CLEVELAND, Ohio- Online learning is no easy feat, especially when it’s forced upon you unexpectedly.
What You Need To Know
- Momentuum Tutoring in Cleveland is hosting a virtual summer enrichment camp free to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and $25 per session for anyone else
- The camp aims to give tools to students and parents to help them engage with online learning easier and make it fun
- The camp will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, and begins on Tuesday--- July 14th
- To sign up you can call Momentuum tutoring at 216-403-0120 or contact Kathi Howard-Primes through her website
“Trying to get familiar with the format that they were sending the work home, so it was difficult to navigate through that and once we figured that out then just challenges with fulling the day or stretching the day out to make it assimilate to a normal school day,” said Denise Ross, mother of elementary student, Rayven Ross.
Denise Ross and her daughter, Rayven, who will enter 5th grade this fall, are among the parents and students adapting to virtual learning platforms as a result of COVID-19.
“Sometimes when I’m working with my parents I get frustrated because they learn a different way when they were in school and so they teach me that way then I go to school and that's not that way to do it and I have to reprocess the way that my teacher has taught me,” said Rayven.
That challenge, facing families all over the nation in the wake of the pandemic, is what prompted Kathi Howard Primes to come up with a solution to help local students. As the founder of Momentuum tutoring in Cleveland, and having worked in education for over 20 years, Kathi has created a free virtual summer enrichment camp for students who attend school in the Greater Cleveland area.
“We want to definitely just start preparing them now, how to go online, how to keep them engaged, how to allow them to get up and move around,” said Howard-Primes, CEO and founder of Momentuum Tutoring.
Howard-Primes said the Momentuum Virtual Camp Enrichment curriculum is aligned with the state of Ohio standards. The camp is free to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan school district, and only $25 per session for anyone else.
“We’re gonna keep the classrooms very small. And you know, the goal is to put them in different, you know, like in the little breakout rooms so that the little people or the K-1 are together, as well as our high school students are together,” Howard-Primes said.
She said online learning can appear dull to some, and she wants to help change that mindset.
With the help of a grant from MyCom and NeighborUp, two organizations whose missions surround building up community, she is able to supply all participants with the books and materials needed to successfully engage in the camp.
Although Governor Mike DeWine has plans for students to go back in the fall, Howard-Primes said she wants to be ahead of the game and teach students, and parents the tools to successfully learn online, just in case.
“We have to adjust and, you know, our priorities and our platforms or educational platforms is obvious,” said Howard-Primes. “They have changed and we have to keep going. We have to continue to persevere...I think we all should become lifelong learners, and to understand, I always say the nice thing about providing supplemental work is that it always can be fun. Learning can be fun.”
“I hope me and everyone else who joins this camp has a fun time and learns lots of things and impress their new teacher,” said Rayven.
The camp will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, and begins on Tuesday--- July 14th. To sign up you can call Momentuum tutoring at 216-403-0120 or contact Kathi Howard-Primes through her website