The kids began getting tutored in January (Andrielis) and February (the boys). Since then, Andrielis has gone for 2 hours a week and the boys for 1. These classes have been amazing. Since they are done by an American, the quality is great and I am able to get frequent updates on their learning. That said, recently the family approached me and told me they think it would be beneficial to switch to an actual tutoring school, so that it would be every day and the kids could catch up more quickly, now that they are in the private school and are a bit behind their peers. Although I myself would have preferred to keep them where they were, as I liked the updates and really being able to understand how they were doing, as much as possible I want them to be making their own decisions, rather than having me dictate to them, as they know what is best in their own lives. Thus, a new chapter is beginning as they switch to tutoring schools.
For the past month, the boys have been tutored by a man named Pablo. They go for 2 hours monday-friday and sit in a class of about 30 kids. They are taught in all subjects. They love the structure of it and love that it is every day, so they are getting more time in the classroom. I have spoken with Juan, one of the other teachers at the school who works with the boys along with Pablo (the director) and Juan confirmed that they are doing well, but that their biggest struggle is reading and writing- basic literacy.
Beginning today, October 24, Andrielis will be switching to Impact English School (crossing my fingers her first class this afternoon goes well!). This is 4 days a week for 1 hour, and focuses solely on english. It is much less expensive than what I pay now for her tutoring, so I will be able to put some money away each month for her tuition next year. For her, she stressed that it is important to be in a classroom with other kids, so she can have someone to practice her english with.