Our family considers Ms. Anu Jain, founder of Kids With An Edge, a godsend for our 6th grader! She is not only talented in teaching and getting through to stubborn pre-teens, she is also a positive and encouraging role model for our daughter. Ms. Jain is patient, organized, reliable, kind, and fun. My daughter has always struggled with academics, and we have tried Kumon, Firefly Tutoring, and other private tutoring since kindergarten. It is not until we finally met Ms. Jain that her performance has improved and she feels confident in math. What strikes me most about Ms. Jain is her genuine concern to help her students truly succeed. She has vast experience with children of all ages and capacities. She turns even the most emotional, stormy, uncooperative, pre-teen into a willing and eager learner in minutes, with her sincere and caring personality and her gentle but assertive teaching style. She is a perfect match for our daughter and we are grateful everyday to have found her! Ms. Jain has a special gift of teaching and she is using her gift to change lives. I intend to have Ms. Jain as support for my daughter even through high school and university!
I cannot begin to describe how happy we are that we found Anu Jain, or Ms. Anu as we call her at our house!
“My wife and I have had concerns about our daughters reading skill. Her teachers at school kept advising us that she was not reading at grade level and would likely finish the year behind. As parents, we first freaked out for a bit while we looked at all options, even private school. One day, while looking for solutions, I came across Kids with an Edge.
“We met with Anu and immediately knew we were in the right place. Anu is caring, compassionate, prepared, and above all highly qualified. She truly is a master of her craft and in just on month our daughter has gone from being unable to read a book alone, to begging to read by herself every night at bedtime. Now, our daughter is not just able to read, but is loving it too.
“Finding Anu has been a saving grace, and if your kid needs help, I would emphatically suggest meeting Anu before making a commitment to a corporate tutoring company, of which there are several in the area!
My 7th grade son was interested in advancing his coding skills and experience, and after a significant amount of research settled on a Python I class with Kids With An Edge. I can’t convey how happy both he and I were with the experience! Kids With An Edge focused on small class sizes (there were only a total of 3 students in my son’s class) and an instructor that ensured that the students truly understood not just programming concepts, but also practical application of those concepts, before moving on. Each student in the class was able to receive individualized attention, which is something that is just not possible with the extremely large class sizes in the after school program run onsite at my son’s school by another (and in our estimation inferior) provider. To top it all off, Anu is extremely flexible and accommodating concerning input into potential class days and times. We are hoping to get enough students together to establish a Python II class at Kids With An Edge soon, because the alternatives just don’t provide the value for the money that we now expect to receive. Thank you, Anu!
Our experience with Anu highlights her superb teaching skills. My two children have had a little bit of other tutoring experience, but Anu is the only tutor they have had where they both wanted to go back. My son was very excited about working with her after his first session and came back delighted to show us what he learned. My daughter has had a great experience in the Early Edge program and her learning has been exponential. I would highly recommend Anu for academic tutoring/enrichment.
I am ever grateful to Ms. Anu of Kids With an Edge. She has a gift working with kids and my daughter adores and looks up to her. Ms. Anu is kind and patient and an excellent teacher/tutor. My daughter works with Ms. Anu in Math and Ms. Anu has a way of making all the sessions a fun and an enjoyable experience for the kids and it’s been the most pleasant experience we’ve had in my daughter’s education. My daughter feels excited about Math and loves seeing Ms. Anu each week. As a parent, I’m grateful for the time Ms. Anu spends updating the parents about progress and particular skills they are working on. I couldn’t be more thankful to Ms. Anu. She is truly wonderful!
Our 5-yo twins have been doing reading tutoring with Anu for the last 2 months and we are so impressed with their progress! I was floored when at the end of their second class, they both read a mini book to me, correctly sounding out all the words. I had never seen them do anything like that bzefore. While they both showed signs of reading readiness and knew most of their letters, I had done no actual “teaching” of reading to them myself, we just read a lot of books together and I could tell they had a strong interest in learning more. They have now read several little books, each one getting progressively more difficult. The biggest sign of success for us is that these normally shy girls seem very empowered by the experience – they have been telling everyone that they are learning how to read and are really proud of themselves. They also adore Anu and constantly ask when the next reading class is. We’re hoping the confidence boost they are getting from this tutoring experience will help ease the big Kindergarten transition coming in September. Thank you, Anu!
Katy’s Christmas Card Update to Step 1 Kindergarten Math Class: “Thank you for all the amazing support you’ve given our daughters over the last several months. They adore coming to your classes and we love watching their progress.”
Vivek: “We tell everyone about you. We know it can really help their kids.”
