The Tutoring Club specializes in custom one-on-one tutoring sessions to enhance academic subjects, college prep, and study skills for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The skill assessment diagnoses each student's challenges and assesses his or her current knowledge before charting a brave new path toward wisdom. Over the course of the tutoring sessions, instructors focus and build on students' existing strengths to shore up knowledge and intellectual resourcefulness, closing academic gaps faster than front doors on vacuum salesmen.
At Blazed & Bedazzled, customers paint their own pottery, choosing from a menagerie of prepotted ceramics to colorfully adorn. Wielding a brush at the translucent glass tabletops, guests can decorate a jumbo mug ($16) or a business-card holder ($15) with a fancily plated name or pictures of fax machines. A personalized switch-plate cover ($17) basks rooms in a one-of-a-kind glow. Gussy up a curvy bowl ($13) and apply a grimacing self-portrait to a cupcake box ($22) to keep desserts safe from the sticky fingers of pastry thieves. A piggy bank ($13) makes an attractive shell for artistic expression, in which the painter may stow away pennies or a recursive series of increasingly tiny pigs. A friendly staff is always on paint-flecked hand to guide customers and demonstrate effective painting techniques.
Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student’s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.
A PADI 5-star instructor-development center, Atlantis Outfitters offers the highest quality of support, equipment, and training for scuba divers during its four-hour Discover Scuba Diving class. The shop’s skilled staff of veteran divers will begin with a short academic session and demonstration before securely strapping their aquatic apprentices into fins, a mask, and a snorkel. Once you plunge into the safe, typically shark-free confines of a local indoor pool, you’ll practice techniques for exploring a watery world of fish that got away, singing whales, cartoon octopi playing rib bones like marimbas, and glacier sweat. The diving class can also be applied toward your diver’s certification; speak with your instructor if you’re interested in mastering the art of scuba.
Premier Flight Academy's team of certified flight instructors guide students through lessons in their FFA-approved simulator and a fleet of Diamond planes. Commencing the one-hour simulator session, students climb aboard an authentic flight-deck simulator equipped with dual controls, full-motion video, and fully-trained flight attendants to emulate an array of single- or twin-engine aircraft models. Students learn the controls, including a Garmin GPS, as they virtually practice approaching unfamiliar airfields and responding to scenarios such as flying with failed equipment. Simulators also create real-time weather conditions for cross-country flights, and enable guests to practice managing their crew in the event of interference from virtual hot-air balloon launches. Budding pilots begin their 1.5-hour flight training with a brief simulator run and an instruction session, followed by a journey in an actual plane. Instructors brief their protégés on aeronautical facts and theory, such as dynamics of flight, aerial safety, plane controls, and sudden changes in gravity, during ground training. After the ground training, student and instructor pairs strap into a United States Military training-approved Diamond plane, whose large canopies, slow flight speed, and easy handling allow for a safe hands-on experience. Guided by KLX135A or Garmin GPS systems and their instructors' knowledge, pupils take the controls and soar like eagles wearing jet packs over the countryside for 30 minutes of flight time.
Math Monkey will not only help your child reach his or her math goals, but will also show the youngin' how to greatly expand on those goals with the skillful application of exponents. The talented teachers at Math Monkey focus lessons on more than just number crunching, incorporating fun exercises to help students develop their problem-solving, logic, and memorization skills. Because Math Monkey understands that all students learn differently, class sizes are kept small to ensure individualized attention. Whether your child is struggling with current school curriculum or bored and eager to take on new challenges, today's side deal will spice up his or her times-table feast, making learning savory again. Call ahead to schedule classes.
Craft Akron is devoted to providing space and education for local lovers of all things handmade and crafty, and its stitch series and sewing series give aspiring seamsters and seamstresses 12 different classes from which to choose. Take an intro to machine sewing course ($35, two hours) and finally discover that the classic household contraption has other applications than Kafkaesque torture and taking up space on the dining room table. If you're already familiar with a sewing machine, you can take it a step closer to self-awareness with an intermediate machine course ($45, three hours) and gain the confidence needed to create a garment composed entirely of buttonholes. A hand embroidery course ($35 plus a $5 pattern fee, two hours) cuts down on rages against machines by teaching students how to manually gussy and garnish with gusto.