Is my Child on Track Academically?

As busy and as involved as you parents are in your daily activities with work, carpool, household chores, driving your kids to soccer practice, and raising a family, you want to know if your child is learning something at school. Right? Although you ask your child at the dinner table, “So what did you learn today in school?”, the answer is always the same…”I don’t know.” Sound familiar?

There is a lot going on in the education system right now, and teachers are required to get through a lot of information in a short amount of time.  We won’t even tackle the subject of Common Core! It is really up to you, the parent, to be involved and keep up with your child’s progress.

ASK QUESTIONS! Don’t be afraid to talk to the teacher or the administrators and find out what you can do to make sure your child is on track. Unfortunately, if he/she is struggling, losing interest in school, having behavior problems, or doing poorly on tests, you may need to ask to have your child assessed.  Sadly, it may take a long time to go through the process to make this happen, but help is on the way!

BREAK THROUGH THE UNKNOWN and let CARE Learning Academy give you the answers you need to know if your child is being left behind.

Arrange to have your child’s academic performance evaluated by a professional with a master’s degree in special education and many years of experience in the elementary

You will find out…

  • Is my child at risk in reading?
  • Is my child at grade level in reading comprehension?
  • Is my child’s writing good enough?
  • Is my child behind in math?
  • Are there any suggestions to help my child succeed in school?

Find out your child’s present levels of academic performance and take away the uncertainty, the guilt, and the guesswork.

Call 661-255-2223 and get the answers you haven’t been getting from your child at the dinner table! Help is only a phone call away!

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FOCUS! This seems to be a huge challenge for many of us. With the countless distractions around us (electronic gadgets, children, significant others, co-workers, environment etc…) we definitely find ourselves struggling to focus, or do even the simplest tasks, without getting distracted. I am fortunate enough, and been tremendously blessed, to have four children which allowed me (or should I say, forced me) to train my brain to disregard junk and to pick up on what is important while desperately trying to focus on the task at hand.

So, having children that are fairly close in age, I was in survival mode for many, many, many years! I had to figure out a way to not end up missing milestones, grown up conversations, and important details, while simultaneously attending to hurt knees and the real and the “not so real” tears.

Training my brain to do multiple tasks at the same exact moment was the goal. Allowing myself to pick up on important key notes beyond my world of to do list was the agenda. It took a lot of trial and error to learn this art, and trust me when I say that, I still have those off days when I just pick up on certain words and completely misconstrue the context and turn it into a discussion or an unwanted argument, but my track record has been getting better, and I think it is safe to say that I have “somewhat” mastered the art of ignoring the bad and taking in the good.

As human beings, we HAVE the ABILITY to actually train our brain. There is no exact science on how to do this, or at least not that I know of, but I have discovered that knowing your capacity, and who you are, will help you determine the best way to know how your brain responds to certain situations.

All I really know, is that our brain is capable of being trained to do exactly what we need it to do. So, c’mon amazing human beings, train that beautiful brain of yours and finish the task at hand, but don’t miss out on the little things that might just turn into unforgettable memories.

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Lou Bautista
Director SCV Tutors~CARE Learning Academy

Who are we and what makes us UNIQUE?

We are really, truly NOT like any other learning center, after school program, tutoring center, or school…AND Our Summer C.A.R.E. Academy is nothing like any other camp, or program, anywhere!

We are so proud of our center and would love to share how we are different!

First, every child learns in a different way and requires their own special focus, therefore all of our programs are personalized for each, individual student and every family’s budget. We are a family, and every child is very special to us.  We love to see them grow and learn…Many of our past students come and visit, volunteer, or even work for us when they get older!

From a parent who came in for the very first time: “I am so happy I found you! I called several other after school programs…some were rude, others were just all about the money, and most weren’t accommodating at all! I chose you because you were so nice on the phone and you actually asked me about my daughter and how she was doing in school. I can tell that you genuinely care about your students and you were very accommodating to our needs.” I am so excited for her to start right away!”

We invite you to set up a free evaluation and take a tour of our learning center. Our door is always open and we LOVE new ideas, feedback, and suggestions on how we can be even better!

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Why Can’t You FOCUS??!!!

addkittensby Sue A Cowling

I have never been formally diagnosed, but I’m pretty positive I have A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder), and most likely A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder).  I saw a really funny, and very informative,  show on PBS called ‘ADD and Loving It’  and the followup, ‘A.D.D. and Mastering It’. Great information on Adult A.D.H.D. and how it really is a ‘Real’ thing!  I highly recommend watching it if you, your child, spouse, or anyone you know has (or think they have) it!

People who have known me for awhile know that if they want me to tell me something, they better get my attention and make sure I’m focused on what they’re saying, or I’ll never remember.  Writing it down is even better.  I can focus on a project, and I mean really focus!  Well, as long as I’m not interrupted, or a bird flies by the window, or I notice a funny spot on the wall, or…, well,  then I’m pretty much on to something else, totally forgetting about what I was doing.  I saw a t-shirt once that said:  ‘Some people think I have ADD. but I…Oh look!  A Chicken!’  That’s me…chasing chickens, and my friends make sure I know when I’m doing just that!

