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Learning Logistics

You don’t have to pull an all-nighter to get the best resources for your child’s educational needs—we’ve done the work for you.

Classroom Support

A Little Help From Your Friends … Errr Tutors

Hey, parents can’t be expected to know everything, so call in the pros to help your student with homework—at home, no less.
Crown Tutoring, Dallas area. 800/985-7585; www.crowntutoring.com
Mayday Tutoring, Dallas area. 903/433-1063; www.maydaytutoring.com
StudyPoint Tutoring, Dallas area. 877/883-9764; www.studypoint.com

Umm, What Does That Spell?
Change your child’s chicken-scratch into legible print or cursive with handwriting lessons.
The Handwriting Clinic, 1506 Capital Ave., Suite 150, Plano. 972/633-1974;
Lana Stripling, MA, LPC, Developmental Motor-Handwriting Program, 4133 Allencrest Lane, Dallas. 214/215-5321; www.lanastripling.com

Let’s Get Digital
Help your child get his geek on with specialized computer classes.
Einstein Kidz, Frisco. 469/252-4521; www.einsteinkidz.com
High Tech Kids, various locations. 214/696-5437; www.htku.com
Royal Kids, various locations. 972/898-8482; www.royalkids.net

Does That Schoolhouse Rock?
Make sure the school is worth the wait with advice from these education consultants.
Rich Educational Consulting, Dallas area. 972/816-3100; www.richeducationalconsulting.com
Academic Adventures, Dallas area. 972/702-9133; www.academicadventures.org
Ian Rule, Dallas area. 214/363-3550; www.ianrule.com

Stir Up a Little Academic Know-how

Hands-on learning pays off (with tasty treats!) at these cooking schools.
Central Market Kids Cooking Classes, 320 Coit Road, Plano. 469/241-8300; www.centralmarket.com
Kids Cooking Company, 6025 Royal Lane, Dallas. 214/265-9949; www.kidscookingcompany.com
Market Street (The Dish Cooking School), 6100 W. Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney. 972/548-5140; www.marketstreetunited.com
Young Chefs Academy, Frisco (9350 Pasadena Drive, 972/335-4449); McKinney (2107 W. Eldorado Pkwy., 972/439-9029); Plano (4021 Preston Road, 972/473-9090). www.youngchefsacademy.com

Flex Entrepreneurial Muscles
Support your budding entrepreneur’s cause by buying a box (or two!) or get your daughter involved in a local Girl Scout troop.
Girl Scouts of North East Texas, Dallas area. 800/442-2260; www.gsnetx.org

Education Emergencies
At Your (Carpool) Service!
If you need help shuttling your little ones around, turn to these shuttle services (24-hour reservations are recommended but not required).
Frisco Kids Shuttle, Frisco area. 214/705-8555; www.friscokidsshuttle.com
I Go Student Shuttle, Dallas area. 214/537-4870; www.igostudentshuttle.com
Kid Express Shuttle, Richardson area. 972/705-9777; www.kidexpressshuttle.com
Student’s Only Shuttle, Plano area. 214/725-2022; www.studentsonlyshuttle.com

Mags & Books & Supplies, Oh My!
Where are all those old mags when you need them! (We have “half” a clue.) These bookstores offer affordable options for emergency project supplies.
Half Price Books, visit www.halfpricebooks.com/find_a_store for a full list of the 11 Dallas-area locations. 214/379-8000
Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista Drive, Dallas. 214/827-4860; www.luckydogbooks.com

A Little Book Worm Told Me …
Do alliteration and assonance leave you scratching your head? Ask an expert behind the children’s desk at a local library to help with your child’s book report (for free!).
Dallas Public Libraries, see a list of branches at www.dallaslibrary.org; 214/670-1400
Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Drive, Allen. 214/509-4906; www.allenlibrary.org
Frisco Public Library, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972/292-5669; www.friscolibrary.com
McKinney Public Library, 1010 E. Hunt St. and 6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney. 972/547-7323 and 972/547-7323; www.mckinneytexas.org
Plano Public Libraries, see a list of branches at www.plano.gov/departments/libraries; 972/941-7175.
Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson. 972/744-4350; www.cor.net/Library

Gear It Up
Pint-Sized Laptop
The Dell Mini Netbook will help your child get plugged in to schoolwork without being weighed down (it tips the scale—barely­—at just 2.5 pounds!).
Starting at $299 at electronics stores (Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target) or online for individualized ordering (www.dell.com)

Steak Your Claim
Personalize your child’s lunch bag with these playful paper sacks made by locally owned company Bee Things.
$15 for 10. Order online at www.etsy.com/shop/beethings

(Ultra) Cool Crayons
This set of 24 crayons—square, clunky and colorful!—will brighten your child’s arts and crafts projects with its color pallet based upon Goethe’s 12-part color circle.
$60 at Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214/521-0100; www.dwr.com