“Over the past year, I’ve tried to teach my daughter to read using various methods including the popular “Teach your child to read in 100 days” and the numerous phonics methods out in the market. She also attends preschool twice a week and knows all her letters. We are a reading family, have plenty of books and do bedtime story every night. Yet despite our best efforts, our daughter was still unable to read on her own. Given she is entering Kindergarten this fall, I wanted to make sure she was able to read before she started so I enrolled her into the reading class at Kids with an edge 4 weeks ago. I was impressed when after just 4 lessons over 2 weeks, my daughter came home to start reading on her own. And this time it’s no longer “reading” based on pictures and guessing, but actually sounding out the words and reading them. It’s only been a month and she’s definitely reading consistently and accurately. Now I am sure she will be ready for Kindergarten and is able to start the school year feeling confident about herself and being able to follow the lessons in class. Thank you Anu for helping her to unlock her reading potential.”
“My rising 8th grader has spent the last 2 years struggling with math to the point he thinks it is just not something he will ever be able to learn. After his first day at Kids with an Edge however, he came home beaming with pride about how easy math really could be to learn – with the right teacher. I have been nothing short of impressed with Anu’s style, patience and ability to teach content and turn around my child’s confidence in himself. He started 8th grade today and is very excited about showing off his newfound skills in math class.”
Email follow-up: “We were at Salmon Bay’s Curriculum Night last night and spoke with [my son’s] math teacher as well as some of the support team there, both of whom said his change-to-positive-perspective on math has been really noticeable this year. I mentioned how your tutoring support has been fundamental to that shift and suggested they add Kids with an Edge to their list of referrals for parents looking for math support.
So this email is to serve as an introduction of you to one of [my son’s] key support teachers, Ms. K.:
“Ms. K. – Anu is the teacher we mentioned last night; she is absolutely amazing with her ability to reach kids with math.”
“Anu has been a fabulous resource for kick starting my now first grader’s reading. She’s patient, kind, and attentive to both kiddos and details, and she gave my son the confidence to enter first grade as a real reader! Kids With an Edge is great for kids struggling to read or as a supplement for those looking to stay on/ahead of the curve.
And there are lollipops, people. Lollipops. :)”
“In an effort to avoid the summer slide we decided to have our daughter work with Anu over the summer [in reading]. We are so happy with our decision and feel so grateful that she is now a part of our daughter’s life. Our 7 year old just entered the 2nd grade and we are currently meeting with Anu once a week to work on math. After the 1st meeting my daughter said “I’m coming back, it was so fun!” MATH IS FUN… you can’t get any better than that! Our daughter adores Anu. She makes learning fun and our daughter’s skills and confidence have soared right from the start. We are grateful for the wonderful learning and fun that happens during each visit. We look forward to having Anu as a partner in our daughter’s education for many years to come! Calculus will be here before we know it!!”
Email update to 2nd grade Math Class: “We are so thankful for all you are doing with our daughter. She was really proud of herself too. She said you “tested” her and you told her she did great! So great to see her feeling good about herself and her abilities!”
“Teacher Anu is kind, patient, and her enthusiasm for her learning is contagious! I’ve watched my kindergartner grow her math and reading skills this year, largely because of her time with Teacher Anu. Anu is attentive and takes the time at the end of each lesson to walk me through the week’s subject matter, show me what my child is getting, what needs practice, and the method we should be using, for consistency. She is wonderful!”
“We really lucked out in finding Anu! Our daughter switched schools last year and we found out she was really behind in math, and her confidence was low/disliking anything to do with math.
Realizing how important a strong math foundation is, I researched tutoring/math programs. Anu allowed us to try a trial group class and conducted a mini-assessment of my daughter’s math skills.
Anu was kind, patient, and nurturing–making a stressful situation for both my daughter and me a more gentle transition to tutoring. My daughter felt really comfortable and was able to let her “math guard” down with Anu, where she could actually learn. Its been about a year since we’ve been doing classes with Anu and I’m proud to write my daughter smiles with confidence at her math abilities, and she is even in one of Anu’s group classes above her grade level!”
“I brought my 1st grader to Teacher Anu when she was struggling with reading and she has thrived! Teacher Anu is kind, knowledgeable and most importantly patient with her students. I would highly recommend Kids with an Edge if your student needs an extra boost with their schoolwork.”
“When my son started 1st grade this year, his teacher called us in for a conference regarding his reading skills. She was concerned that he was not reading at a first grade level and was behind his peers. We decided to look for a tutor and luckily we found Kids With An Edge and Ms. Anu. She is great at teaching and making the lessons fun. My son loves going to his tutor sessions and in just a couple of months his teacher informed us he was on track with the other kids.
Ms. Anu worked hand in hand with our son’s teacher to ensure her assessments were consistent with our son’s performance in the tutoring sessions. She even asked for the assessment criteria our son’s school utilizes. Ms. Anu continues to go above and beyond to make sure our son is progressing toward our goals for him. My husband and I can’t thank her enough for the expertise and passion she brings to each and every session. Thank you Ms. Anu!”