People who don’t know me well just think I’m unorganized, and some have a difficult time being around me…especially those crazy O.C.D. friends…And they aren’t allowed in my house or office! (Wayyyy too messy for them)  But I know exactly where everything is!  (Um, where did I put my keys???)

I had a very hard time focusing in school, especially in lecture type classes, so didn’t always get perfect grades (shhhh!  Don’t tell my students that!).  I’m also pretty sure I have Auditory Processing Disorder.  I can remember things that are written down…very visual learner, but tell me verbally, and it often goes in one ear and out the other!

I really wish that these issues would have been diagnosed when I was a child.  Maybe with that knowledge, and help in learning how to deal with those issues, it would have made learning a lot easier for me.   Having the opportunity to  try a medication to help me focus may have helped me cope better, too.  I know, I know, this is a big ‘no-no’ to many people, but watch that show (ADD and Loving It) and you will see that A.D.D. medications have come a long way.  Those meds are safer than ordinary aspirin!  Giving your child the gift of the ability to better focus and learn, could be the greatest gift you could give him/her (and yourself!).

Sometimes kids (and adults) who have focusing issues, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., just need someone to understand and help.  Most people who don’t have these issues get very frustrated with those who do.  They lose their temper, say something that makes them feel stupid, or feel like a failure, and then end up giving up on them.  We know it’s hard, but think about how ‘we’ feel!   It’s hard work to stay focused, to stay organized, to talk and write in complete sentences!

As Kermit the Frog says, “It’s not easy being green”, or to have any ‘disorder’, but everybody has something they struggle with.  It’s normal to be…well, NOT normal!

Sue Brooke

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Innovations in Education


Even though we think there is nothing new that is POSITIVE under the Sun, a couple  of young educators just proved us all wrong. Read the following:

Teachers Erin Whalen and Kari Croft Win $10 Million Prize to Start School for Homeless and Foster Youth

Sometimes we forget the underserved population of Foster Care Youth. We often don’t even know who they are as they sit next to our children in our sometimes overpopulated classrooms. There are many services that exist for these children. Often “unearthing” these services takes  educated persistence and dogged determination. Life is Transition, trauma and change often for very  extended seasons in these children’s lives.

Let’s all congratulate  Whalen and Croft on their innovative, prize winning scrutiny and service proposal for this Growing community of young learners.

A. Burroughs


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Don’t forget to change your clocks. Spring Break is right around the corner and then…Summer is here. CARE Learning Academy is ready for you. Get Spring Camp FREE! when you enroll NOW for Summer Camp before March 31st

Academics in the morning, Fun and Field trips in the afternoons. Your child will bridge the Summer learning gaps and leap ahead for next Fall with our Common Core compatible  program.



By Sue A. Cowling

It’s that time again! Parents and kids are ready to start the year off with good intentions of doing their best, getting good grades, and never fighting about HOMEWORK!

After a few weeks, progress reports come out and panic sets in! Now what? New grade level, new, higher expectations, faster pace…OK, take a deep breath…let’s figure this out…

DON’T WAIT TO GET HELP! The biggest mistake parents make is waiting until their child is already behind and trying to catch up. Know what’s required and make your kids responsible for knowing when assignments are due and when their next test will be held. Writing everything down in their assignment books is key to staying organized!

How can you make those dreaded Spelling Tests important, and make sure they remember how to spell those words later? When writing Spelling sentences, be sure they include a lot of describing words, and for the younger kids, they should have at least the same number of words as their age (8 years old, at least 8 words!).

Parents, we know it’s been a long time since you had to multi
ply fractions, or work out an algebraic equation, and those awful story problems…oh no! Again…deep breath! Math is a subject that usually gets easier when students can get a little extra individual time with an experienced tutor, just to show them that it’s really not that hard. Oh, and then have your kids come home and teach YOU! It will make them feel great, they’ll tend to remember it forever, and…bonus!…You’ll learn something, too!

Book Reports, School projects…every parent’s nightmare! You feel like you’re going back to school, right? When the assignment is given, set goals to accomplish certain sections by a certain date. You can actually make it fun while learning new things together, reading stories, researching topics and experimenting with your creativity.

Still need help? C.A.R.E. Learning Academy~ SCV Tutors has the answer! We’ll pick up your child from school and take care of everything! By the time you pick them up, homework and projects will be done, tests will be studied for, and they’ll receive individualized tutoring and extra enrichment! Sound good? Now go home, have a nice, family dinner, talk, laugh, and enjoy your time together!

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1 Invest in a summer program that includes academic review and preparation.CAREPICS350

2 Take nature walks to explore, discover and collect specimens of leaves, pinecones, bugs, rocks, shells, etc. This can help develop curiosity, a foundation for science.

