When I look back over the past 24 months, all I can say is, ‘Thank You Cara.’ We retained Cara to help my grandson to become a better student. I made the mistake of thinking, ‘I’m hiring Cara to help our grandson get better grades.’ Boy, was I wrong!!! Cara takes a holistic approach to children. While grades are important, Cara wanted to improve our grandson’s self-esteem, and his attitude toward school, life, parents and, yes, grandparents. Cara insisted on making sure all levels of communication in my grandson’s life were working properly. That meant making sure all family members were involved in a healthy, supportive way. While we always thought my grandson was the best, Cara has helped mold his life into the person we all dream of calling Son or Grandson. – David Malcolm, grandparent of 14-year-old
The Day Prep writing clinic Sienna attended this summer has paid off in spades. Her teacher is impressed with how Sienna structures her writing. It’s just fantastic this year for her. She has a newfound confidence. – Heather Steer, mother of two, ages 8 and 10
The Choice Chart has created a peaceful environment in our home with less yelling and less lecturing. The time in the penalty definitely calms our kids down, and they are ready to join the family in a positive way. – Kristin, mother of two, ages 8 and 10
Jackson: “Do you know what math’s full name is?”
Miss Day: “No … what is it?”
Jackson: “Mathematics.” – Jackson, age 7
My family started working with Cara in 2012. She came highly recommended by my two close friends. We hired her because we were having problems with my eldest son’s ability to sit and do work independently, slowly and correctly. We saw Jackson’s reading and comprehension improve almost immediately. We also saw Miss Day giving him the tools to work independently. She now works with all three of my children, and she also works with me! Giving me fast and simple tools to help my kids not only with their schoolwork, but with behavior issues that arrive with young children. I honestly don’t know where we would be without Cara. She came at a time when we felt helpless. I now know that we can jump over any hurdle with her help and the tools we have learned. – Marjaneh, La Jolla, mother of 3
My child did not like school or his teacher. Now his confidence is high and he knows he can do it. Although our initial issues have been resolved, it has been 3 years and we still see Cara. It’s just part of what we do. – Lee Barnett, mother of 5th grader
And when I get to the end of the sentence, I do a peramint! – Kianna, age 4
As a school administrator, it is sometimes difficult to get my staff or parent groups to listen, even when the information is important. When Cara speaks, you can hear a pin drop! Her presentations are dynamic and full of great information — motivating parents to action. Cara presented a 5-week workshop series, 3 hours each week. About 54 people attended the first workshop. By the last class, 75 or so were coming — fathers, grandparents. It was wonderful. – Elementary Principal
As a mother of five children who already know how to read, I was reluctant to commit to a workshop series about reading and writing. I was surprised when the first 3-hour class ended and I felt like it had just started! I have learned so much. I already told my child’s first grade teacher that I think every parent should attend Cara’s workshops. – Clark Family
It is an understatement to say that Cara Day has changed my family’s life. In the first grade, my son was diagnosed with severe ADHD and an auditory processing disorder. From 1st thru 3rd grade, I paid for every possible tutoring to try to help him. In 4th grade, my son was struggling more than ever and he was failing several classes. My son was once a happy and social child, but not anymore. He started avoiding his friends, kept to himself and talked about hating school. Within weeks of working with Cara, my son was back to being the happy, engaged kid I knew. He started hanging out with his friends at school and was immediately doing better in school. Miss Day taught him techniques on how to study for his tests, organization of his work, and many other tools that allowed him to be successful. Eight months later, he is thriving and doing better than ever! He was being left to fall through the cracks, almost written off as not capable. Miss Day is about holding him to an incredibly high standard and showing him how to reach it. He feels good about himself. – Tracey Turgeon, mother of two, grades 5 and 3
My 11th grade son, Ricky, transferred to a new school last spring with only six weeks remaining in the school year. He quickly found out the curriculum was far more advanced than what he was studying at his former school. Ricky is a good student, very independent and typically able to self-tutor himself when faced with challenging material. However, the new school was so far ahead in curriculum in four courses: math, physics, chemistry, and Spanish and Ricky acknowledged he needed help. I made a search of various tutoring companies and had the good fortune to find Day Prep. This company was the only one I could find that had a teacher who could teach all four subjects. Other companies wanted to send several teachers which would be less than ideal for us for a variety of reasons.
