At Harmony in Life, which the Toledo City Paper named Toledo's Best Yoga Studio in 2010, certified yoga instructor Tammy Warren guides bodies through gentle yoga, a calming Vinyasa flow class. Within a tranquil studio bedecked in twinkling light strands, Tammy emphasizes breath control and body alignment to combat stress and ensure symmetrical snow angels. Tammy also varies each joint-soothing posture to accommodate diverse levels of pliability. Gentle yoga classes aim to improve posture, enhance strength, and increase concentration for a productive day of teaching parakeets to swear. Peruse the full yoga schedule here.
Getting a good education can help students accomplish even more than beating a week's worth of Jeopardy! contestants from their living-room couch. Though that's a noble goal, the tutors at Great Lakes Educational Group want their students to achieve their career and life goals, and they believe the classroom is where many of those dreams take root. Whatever subject vexes a student—from multiplication tables to research writing to SAT and ACT prep—there's an instructor who can help. Additionally, tutoring groups never exceed three children, giving each participant ample attention and the chance to ask all their questions. For year-round learning, Great Lakes offers summer camps with themes such as rocket science, test-taking skills, and writing to ensure kids' minds stay fresh over the summer.
Aim4A's mission is encoded in its name: armed with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience, its tutors help their students acquire skills and concepts, improve them through practice, and measure their progress, all for academic excellence. In systematically structured group and private sessions, kids can either catch up to their peers by finally mastering skills they've missed or jump ahead of the class with new concepts. Whether helping students get through third grade, ace the ACT, or earn their GED, instructors can conduct virtually all courses on a one-on-one basis via Skype, ideal for those intimidated by groups or cursed to turn anything they touch to gold.
Typically, summer school is a last resort for failing students. At Summer Course Enrichment, however, small groups of proactive pupils jump-start their minds a few weeks before the start of the upcoming school year. With a variety of subjects available, including biology, Spanish, chemistry, and geometry, students can rigorously prepare for the classes they will encounter in September, which helps them thoroughly understand the material when they see it again. While not credit bearing—freeing students from the pressure of their GPA and the competition to get the sparkliest "Good Job!" sticker—the academic-enrichment classes cover grade-specific materials taught by experienced Michigan-certified teachers.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the Ontario-certified teachers of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centres design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the Ontario-certified teacher works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills and exemplary test scores.