t forget we offer one free class in thanks for your hard work and dedication to our program.  Call of go online to get registered today!

Happy Learning,

Laura Clinton


Carnegie Center closed for the Holiday!

31 Aug

Dear friends,

This is just a reminder that we will be closed for the holiday on Saturday, September 3rd and Monday, September 5th.

Enjoy your Monday off and we’ll see everyone again soon!


Laura Clinton

Back to School Tutoring Newsletter!

23 Aug

It’s that time of the year again. New backpacks, teachers, homework, and even friends. Here at the Carnegie Center, our classes don’t start until September 12th, however, we’ve got a busy schedule preparing for our year-long program!

Check out the Back to School Edition of the tutoring newsletter to meet our new Youth Outreach & ESL Coordinator, find transitioning tips and see upcoming Carnegie Center classes.

Back to School Tutoring Newsletter!

If you’ve started tutoring, don’t forget to check out the new Tutoring Resource Center on our website:

Here, you can find detailed lists of what’s available in the tutoring room!  You can also find the K-12 common core standards for math and reading and links to websites you might find helpful when planning your tutoring sessions.

Don’t hesitate to stop in the office at any time with questions or concerns regarding tutoring.  Together, we’ll be off to a good start this school year.


Laura Clinton

Vote for the Carnegie Center!

8 Aug

The Carnegie Center has again been nominated for Lexington Family Magazine’s Family Favorite Camp and Tutoring Program!

To vote, please go to this link: Click on the “Vote Now for your Family Favorites” blurb (like the one shown above) on your top, right screen, and vote for the Carnegie Center for your Favorite Camp and Favorite Tutoring Program!

Your last chance to vote is August 22nd; so, be sure to vote soon!

We are honored to be nominated, and appreciate your loyalty!

Preparing for the New School Year

1 Aug

Here are some great tips for getting your kids back into school-and-learning mode!

Study Area

To ensure your child will have a comfortable place to focus this upcoming school year, clean off an area—desk, counter space, table, etc.— and designate it as your child’s study space. Make sure to choose an area that is free of distractions, away from T.V., music, and other members of your family. Kitchens can sometimes be difficult places to study considering the conversations taking place with and around your child, as well as the clang and clatter of cooking.

If your child has a wonderful study area but is still having trouble with certain subjects, be sure to take them to the Carnegie Center for Homework Help, and to tell your child’s tutor. His tutor can help him grasp the subject he is struggling with as well as strengthen your child’s study skills.


Get your kids back on an early bed schedule well before school starts. Most kids begin staying up late in the summer months. But kids need 9 1/2 to 11 hours of sleep a night, depending on their age. (Teens need a minimum of 9.5; toddlers usually do best with 11). Getting them back on schedule so they’re sound asleep by 9pm to be up at 7am for school takes a couple of weeks of gradually moving the bedtime earlier.

Imposing an early bedtime cold turkey the night before school starts results in a child who simply isn’t ready for an earlier bedtime, having slept in that morning and with the night-before-school jitters. In that situation, you can expect everyone’s anxiety to escalate. So keep an eye on the calendar and start moving bedtime a bit earlier every night by having kids read in bed for an hour before lights out, which is also good for their reading skills.

And be sure to get yourself to bed early too! The first day of school requires a good deal of preparation on your part—getting kids cleaned and dressed, and lunches and backpacks packed—and, because a new school year is a big change for your little one, it is almost necessary to arrive at the school a few minutes early to help your child adjust.

Preview the Day

Be alert for signs that your child is worried, and reflect that most kids are a little nervous before the first day of school, but that he will feel right at home in his new classroom soon.

Take advantage of orientation opportunities to familiarize your children with the school and promote bonding between your children and their new teachers.

“Every child thrives on routine, especially younger children and children with special needs,” Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician in Austin, Tex., spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics and author of “Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year,” noted. She advised parents to check with the teacher to determine a typical day’s schedule, then review it with the child: when the school day starts, meal and snack times, free play and story time, etc., as well as where the parents will be during school hours.

This helps children feel more secure and better handle transitions. “Perhaps the parents can create a little storybook that depicts the child’s day in school,” Dr. Brown suggested.

The day before school starts, talk about exactly what will happen the next day to give your child a comfortable mental movie:

“We’ll get up early tomorrow for your first day in Ms. Williams’ class. We will drive there together and I will take you into her classroom and introduce you to her. She will make sure you know all the other kids, because they will be your new friends. I will read a book to you and then we will hug and say our special goodbye. Then Ms. Williams will take you to the block corner so you can build a tower. Ms. Williams will show you where the bathroom is, and you can ask her anytime you need to go. There will be games and books and blocks, and she will read to the class. You will get to have fun on the playground with the other kids, and you will get to sit at a desk like the big kids. And at the end of the day, Ms. Williams will bring you to me on the school steps, and I will be there to pick you up and hear all about your first day at school.”

Also, be sure to practice saying goodbye.

Academically Prepare Your Child

Wake up your child’s brain. Be your child’s tutor for the days leading up to the new school year and the beginning of year-long tutoring. Take a trip over to the Carnegie Center for a good book or to use the tutoring room!

Make time for your child after school. Share a snack with her (to boost her blood sugar levels back up to normal), and ask her questions about her day—what she is learning, her friend status, the dish on her classmates, etc. Set aside this time during the afternoon to comfort your child and ease them into the school routine.

For more back-to-school tips check out these great resources:

-Laura Zolman, Summer Tutoring Intern

Teaching Graphic Novels

26 Jul

Need help sparking your student’s interest, improving his/her reading attitude, or increasing his/her comprehension? Graphic novels may be your solution. Kate Monnin of the University of Florida believes she has found the ideal in teaching early english. Check out her blog (listed below and in Links We Like) and this Academic Minute to find out more!

Also, be sure to check out the graphic novels we have available in the tutoring room, from Captain Underpants to Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

-Laura Zolman, Summer Tutoring Intern

Links We Like

18 Jul

Hello Tutors and Parents!

You may have noticed our blog has gone through a bit of a change. I am proud to say that we now include links to Carnegie Center news, local blogs for parents, and great online resources to help your child grow academically. Also, you can now subscribe to our blog!

You can find all of these links on the right-hand side of your screen, but here are a few of our favorites:

Fun 4 Kids in Lexington KY:

A local blog for Lexington and Central Kentucky families highlighting activities for kids. This is a great compilation of everything that Lexington has to offer your children, including free promotions by local businesses and other fun, inexpensive ways to get your children out of the house and discovering the world!

Bluegrass Moms

A collaboration of mothers in the bluegrass providing news, forums, advice and more!

I Can Teach My Child

This site includes an extensive array of resources to help you be your child’s first teacher, providing helpful advice and educational activities for children ages zero through five.

Hope you find these sites to be beneficial!

Have a website or blog you think we should highlight for our tutors and parents? Let us know! Email me at or Laura Clinton, your Tutoring Coordinator, at!

-Laura Zolman, Summer Tutoring Intern