Christian was successful working with Ricky for several reasons. Christian was very well versed in all four subject matters and his communication style was very effective. He able to explain complex material in a short amount of time, all the while keeping a positive “you can do this” vibe. Ricky found Christian engaging and knowledgeable; in turn, he trusted Christian’s guidance. He even helped Ricky get all the materials for and construct a full-size working catapult for an advanced physics project. I am happy to report Ricky finished his junior year with excellent results. Thank you, Christian and Cara, for all you did to help my son achieve his academic goals. – Mayling Naputi, San Diego, mother of 3
Colin has been working with my two boys (ages 5 and 7) for approximately four months. We have seen phenomenal growth in our second grader, particularly in his math abilities most recently. When we started, he could scarcely add 3 + 2, and just this morning, he was sharing his new tools with me for solving more difficult problems in his head. Prior to working with Colin, Malcolm was having to count by ones, usually with beads, to solve math. He had zero confidence and a great deal of frustration with math, and now he tells me it is his favorite subject at school, which is quite surprising as he is still a bit behind many of his classmates. That said, the confidence boost has been wonderful to witness, and I only expect his performance to continue on this upward trajectory.
Additionally, Malcolm has leapt from a level 5 (kindergarten) to a level 17/18 (second grade) in just three months. Day Prep’s methods and materials make the difference. Lastly, at the beginning of our tutoring, Malcolm was barely willing to even write one word in his journal, and his handwriting was quite terrible. Now, he is usually writing at least one full sentence (with punctuation and capitalization, even!) in his journal. I am so proud of him, and we couldn’t be more pleased with his progress under Colin’s tutelage.
Oliver (age 5) only works with Colin for 10-15 minutes per session, mainly because he wants “tutor time,” also. That said, you’ll laugh to learn that he likes to hang out on the stairs when Malcolm is working with Colin, probably absorbing much of what Malcolm is being taught. It’s really cute and funny. I like knowing we have Colin in our back pocket for Oliver in the future, should he have challenges with learning and school like his big brother. He really enjoys his time with Colin, and always feels proud of his achievements, particularly in reading where he loves to share his leveled book with us after finishing it with Colin.
We are quite happy to have crossed paths with both you, Cara, as well as Colin. Cara told me this summer that “with competence comes confidence,” and that is absolutely the case with Malcolm. Thank you both so much! – Stephanie Gilbert, Seattle, mother of 2
My son was 5. His kindergarten school year started out well even though he did not begin the year reading. The teacher seemed happy with his progress and I was thrilled with how much he seemed to be learning. His report card reflected this positive beginning. Without warning, his teacher stated at our parent-teacher conference at the end of the year, your son “needs intensive tutoring”. “He’s just not getting it,” she said. My husband and I were blindsided. Kindergarten was too early for a child to be struggling. Did he have a learning disability? Was he dyslexic? We had our son evaluated by a very reputable, independent, learning center. Their recommendation was tutoring four hours a day, five days a week through the summer. I knew our son needed help, but 20 hours a week for 12 weeks? For a kindergartner? I didn’t know where to turn. Cara came highly recommended and suggested 30 minute sessions, three times per week, to achieve the desired result. Her standard is to have the child read at least two years above grade level, no matter what grade they are in. My husband and I decided to send our son to Cara. She met with him two or three times per week during the summer. Each time my son went to Cara he was greeted warmly at her beautiful center and she made him feel welcome. Cara was always so patient and positive. She equipped our son with skills to read and he progressed very rapidly. When it was time to leave, he had a smile on his face as he chose a prize from the treasure box. We read Cara’s recommended books and did what she asked us to do at home, even though she said it was ok if we didn’t have time. I saw progress within a few weeks. After three months, Cara and I had a parent meeting to discuss my son’s progress. When she showed me where he started and where he was in just 3 months, I cried. I was so relieved. My son was a confident reader in the first grade and enjoys reading today, in 5th grade. How amazing with the right teacher, tools and approach! I am forever grateful to Cara! – Calli B., mother of two, grades 5 and 7
The Malcolm Family first started working with Cara Day in 2011 to provide services for our son, Zach. Cara came highly recommended and was brought in to assist Zach with his studies during the critical period of his junior and senior year of high school. At the time, Zach was struggling in school. He was frustrated with his academic performance and his difficulty in learning course materials. Cara methodically assessed Zach’s academic needs and skill level over a wide spectrum of academic measures. She then designed a personalized plan specifically for Zach. Once implemented, both my wife, Nicole and I, were very pleased and gratified to see immediate and continuous improvement in Zach’s academic performance as well as his work habits, attitude, accountability and overall confidence.
Based upon her success with Zach, it wasn’t long before Cara and her daughter Mackenzie were working with our other two children, Athena and Tatum. Both of our girls were at varying levels of ability and had different needs, but a specific plan was put in place for each of our girls.
