• Nichole LaGrow

Refreshed Direction

We started Sonrise Tutoring a little over a year ago to share our collective experience with others. As parents and educators we saw a need to support students who survived the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Our K-12 colleagues worked tirelessly to pivot quickly to remote learning as schools closed their physical doors and created online classrooms. But we noticed a significant deficit in what our children accomplished in the last three months.

Our launch, in Summer 2020, was in great part a response to support our own children as they brushed up the foundational skills necessary for academic success. And as with any new venture, we learned a lot from our first summer. Our learning continued as we returned to the classroom this past fall.

As the 2020-2021 school year began we took on the task of volunteering to support remote learners at a local Christian elementary school. Although the school was able to meet in person, there were several students who could not return in person. The time and attention required to support these students diverted our attention from Sonrise Tutoring. But it also granted us time to reflect on how best to support learning for younger minds in an online environment.

It also granted us time to prayerfully refresh our mission with Sonrise Tutoring.

So here we are, not even a year old, and we are refining our vision. But I am hopeful that you will find value in our new direction.

For now, we are going to focus our efforts on building and strengthening our reading and writing curriculum. We found it increasingly troubling that the children we met over the past few months are resistant to read and refuse to write. The online learning environment has only taken joy away from expression in the written word. But it doesn't have to.

Over the next few months, we plan to begin changing the way technology intersects with reading and writing for our upper elementary and middle grade learners.

  • We'd love for you to join us as we begin to unlock our imagination with Read Alongs. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for a daily reading from a chapter book, short story, or poem.

  • Participate in the monthly writing challenges revealed in our Facebook Page by posting your child's progress and sharing their creations.

  • Visit our Blog on Mondays to learn more about our programs. We'll also share reading and writing strategies and book reviews of to share with your young learner.

Today is just the beginning and each day holds new promise to make a positive impact through our work.

Let your light shine,


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