The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Over the years, Nicole LeBlanc's Catholic roots grew into a deep sense of spirituality, so much so that she left her corporate medical-sales job on a mission of self-discovery, pursuing a career in healing. Today, she's dedicated to helping others find their true self in mind, body, and spirit. In the comfort of the Spiral Healings studio, guests can request a one-on-one Angel-Card intuitive psychic reading, a Reiki crystal session, or chakra clearing and balancing to unblock energy channels, or Law of Attraction coaching to help unlock their potential.
Photographer Scott Sylvia has been capturing the precious moments of area babies, children, students, pets and families since 1995. Your one-hour portrait session ($99) will be an exercise in heavenly lighting encased in a soft outer shell of friendly service, as Scott works with you closely to camera-craft portraits deserving of prime real estate on the mantle, in the foyer or projected onto the surface of the moon. Though it takes a trained photographer to focus a camera or a baby's attention, it takes a masterful one to accomplish both at once; Scott specializes in child and family photos, as well as capturing the playful personality of fresh-faced youth in high school senior shoots. At the end of your modeling stint, Scott will arrange the session's most esteemed snapshots into a DVD video montage ($129) that can be shared in person or online to increase Grandma's family-bragging clout. The personalized DVD montage will contain at least 15 images and be approximately one minute long.
Drawing creative inspiration from hobbies that include crafting and cooking, photographer Jennifer Owens specializes in capturing spur-of-the-moment images of engaged couples, families, and newborns. She also shares her expertise in classes that introduce beginners to concepts such as adjusting ISO settings on a digital camera or using the right shutter speed for moving subjects. Owens is equally comfortable in outdoor settings, and can demonstrate how to take advantage of the magical "golden hour," the time around dawn or dusk when the sun adds warmth to portraits and turns photographers’ photos of raw pizza dough into fully baked pizzas.
Jeffrey Hall will never toss a wrapper out the car window again. That?s because he knows that every piece of trash strewing the highway?s meridian attracts mice. And mice attract hungry hawks, who can?t always dodge oncoming trucks. Not everyone is so aware of the potential far-reaching implications of a single fast-food wrapper, but the Audubon Society director learned such lessons long ago, seeing first-hand the victims of those circumstances in injured hawks and falcons on just such a rescue.
Now, Jeffrey hopes to spark a similar awareness in his fellow Rhode Islanders. ?When people learn about plants and animals, they appreciate them. And once they appreciate them, they want to save them,? says Mr. Hall. As no one in Rhode Island lives more than 20 minutes from an Audubon Society wildlife refuge, he's certain they can find ample opportunities to do so. In addition to conserving land for hikes and staring contest with owls, the Society boasts an Environmental Education Center, which hosts events, programs, and interactive exhibits year-round. For the Audubon Society to thrive, Jeffrey knows the organization's programs must inspire young stewards. ?They?ll grow up to be the voters who want to protect this land,? he says. That's why, among the many programs guests can partake in, the society also offers birthday parties and kid-friendly classes.