538 Main Street
Milford, Ohio

(513) 831-3298
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Frank Ladrigan, Owner

      The Lamplighter Educational Resource Center is a private center which makes available supplementary human and material resources to facilitate learning. The services include academic tutoring, correction, remediation, and enrichment. The materials include books, learning aids, games, puzzles, and educational toys, all available in the Lamplighter store. An educator is available to answer any questions or to confer with parents or teachers. The fee for individual one-on-one instruction for grades 1 through 6 is $30.00 per hour, and for grades 7 though 12 and beyond it is $33.00 per hour. The rates for PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation are $33.00 per instructional hour.

      During the school year, the Lamplighter is open on a regular basis Monday through Thursday from 1:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. (8:00 arrangement). Both the instructional center and the store are open. Fridays, the Lamplighter is open from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Saturdays, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., or by appointment. We are closed on Sundays.
      During the summer, the Lamplighter opens at 11:00 A.M. Monday through Thursday and on Saturday, or by appointment. On Friday it opens at 1:00 P.M. Call for summer hours to be sure.


Ready for a New School Year

Vivian Franz, Ph.D.

It's time for school to begin again. If you and your child want a good year, now is the time to plan. You need to know the expectations of the new teacher (or teachers) and the requirements of the new grade.

Most teachers make transitions easy. They send home course outlines and homework guidelines for the elementary students. Older students receive syllabi with due dates and assignments. Students are responsible for knowing when papers are to be finshed or when tests will be given. Student plan books are the first step to organization. Be sure your child has one and uses it wisely.

Begin by knowing the teacher's grading system. How much credit for tests, for homework, for outside projects, for class discussion? Does the teacher collect homework and assign a grade? What are the standards for grading outside projects? Are parents allowed to help, and, if so, are the projects graded? Perhaps the grade is based on in-class summaries or presentations.

How often are tests: weekly, monthly, or at the end of the unit? Is there review in class, or are students themselves totally responsible for review? Do some tests count more than others? For example, do unit tests carry more weight than the sum of daily quizzes? How do class discussion and effort enter into the overall grade on the report card?

If you don't know the answer to these questions, ask, so that you can do your part as a parent. Keep an on-going file of corrected papers and communications from school. If you have a question, call. Find out when you can talk with the teacher. Keep your conversation short, friendly, and to the point. Teachers have many students, many contacts, and they are busy.

Finally, one of he most important contributions parents can make is to provide a reasonably stable schedule at home throughout the school year. No matter how busy you are, find a way to build in stability. Allow only so much time for sports, extra-curricular activities, television, or friends. As often as possible, plan family sit-down meals. Comforting routines at home provide the loving reassurance children need to begin a successful year at school.

Kindergarten Readiness / Reading, Writing, Math - All Levels
Social Studies
1. College Entrance (PSAT, SAT, ACT...)
2. High School Entrance (Private, Parochial)

Books and Educational Materials
Home Schoolers Welcome


Dear Parents and High School Students:

The Lamplighter is interested in students serious about their desire to learn. Frequent late cancellations and/or "no-shows" break the continuity of our work, hinder learning, and cost us greatly. We are able to operate on a pay-as-you-go basis because we have the cooperation of our parents and students. Even if you pay the ten dollar fee for a late cancellation or "no-show," we still lose a sizable amount of money, and students on our waiting list have been denied the opportunity to come -- because of the absence of sufficient time to notify.

We ask that parents of high school students who drive themselves to the Lamplighter monitor the individual student's attendance and pay by check, not cash. These precautions will help us greatly and enable us to remain inexpensive and flexible in meeting your needs.

Thank you very much.

Vivian Franz, Consultant

*Retirees and Others Interested in Volunteering:*
      Has life been good to you in some ways? Are you now at that stage where you would like to "give back"? Do you have special expertise and experience that would be helpful to others? The Lamplighter is looking for individuals willing to teach adults or to lead discussions on topics of potential interest to adults--either to individuals or to small groups.
      Would you enjoy participating for the sheer enjoyment of being involved with others? If so, please e-mail your resume or send a letter with pertinent information to Dr. Franz. She will contact you to explore the possibilities.

If you have any questions about the Lamplighter Educational Resource Center, please feel free to send us some e-mail. In addition, if you click on this icon from any of the other pages, the page name will appear in the e-mail's subject field so we will know what you have questions about.

Dr. Franz recommends these books, all of which are normally stocked at the Lamplighter.:

  1. To Read or Not to Read by Daphne M. Hurford. Paperback.
    Copyright 1998. ISBN 0-684-85541-0. Excellent book on dyslexia.
    Written for parents or teachers. This book is a must.

  2. Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D. with Vickie Stolz, R.N.
    ISBN 0452266556. This book was written years ago, but is still an important book. It applies largely to elementary school years.

  3. Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers by James T. Webb, Ph.D., Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, M.S., and Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A.
    Copyright 1994. ISBN 0-91707-00-6.

  4. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.
    Copyright 1999. ISBN 03930-5927-8. The subtitle is "A Guide to Classical Education at Home," and while this is primarily intended for homeschooling families, it is valuable for any parents who assist in their children's education. At present it is available only in hardcover, so parents may wish to check their local libraries.

For more help, try the Clermont Country Library.

Residents of Milford: Do you like to read? Do you love mysteries? You should visit the Milford Public Library at 19 Water Street. On the menu are mysteries and Books on Tape. The library is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Check us out!

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