Reading is the foundation for all learning and essential for school success. As children progress through school, it’s important to continue to build their reading abilities. “Reading confidence comes with continued practice,” says CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The more children read, the better they become at it and the more they enjoy it.”
As parents, we all want to help our children be as successful in school as they can be. But what is the best way to do so? At Huntington Learning Center, we encounter a range of students—some who are highly motivated to get into excellent colleges and others who are looking to make improvements in one or more subjects. In the 41 years we have been in business, we have observed that the best students have a lot in common—and they embrace many of the same academic habits. Here are six such habits to keep in mind as you guide your own children toward school success:
Summer is here, a time for children to recharge their batteries and enjoy a much-needed break from the busy school year. While every child deserves this, Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center urges parents to offer a variety of educational activities to ensure their children retain everything they worked so hard to learn all school year. “Sadly, so many children toss aside the backpack on the last day of school and do not touch a book until the first day of the next school year,” says Huntington. “The problem with this is that students can easily lose several months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other subjects.” Bottom line: it’s important that children keep those brains active throughout the summer. Here are five suggested activities that will help them do just that:
While summer is typically a time for children to relax and enjoy time off from all-day learning, it's a good idea to take charge of your child's skills during this period.
If your child has experienced any difficulty in school, then you likely know well the challenge of keeping things positive amid poor grades and dwindling self-esteem. School has any number of anxieties, even for the student who sails through classes seemingly with ease. However, for the student who frequently comes upon academic road blocks, the school experience can instigate negativity, fear and other problems.
A lot changes when students transition into high school and one skill that becomes more important than ever is that of note-taking. “In high school, students are expected to become proficient note-takers, and those notes will become essential study tools that they use to review material for quizzes and tests,” says Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Note-taking should augment student learning and help students recall difficult concepts more easily and remember what teachers teach. Our goal when working with students is to share some of the basics that will help them retain what they learn and study smarter.”
The Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program this week, called Reading Adventure. Reading Adventure runs May to August and is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.
Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.
If your child is struggling in school it is natural to search for a math tutoring program that can provide the assistance needed before gaps grow too wide and misunderstanding snowballs out of control. Watching your child struggle with learning math is hard and finding the perfect program can raise a child’s understanding and boost confidence. A carefully designed program will work to fill in gaps in your child’s learning and build on established strengths. You want to choose a program that carefully evaluates your child’s math skills, is aligned with adopted standards, personalizes instruction to the individual child’s needs, and provides ongoing feedback.
For parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be very challenging to figure out exactly what motivates their students to study and complete homework. CEO & Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that parents should help their children get to know themselves as students and embrace techniques that work for them. “While parents will find it difficult, if not impossible, to change their children’s behavior, modifications to their study habits and learning environment are far more likely to be helpful,” says Huntington. To motivate children to strive toward academic success, she suggests these five tips: