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Here are eight ideas sure to make reading more enjoyable for your kids.
Is your child spending more time on the soccer field than in the classroom this summer? That can be a good thing. Summer sports provide compelling real-world opportunities for kids to apply and grow their math skills. Whether keeping score for a game or calculating batting averages, math is key to sports. It goes both ways: sports can also help with math—and other subjects, too. In addition, many studies indicate a link between physical activity and academic achievement.
Summer should be a break from school, not from learning. Making sure that kids are reading throughout the summer is a great way to keep their minds active and ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom come fall.
There’s a time-honored activity – some would call it a game – that lets parents quickly assess how well their children are mastering language arts skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. The rules are simple; just dictate a few sentences, and ask your child to write it down word-for-word.
Supportive and engaged parents often see their children perform well in school – from enjoying their lessons and completing their assignments diligently to getting reasonably good grades. But after spending so much time with their children and getting to know their true intellectual potential, perceptive parents often wonder if there’s even more room for growth and if there are untapped resources their children could use to become truly exceptional performers. With a few adjustments in work habits and outlook, many times they can. Here are just a few ways to help your children grow into everything you know they can be.
In a perfect world, every day at school would be filled with interesting, hands-on learning experiences. But even the most progressive schools must determine whether or not their students have successfully mastered the academic material on the lesson plan. For better or for worse, that means that inevitably your student will have to endure classroom exams. Here are some tips to help your child prepare for tests, hopefully changing what can sometimes be a daunting experience for students to an anticipated opportunity to show what they’ve learned.
To your student, it might seem as if high school is going to last forever. But you know better. Setting goals provides teenagers with concrete landmarks to help them along their academic path. Having set goals to follow will give your student focus and help he or she build self-confidence.
Here’s a look at the kinds of goals your teenager should be setting and why they are important.
One of the most frequently-asked questions I get is “What’s the best way to study for tests?” There isn’t one guaranteed way, but there are study tips and techniques that almost always work in combination with dedication and determination. Encourage your child to try these out before their next test:
Keeping a monthly checklist during the academic year is a great way to make sure your kids are on target for school success. The November checklist is below:
Nothing is worse than sitting down with your child to do homework and realizing you haven’t done long division in decades, and you have no idea how to explain it.
Mark B. Kance, M.A.T. is the Executive Director at the Hamilton Township Sylvan Learning in Hamilton New Jersey. Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels with more than 30 years of experience and nearly 800 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified instructors provide personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan also hosts MomMinded.com, a blog offering tips and resources from moms and education experts. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit www.SylvanLearning.com.
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