3 Review basic math facts with flash cards or games.

4 Review and practice language art skills such as phonics, sight words, rhyming, and spelling, using flash cards or games. This is a great foundation for good readers.

5 Create a summer reading list or join the library’s summer reading program.

6 Conduct science experiments at home with science kits or household items.

7 Find a volunteer activity and accompany your child. Host a Lemonade Stand, take clothing to a donation center, pack lunches for a homeless shelter, donate food to a food bank. These help kids learn about community.

8 Bake with your child, allowing him or her to measure ingredients to learn basic fractions.

9 Play box, board, or card games that call for strategy to strengthen logic and critical thinking skills. Consider some of these: checkers, chess, Yahtzee, math wars, etc.

10 Build puzzles together.


Summer CARE Academy offers core academics that are fun and interactive to prepare campers for the next school year.
We offer specialized enrichment groups each day including entrepreneurship, public speaking, art, science and so much more!
We offer local and area distance field trips to enhance the weekly camp theme.
We perform community service for our local community as well as for national organizations, like Ronald McDonald House, weekly.
We help campers see that they belong to many communities and we actively teach character building skills essential to community living.
Our leaders and teachers are adult professionals, skilled at imparting knowledge to young people.
Our adult teacher/student ratio is approximately 6:1. We know each camper by name and we keep them close to staff at all times.


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Summer…What makes 2015 Different in California?

It’s May 2015…

The phone at CARE Learning Academy has been ringing off the hook.


Parents are finding us because they are searching for Summer Academic programs and Summer Academic camps.


What makes this year (2015) different from previous years?

Parents are saying that there are plenty of camps that offer a lot of playtime, field trips to theme parks, and lots of ‘fun’ activities. They are having a difficult time finding camps and programs that will give their child the opportunity to keep up with their academics so they are more prepared for the upcoming school year. It’s even more difficult to find programs that offer a variety of academic and fun, enrichment activities.

Parents are claiming that they have ‘had it’ with Common Core.  Their children have struggled through this school year, especially the older students who did not start out with it in Kindergarten. It’s been a rough year and they know that they have to give their kids the extra practice over the summer to help them catch up, keep up, and get ahead.

We’re not saying, one way or another, if Common Core is good or bad.  We just know what we see on a day to day basis. Stressed out parents, stressed out kids, and difficult homework. We are focusing our summer on making learning FUN and giving our students a well-rounded experience… Character building, Academics, Reaching out and Giving Back to the community, and unique Enrichment activities, will do just that.

We are tired of seeing stressed out kids…it’s time to have FUN learning!

Summer CARE Academy 2015…June 15-August-14.


Standardized Tests

As a teacher, tutor, and educational business owner, I’ve always preached to parents to never push their kids to do well on Standardized tests. One story I tell parents is about one of my most amazing students. Carl was in 2nd grade and (in my opinion) a genius.  He was a very smart and articulate 8 year old, a great writer, and excelled at everything he did.  I remember a speech he did about how an elbow worked. He had made visual aides to share and I couldn’t grade him high enough!

Soon after, it was time for the state standardized testing, which his scores were also to be a determination for him to get into the GATE (Gifted and Talented) program. The days before the test he was not himself.  He began feeling ill and was visually stressed.  I soon discovered that his parents were pushing him to practice and study for the test, and constantly talking about how important it was for him to score above grade level.

As you can imagine,the first day of the test, he was very sick.  Of course, his parents forced him to push through, without complaining.  The poor child was in tears.  He obviously scored very poorly and did not get accepted into the the gifted program, even though he was the perfect candidate.

Unfortunately, this happens often.  Not long ago I had another student, an adorable little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl, who was only 4 years old. Carly was reading at a 2nd grade level and was amazingly gifted.  Her father was exceptionally gifted, graduating from college at age 14.  He told me how difficult it was for him growing up and did not want his daughter to go through the same thing. Sadly, her mother did not feel the same way.  She pushed Carly hard, hiring tutors to spend hours with her over the weekends (again, her daughter was only 4 years old!). Once she started Kindergarten, her mother continued to stress out over simple weekly Math and Spelling tests, even though Carly was well above grade level. Slowly, her daughter, one of the happiest little girls I’ve ever met, began losing her love for life, lost her smile, and lost her love for learning.

Testing is a necessary vehicle for determining a students retention of knowledge, but if we want accurate results, we need to look at each child individually. Teaching study skills and test-taking strategies, and making sure students feel comfortable asking questions, will help reduce stress. If your child gets overly nervous and stressed about a test, you should definitely let them know that you expect them to do their best, but that you don’t expect perfection.

Some children (and adults) are great test takers, some will never be. Some of the most successful people in the world got poor grades and low test scores in school, but they excelled in other ways.


IMG_20131101_104006_319 (648x991)Sue Brooke Cowling

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