“Anu tutored my daughter in math when she was in 6th grade. We signed her up for a free after school math club for 7th grade. Halfway through, my daughter asked me if she could go back to Anu for extra support. My daughter is not one to ask for extra school work, especially in math. She was so excited to see Anu again and in her words, “1 hour with Ms. Anu feels like 15 minutes, she makes it so fun!”
“Our 6 year old daughter has struggled with early reading (letters, phonetics, site words) for most of her Kindergarten year. This is despite me, her father and another friend working with her regularly. After 2 sessions with Ms. Jain, she returned home SO happy and proud that she could read! She mentioned at least two times, “Mama, I can read and I love reading!”. It brought tears to my eyes. She is such a fire! There is nothing like giving your children the gift of learning. We are so thankful to have found Ms. Jain.”
“Our daughter has an August birthday and was showing zero interest in letters so we were beginning to worry about her entering Kindergarten next fall. We decided to seek out a tutoring option and found Kids with an Edge. After only a few classes, our daughter turned a new leaf. She’s excited to learn her letters, she loves going to Anu’s class and she’s doing better than we had ever hoped. The small class size (4 kids) allows for excellent collaboration, participation and learning. Because of Anu’s class, we are not worried about her entering Kindergarten next fall. She may be one of the youngest kids but she will be well prepared thanks to Kids with an Edge.”
“Our 4 year old will be one of the youngest in her class this fall when she starts Kindergarten. After coming from a play based preschool with an emphasis on social emotional learning rather than academics, we wanted to give her a little boost of confidence around phonetics and reading with tutoring sessions with Anu. We were hoping that she would be able to differentiate between her upper and lower case letters as wells as master their sounds. Anu’s tutoring sessions have far exceeded our goals. Our daughter is sounding out words, putting them together and reading! Anu has a wonderful way with children. Our daughter looks forward to her tutoring sessions each week. She loves to practice her phonetics and is proud of her skills. We highly recommend Anu and are so grateful to have found her.”
“My 6th grade daughter was having difficulty keeping up in school, most especially in her math class. This led to a lack in confidence and feelings of discouragement. There was a radical change after her math tutoring with Anu, having one to two sessions weekly during the school year and over the summer. Since starting 7th grade, math has now become her favorite subject! She is achieving better grades and keeping up just fine. This has led to a feeling of confidence and a positive feedback loop, improving her performance in her other classes as well! She enjoys her sessions with Anu, and I appreciate Anu’s teaching ability and sincere efforts in helping my daughter.”
“I appreciated Ms. Jain’s encouragement and support. Our son enjoyed her and wanted to do well. I hope we will be visiting again.” – relocated out of town
“We are very pleased with Anu’s tutoring skills. She is an extremely gifted teacher, very patient and effective. She is able to identify the areas that need support and provide the best resources and practice to help kids succeed. Our son has progressed tremendously in the few weeks he’s been with her. We are very impressed and grateful!”
End of the year follow-up from email by mother: “Thanks again for all your help. [He] wouldn’t have gotten to level O [meeting standard for grade level] so quickly without your help. You are a fantastic tutor!!
“We were looking for ways to provide my then 5-year old daughter with more challenges outside of her classroom and are very happy that we found Anu! She knows how to entertain and challenge a kid, and uses customized materials to keep my daughter engaged during the session. Thanks so much for all you do!”
“My son Henry has had difficulty in math as long as I can remember. As he’s headed into middle school this coming school year, his mother and I decided that we would try to find a tutor who can help him not only understand basic concepts but also overcome his feeling that he’s
“just not good at math”. After only a few months of working with Anu Jain, he has made serious progress in catching up on the fundamentals and now doesn’t complain about doing his math homework.
“Henry has been able to more readily memorize multiplication tables, understand fractions, read large numbers into the millions, and much more. While he still has a long way to go in terms of catching up to other kids his age, we feel confident that Anu’s tutoring has made
– and will continue to make – a dramatic difference in his educational endeavors. All in all, Anu has been a kind, accommodating, and very effective teacher!”
“Anu Jain of Kids with an Edge taught me calculus in high school and it is a huge testament to how strong my math skills are today. I am literally in spreadsheets most of the day and the foundation I got from Anu (who runs Kids with an Edge Tutoring program) was instrumental in my success with how fluid I am with numbers today. The school’s teaching style really helps young people become more confident with challenging homework, obtaining stronger math skills, and being able to tackle challenges in the classroom. I highly recommend the tutoring here!”
6th Grade Camp– when we asked them what they thought, being a bit shy, they decided they wanted to write it out first…