As the eldest of three girls, I recall being assigned by my mother to teach my younger siblings how to read and write in preparation for school. Yes, you read it right: before they start school.
There is this funny notion (from where I came from) that kids must know how to read and write basic basic syllables in our native language & in English prior to entering kindergarten. The intense pressure and competition is palpable when it comes to schooling. And since my mother was working long hours, to feed the family, I was tasked to make sure my two sisters will not be put to shame on their first day of school.
It was frustrating tutoring them with their short attention spans but eventually I managed to, much to the satisfaction of my mother. It was an unpleasant experience for me that I was so not looking forward to going through it again with my own daughter. Luckily, the environment here in Australia is way different - there's less pressure to learn right away how to read or write and teachers are more forgiving. What a happy moment it was when Anya came home one day able to read her 12 Golden words.
I though I was out of the woods. Turns out I was just given a short reprieve.
Since that first year in school, Anya required some help on occassion with her spelling or maths, science projects, essays etc. And as I have no excuse not to, I had to wear my private tutor hat once again. But because the teaching methods vary from what I know, there are many times when I fail and just get Anya more confuse. Very frustrating that sometimes I wish I can outsource this task to say, Hewlett private tutors. Or to my youngest sister, who is across the seas and works part time as a tutor to the neighborhood kids.
Speaking of private tutors, have you ever availed the service of one for yourself or for your child? What was the experience like? I've read about tutorspree (which is in the US) and am aware of similar local portals but is yet to meet anyone who actually availed of these sites. Any good recommendations?