We are so thankful for Cara and Mackenzie, and Day Prep, as they have partnered with us to help navigate the transitional teen years by providing support and coaching to our family and our daughter. Simply priceless!
The Choice Chart has created a peaceful environment in our home with less yelling and less lecturing. The time in the “check-in” definitely calms our kids down by giving them a chance to reflect in their vision book, and they are ready to join the family in a positive way.
My child did not like school or his teacher. Now his confidence is high and he knows he can do it. He has friends and is pleasant to be with at home. Although our initial issues have been resolved, it has been 3 years and he still works with Cara. It’s just part of what we do.
As parents of five children who were doing well in school and at home, we were reluctant to commit to a parenting workshop series. 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.
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 then 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. Day Prep provides both the social and emotional, as well as the academic component. Within weeks of working with Cara for coaching and a Day Prep tutor for his academics, 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. He was taught 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. Day Prep is about holding him to an excellent high standard and showing him how to reach it. He feels good about himself.
Where to begin? At the beginning. Starting school in the fall for Gabriel was not something he typically looked forward to. That is, until we were blessed with the introduction to Cara Day. We had known Cara for many years, but did not know she was in private practice and could be the one to give the confidence and enthusiasm for learning which Gabriel desperately needed. Cara was highly recommended by our cousin, Dan Malcolm. She had been working with his son, Zachary, and he couldn’t say enough about the positive changes in Zachary and his attitude towards school and himself. Cara has been able to do the same and much more for our family. Not only has she guided Gabriel to self-discipline, but also to us helped him to use skills to regulate his emotions and choices. She challenges him and gives him actual tools he can use at a difficult moment. She is always available to have conversations, meetings and provide helpful counseling for Gabriel’s best interest. Her ability to effectively teach organizational skills has helped Gabriel to prioritize the school work which will be used throughout his life. A new level of confidence and pride has been 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.
I was told after a parent conference that my first grader had ADD and potentially dyslexia. I immediately went into overdrive as a parent and believed every word the teacher left me with. As soon as I got in touch with Mackenzie Day of Day Prep I felt a support and compassion that was truly second to none. Mackenzie came to our house and worked with Athena. After a review of her natural skills and knowledge of reading and language, a tailored program was created and so professionally delivered so that she could thrive. Throughout their short three months together, 4 to 5 days per week, I watched my child blossom into a confident and less-anxious child. Before Mackenzie’s support came into play, she would not and could not challenge herself and was not able to push through discomfort. Now my daughter is at the top of her class–a status which, for my husband and I, is not important–however her social/emotional acumen is soaring because she now has the freedom to explore language and learning in any way she sees fit.
What you do is so important. The method you do it matters. My son Is doing so well. I value what you offer. You take care of each of us special. Thank you.
Jackson: “Do you know what math’s full name is?”
Miss Day: “No … what is it?”
My family started working with Day Prep in 2012. They came highly recommended by my two close friends. We hired Day Prep 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 him begin to work independently. Their teacher now works with all three of my children, and Cara works with me! Giving me fast and simple tools to help my kids 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.
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 children would put their sticker on the chart depending on whether they had made supporting choices throughout the day. The kids know the choice is theirs and they know what to expect now if they make a choice that doesn’t support our family. And, we celebrate with the Choice Chart monthly dinner at home so we can recognize their choices.
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’s team came highly recommended tutoring 60 minutes, twice a week, was suggested to achieve the desired result. Their standard is to have the child read at least two years above grade level, no matter what grade they are in. They explained how the standards for reading are for every child in the state, so you want your child well above that minimum standard. My husband and I decided to send our son to Day Prep. They met with him twice a week during the summer. Each time my son went, he was greeted warmly at the beautiful center and was made to feel welcome. His teacher 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 the recommended books and did what we were asked to do at home, even though we were told it was ok if we didn’t have time. I saw progress within a few weeks. After three months, we had a parent meeting to discuss my son’s progress. When I saw (and heard!) 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 Day Prep!
Update: Also, my older daughter was accepted to two of the most prestigious private schools in the area. Thank you, Day Prep, for all your efforts with the test, essay, and interview preparation!