Loving to Learn
Feature Profile: The Kuthari Family
The Kutharis moved from Somerset to Short Hills when twins Saachi and Aaru were in first grade. In Somerset, they attended private school, but in Short Hills, due to their age, they were required to enroll in kindergarten. “I knew immediately that school wouldn’t be enough of a challenge,” says their mother, Mrs. Kuthari. Both with backgrounds as engineers, Mrs. Kuthari is a portfolio manager in New York City; her husband, Mr. Kuthari, has a consulting company. Knowing they were new to the area, a friend recommended them to Priddy Learning Academy.
Six months into the Priddy math and reading program, Mrs. Kuthari noticed the girls were more organized, focused and responsible for their work. Their reading comprehension had also improved; the topics in the Priddy reading program gave the girls a boost in general knowledge.
Now in 5th grade, Saachi and Aaru are ahead of what they learn in school. “Their math is at a level similar to what I learned in India at that age,” says Mrs. Kuthari. The girls are doing pre-algebra. They are confident, make excellent grades, and keep each other striving. They finish their assignments on time and help each other stay on track.
Both girls love to read. Sometimes they finish a book in one day. They also compete in swimming, play soccer, and, recently, started archery. They like to compete with each other, inspiring each other to learn.
Aaru’s confidence has shown particularly in swimming. “At one of her events,” recalls Mrs. Kuthari, “Aaru approached me before she swam and said, ‘I’m going to get the silver time.’ The confidence in her was amazing.” Aaru got the silver time.
Saachi loves to analyze books. She isn’t afraid to pose questions and lead a discussion at home or in school. “They’re good in academics because of what they do at Priddy,” says Mrs. Kuthari.
Starting early is an invaluable benefit to the student’s overall progress. It builds confidence, which ignites the love of learning. No matter the challenge, the student can trust in a honed ability to create solutions.
As a family, The Kutharis like to travel. This past year, they visited Spain and learned about its culture and history. Both girls are advanced swimmers and love swimming in the ocean. They like to read together and have enjoyed Mom and Daughter book clubs. Mr. Kuthari also plays an active role in the girls’ education. “We keep the communication channel open,” says Mrs. Kuthari. “We make time for quality time.”
Sometimes, Saachi and Aaru go to work with Mrs. Kuthari. This past summer, Saachi and Aaru attended a Stock Market Game camp. For one week, they worked in teams to create portfolios; the portfolio that produced the best return won. “According to them,” says Mrs. Kuthari, “it was the best summer camp they’ve ever been to.”
Carly Susser is the Communications Assistant and Writing Coach at Priddy Learning Academy. To share your Priddy story, e-mail email@example.com