If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share feelings, and grow.
From The Founder
At Tools In The Shed Tutoring every child, regardless of ability, is allowed to experience the feeling of success, the feeling of working hard to solve a problem, and coming out on the other side with a solution! The cornerstone of Tools In The Shed Tutoring's philosophy is that every child has the potential to learn and to question; every child has the capability to learn. All lessons and activities are designed following this core belief and Tools In The Shed can't wait to learn and grow with your child!!!
About Tools In The Shed
Tools In The Shed Tutoring follows the key principles and beliefs of the Responsive Classroom, an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. The belief that it isn't so important WHAT is learned, but rather HOW it is being learned is carried through every lesson. Every session with Tools In The Shed Tutoring is custom-tailored to the academic and emotional development of the child; no two students are seen as being in the same place at the same time.
Rachel S. Stein
Rachel, a learning specialist for over six years, received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. After spending a year abroad, Rachel moved to New York City where she received her masters degree in Curriculum & Teaching, Elementary Education, from Columbia University Teachers College. Following Columbia, Rachel pursued a teaching certification from CUNY Hunter College in Special Education, Learning Disabilities. Rachel holds a permanent teaching certification from the State of New York, Grades K-6. Currently Rachel teaches at Beth El Congregation of Montgomery County three times a week, tutors multiple students, from elementary to high school, and finds great pleasure in organizing and creating a process for complicated tasks.
Options For The 2020-2021 School Year
In Addition To Regular Sessions
Time Management Focus
Two 30 minute sessions a week
This focus provides your child with the skills to plan out his or her week in an orderly fashion. Utilizing many organizing tips and techniques we will work together to ensure your child attends all sessions and completes all assignments.
Digging Deeper Focus
Two 45 minute sessions a week
This focus will allow your child to literally dig deeper into a topic of interest. We will either work on something being studied "in" school or choose a topic of our own. Together we will work on creating a guiding question and a plan to answer it. This focus works on organizing thoughts and summarizing findings in a well thought out written piece.
30 Minute Session
A session of 30 minutes allows us work on homework assignments and begin to address some areas of weakness. This purchase includes one support email.
45 Minute Session
A session of 45 minutes allows us to not only work on homework assignments, but also to begin setting up routines and habits allowing for academic success. This purchase includes two support emails.
60 Minute Session
A session of 60 minutes allows us to not only work on homework assignments, set up routines and habits regarding successful performance, and also prepare for future assignments. This purchase includes unlimited support emails.
For Students In 9th Through 12th Grades
Profiles In Courage Essay Contest
Together we will research, plan, and execute a well written essay profiling an American that demonstrates/demonstrated courage in the face of adversity.
In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.
The Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2020. The contest deadline is January 15, 2021.
From a 4th Grade Parent
Our son, a reluctant reader and writer, has gained tools and confidence since working with Rachel. She is very flexible and positive when working with him. As a parent, Rachel is very responsive to my areas of concern and provides effective feedback so I can get a sense of how he is doing. We have really been impressed with the work Rachel has done with our son.
From a 3rd Grade Parent
My son always enjoys his time with Rachel – and the results are really paying off. We’re very happy with the support she’s providing.
From a 10th Grade Parent
Rachel is an outstanding tutor - extremely dedicated, knowledgeable and makes my son feel totally at ease. She is a rock star!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My child has an IEP. Do you work with children who have special needs?
A: Absolutely!!! Tools In The Shed Tutoring was founded especially to work with those children who struggle academically, whether this stems from a learning disability or social or emotional disabilities, we customize our lessons to reach EVERY child regardless the level.
Q: My child is so tired after school, making homework a battle everyday. How will you get my child to work for 30, 45, or 60 additional minutes?
A: It is Tools In The Shed Tutoring's belief that school work DOES NOT need to be seen as a hardship. By presenting the lessons in ways that spark interest within your child, the homework battle is all but over. Tools In Shed Tutoring approaches each student keeping both the academic and the social/emotional in mind.
Q: My son was just given an eight week, in-class, assignment. Can you work with him during that time?
A: With advanced planning it is very likely that we will be able to work with your son during the school day. Of course we would need both you and the school to approve this before finalizing plans.
Q: There is a huge disconnect between what the teacher says and what my child hears. How will you help my child make up the missing work and stay on top of future work?
A: We believe that teachers and tutors work best when they are synchronized. With your permission we will reach out to your child's teacher(s) and have on-going conversations with them. We will work with your child to keep track of current, and future assignments, using multiple points of information.
Tips & Tricks
Come here to find out interesting ideas and suggestions
Social Distancing Challenges: Tips to Help Kids at School
Social distancing at school will be hard for many kids. But for kids who learn and think differently, following those rules may be even more difficult. Here are some reasons why, plus tips for helping.
Strategies for Supporting Learning at Home
Child Mind Institute
During the coronavirus crisis, parents and other caregivers have suddenly become responsible for managing their children’s education at home. With everyone at home together and teachers facing new challenges too, promoting learning can feel impossible. Follow this link for helpful tips for multiple ages.
School Refusal: What It Means When Kids Won’t Do Schoolwork
By Amanda Morin
Distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic has been stressful for many kids. When kids get stressed or are struggling, it’s common for them to say they’re not going to do their schoolwork. Find out what it means and if it will pass when the crisis does here.
How To Talk To Kids About Coronovirus
Three Areas of Executive Functioning
When Kids Refuse To Go To School
by, Rachel Busman, PsyD, ABPP
Everyone resists going to school once in a while, but school refusal behavior is an extreme pattern of avoiding school that causes real problems for a child. To read the full article follow this link.
Children That Play Outside In All Weather Grow Up Resilient
By Andrew McMartin
Imagine children that have grown up playing outside in all manner of challenging conditions, in all seasons of the year. Imagine how they’d be different than kids taught to come inside when it’s raining, or cold. Imagine how they’d be different from kids that find entertainment from the TV, computer or video games. Read the full article here.
Accepted? Waitlisted? Denied? How To Navigate Any College Admission Decision
Why Children May Act Different At Home and At School
By, Beth Arky
5 Things To Know About Parenting A Child With Executive Functioning Issues
By, Michelle Gianetti
How To Make The Most Of Winter Break
By, Kasey Short
Theater & Drama Can Boost Performance
By Natasha Kirkham
The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development out of Berkbeck University London has found that exposing children to live theater are more able to deal with the complexities of the world we live in. Read the full report here.
How To Help Teens Get Organized
By The Understood Team
When teens are disorganized school can become increasingly overwhelming and stressful. Check out this article to learn more about how to help your child organize their school day. Read the full article here.
Check out these two backpack organizer checklists to help make sure everything that is needed makes its way to school.
Tips For Beating Test Anxiety
By Rachel Ehmke
For some students testing can be very anxiety producing. Check out this article to find out a little bit about the "why" and a little bit about the "how" to lessen the feelings of anxiety. Read the full article here.
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