SpiderSmart Learning Center of Frederick has the Cure for those Summer Slide or Kindergarten Readiness Blues

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SpiderSmart Learning Center of Frederick offers tutoring, academic enrichment, and early learning services for a wide variety of skills and subjects.

Our teachers build upon strengths, help overcome weaknesses, and, above all, instill a sense of intellectual independence in students." Jamie Ekatomatis, Director

11% of kindergarteners in Frederick County enter school not fully ready. School-age children lose, on average, about two months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer. Researchers at Duke University, among others, have found that summer learning programs -- whether they be for remediation, enrichment, or acceleration -- can have a significant positive impact on preventing this "summer slide." If you are wrestling with the puzzle: What do I do with my kids this summer? or Will my little one be ready for the increasing demands of kindergarten?, you're not alone. Most parents no doubt consider sports camps, swim team, and many other active pursuits to keep their children's bodies fit over the summer. But, what about their brains? How do we keep those engaged and active through the lazy days of summer?

NOW OPEN in New Market Commons at 11670 Old National Pike …SpiderSmart Learning Center of Frederick offers tutoring, academic enrichment, and early learning services for a wide variety of skills and subjects. It joins nine local Centers in the metro area that have helped thousands reach their academic potential since 1989. Programs include:

  • Kindergarten Readiness (ages 3 – 5)
  • Reading/Writing/Vocabulary (all levels)
  • Basic Math through Calculus
  • Chemistry/Physics/Biology (high school and college levels)
  • History & Current Events
  • World Languages
  • Test Prep (SAT/ACT/AP)
  • Summer Workshops
  • And more!

“At SpiderSmart, teachers go beyond tutoring," says Jamie Ekatomatis, Director. “Our teachers build upon strengths, help overcome weaknesses, and, above all, instill a sense of intellectual independence in students. With an emphasis on planning, organization, and critical thinking, SpiderSmart teachers guide students to discover the inspiration that will spark their education. Nowhere else will students get this kind of individual attention from teachers.” SpiderSmart works one-on-one with students to turn their struggles into strengths, or guide them in working beyond their school curriculum to take full advantage of their talents and curiosity. The Early Learning curriculum helps young children, ages 3 – 5 to prepare for Kindergarten with an approach that is aligned to the new Maryland Prekindergarten standards and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. SpiderSmart Learning Center of Frederick is led by Jamie Ekatomatis. Jamie brings a wealth of personal academic excellence, as well as a proven track record of management in educational settings that began when she founded an academic summer day camp at UPenn while an undergraduate there. It is still going strong over 15 years later! The Lead Teacher for SpiderSmart Learning Center of Frederick, Tony Ekatomatis, is a 14-year veteran teacher of both public and private schools in the greater Washington, D.C. region. Tony He holds a Maryland Educator Advanced Professional Certificate with the Highly Qualified designation for Chemistry, Physics, and Biology for grades 7-12. Jamie and Tony are personally committed to education and invested in ensuring the academic success of students in the southeastern Frederick County region, starting with their son Ian, a first grader at Deer Crossing Elementary.

Throughout the months of July and August SpiderSmart of Frederick will offer its traditional tutoring and test prep programs for school-age through college-level students, as well as twice-a-week workshops for students ages 3 - 13 to ensure that each student finishes the summer ahead. Early Learning/Kindergarten Readiness classes for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds will be offered in the mornings on Tues./Thurs. or Wed./Fri. Afternoon classes may be available upon request. For school-age children in grades 1 - 8, there will be afternoon summer workshops to help keep up their skills in Reading & Writing and Math, as well as allow them to explore topics such as: Current Events, Creative Writing, Robotics, Chemistry, and more! Contact: 301.882.4092 or SpiderSmartFrederick(at)gmail(dot)com for more information or to register today!

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