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.
Just one mile from the airport, The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Dulles Airport provides travelers with a sound night's sleep and easy access to and from the airport. Sixty regular rooms and 22 suites fill the three-story structure, each with a slew of amenities, including coffee makers, morning newspaper delivery, and flat-screen televisions, which long ago replaced in-room marionette performances. A free continental breakfast greets guests each morning, and the complimentary shuttle runs laps between the parking lot and the airport from 4:30 a.m. to midnight every day.
Golden Boot Soccer helms its training camps with astute, talented coaches pulled from the ranks of ex-DC United players and other teams around the world. Kids can acquire the fine art of foot-fueled accuracy with the Art of Scoring camp's techniques and drills. During Goalkeeper camp, active coaches run drills that teach young defenders how to clutch and throw the ball out of the box, always placing an emphasis on protecting the goal and maintaining the ultimate goal—protecting the president. The Mini Kickers camp takes a stride towards toddler stardom by presenting fundamental and sporty concepts such as soccer rules, good sportsmanship, and teamwork in a noncompetitive, exploratory environment.
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital turn grainy 3"x5" photos and dented VHS tapes into dependable digital files that fill the future with the pleasant retrospections and introspections of a warm and wonderful past. With $100 worth of services, you can digitize roughly 200 photos, 170 negatives, 145 slides, seven 3’’ 8mm film reels, or five videocassettes; mix any of the memory mediums of ScanDigital services (click here to see all the formats). The digitization process includes photo color correction and cleaning and prepping film to ensure the highest possible transfer quality. Go online and fill out a form that generates a shipping label, then mail the materials. After about a week, you get back the original copies along with their new, high-quality clones on DVD.
Jiu-jitsu master Pedro Sauer, a native of Rio de Janiero, has spent nearly his entire life honing his craft. He began training at age 5, learning boxing, judo, and taekwondo. At 15, his friend Rickson Gracie approached him with the suggestion that he train in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu—and Pedro's bond with the Gracie family was formed. In the early 1990s, he moved to live and train with Rickson and the Gracie brothers under grand master Helio Gracie. Through diligence, discipline, and skill, he worked his way up to become an eighth-degree black belt in jiu-jitsu—a title held by only a few in the country.
Today, Pedro passes on his knowledge as the founder and head instructor at Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy. Inside this 4,000-square-foot training facility, he and his team of certified trainers helm a range of martial-arts programs for youth and adults. Master Pedro personally coaches others in the skills of Brazilian and Gracie jiu-jitsu, techniques that blend standing and ground-based grappling moves with a focus on leverage and teaching one's opponent to sympathize with pretzels. Black belt Krav Maga instructor Brad Burnette trains students in a style of striking and grappling techniques devised by the Israeli Armed Forces. Additionally, khru Bryan Mossey helps students hone body control and striking prowess in Muay Thai boxing and the Filipino martial-arts styles of Kali and Silat.
With its large windows, high ceilings, and 6,200 square feet of frolicking space, Healthy Hound Playground strives to convince pups that they're always outdoors. The facility's play areas are divided into three cage-free sections where dogs of similar size, activity level, and political leanings can mingle together. Humans enrich their play during daycare sessions with one-on-one activities such as Frisbee fetch or a 2-mile run. At night, pooches can hunker down on elevated cots inside private Canine Cottages. All of them get tucked in beneath cozy fleece blankets, but various boarding packages boast different amenities, from cuddle time to email updates for pet owners.