As a result of the work with Cara and Mackenzie, we have seen the academic level of performance significantly rise for all of our children. We saw a significant improvement in attitude in our two children who had been somewhat less than enthusiastic about school. After two years of tutoring, Zach completed high school and was accepted by multiple colleges. He is now is his first year of a four year CSU school. Our daughter, Athena, was accepted into Francis Parker High School and our youngest daughter plans on applying to Francis Parker for the 2015 school year. We came to realize that the personalized and targeted teaching programs created and designed by Cara Day have benefits for children of all skills and learning levels.
Nicole and I are both extremely grateful for the kind, attentive, and professional manner in which Cara and Mackenzie have assisted our children. Cara and Mackenzie are truly gifted at what they do and it is obvious they love and have a passion for their work. They have formed a bond with our children that goes well beyond their weekly sessions. It is evident that they really care about Zach, Athena, and Tatum and that fact, along with their exceptional and systematic approach to teaching, is what has made the extraordinary difference for our children. – Dan Malcolm, father of 3
Daniel is doing a terrific job tutoring Donovan. Daniel makes sure all of Donovan’s important work gets done first. When Donovan has a test, Daniel not only prepares him for it, but is teaching him the skills to learn to prepare himself independently. Grades closed today and Donovan made honors, so we are very happy. – Mary Ghazal
Annelise is great! She has a fantastic attitude, is so kind and thoughtful. I had been praying for someone exactly like her and was so blessed to have found her so quickly. – Jennifer Cumming
The children always look forward to their sessions with Mackenzie. Most children would complain about tutoring, but not with Mackenzie! She’s always so sweet and calm and loving. And she makes them feel really smart because of how she challenges them, and then patiently guides the way through it. Such a joy to have in our home. – Marjaneh Miller, mother of 3, ages 10, 7, and 5
Where to begin? At the beginning. Starting school in the fall for Gabriel was not something he looked forward to–that is, at least until we were blessed with the introduction to Cara Day. We had known Cara for many years and had no idea she would be the one to give him the confidence and enthusiasm for learning which Gabriel desperately needed. Cara was highly recommended by another family member whose three children she had also worked with. Our relative couldn’t say enough about the positive changes in the oldest son and his attitude towards school and himself. Cara was able to do the same and much more for our family. Not only was she able to guide Gabriel by establishing boundaries and discipline for him, both with school and family life, she also showed him how to use kindness and positive affirmations with himself and others. She was always available to have conversations, meetings, and to provide helpful guidance counseling to his parents and us, his grandparents, for Gabriel’s best interest. Her organizational skills have helped Gabriel to prioritize his school work, skills which can be used throughout his life . A new level of confidence and pride was given to Gabriel through the guidance of Cara Day. We will be forever grateful. We look forward to his future in high school and college and know that Cara will always be with us for help and guidance. – With gratitude, Annie Malcolm, grandparent of 15-year-old grandson
My daughter was struggling in math for a few years and her confidence was suffering. We tried private tutoring and a math enrichment center, but, while she enjoyed those options, we still found her to be falling behind in math and not progressing. We spent the majority of last school year doing testing through the school and district. She doesn’t qualify for services, but definitely needs help and was far behind grade level. This is when I contacted Cara. We started working with Cara and Christian Kraft of her team and feel very grateful to have found them. We’ve seen our daughter make a significant amount of progress that we feel she would not have made in school, even with services. Her confidence is growing and the strategies they use with her are both academic and therapeutic. Now, Marsi Walker of Cara’s team is working with both our son and daughter as well. One comment I’ve heard many times while working with Cara and her team is that “we never give up on a child.” The amount of patience and perseverance we have seen from them is exactly what we wanted. The quality of support we are getting for child is absolutely top notch. No matter how good a school is, this level of service often cannot be found in that setting. – Kristin, mom of children ages 8 and 10
My family started using the Choice Chart over a year ago. The Choice Chart gives the kids an understanding that even as children they have “a job” in our family, which is to be a cooperative member of it. The adults are counting on them, and the kids, and pets, are counting on the adults. Each night my would put their sticker on the chart depending on whether they had made supportive choices throughout the day. The kids now know the choice is theirs and they know what to expect if they make a choice that doesn’t support our family. And, it worked immediately. We celebrate monthly with a dinner at home for recognition of their choices.
Cara also suggested that my two children, then ages 7 and 8, create a family crest with specific words and themes that supported the environment we wanted on our home. We chose words like Trust, Kindness, and Knowledge, and Fun. The foundation of the image was a large tree. Together, the Choice Chart and Family Crest work well to support better behavior and to empower each of us in our home. – Steve B., father of 2
We loved the Happy Kids class. You’re a fantastic communicator and your way will go far. – James, dad of two
Loved the class. I’m fascinated and want to learn more. Please let me know of upcoming workshops. – Nichole, mom of four