Solid reading skills are vital for success on many of the tests your child will take between Kindergarten and high school graduation - including the SAT and ACT. Students therefore need to possess a strong vocabulary and be confident in their ability to discern the meanings of many words. Here are some tips for building word power:
It doesn't take an education professional to know that when it comes to learning, each person is unique.
Researchers and education professionals continue to find that a family’s involvement in their child’s education is not just beneficial, but essential. Parental involvement is closely tied to student achievement, high motivation , self-esteem and more. But how exactly should you get involved, and how much? Are certain activities more beneficial than others? Here are several suggestions on how you can get involved with your child’s education this school year—and make the most of those efforts.
No matter what age your child is, communication is an essential skill. It helps children confirm their understanding of what they are supposed to learn in the classroom, collaborate effectively with other students and people, advocate for themselves, and of course, create clear, effective written work. How can you help your child strengthen those verbal and nonverbal communication skills? Here are several tips:
Goodbye, middle school; hello, high school! The adventure that is secondary education certainly comes with much excitement and trepidation. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while starting high school is a big change, there are many things parents can do to help their teens make a successful transition. “This is a time when children become young adults and the school experience reflects that,” she says. “Freshman year sets the stage, so it’s important that parents help their children get off on the right foot.”
Homework is a great way to reinforce what children learn in the classroom and provide opportunities to practice skills independently. Unfortunately, it can be a source of stress for many children—especially those who are naturally disorganized and tend to “spin their wheels” at homework time. Luckily, there are lots of aids that will help keep children on task and focused on what they need to accomplish.
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.”
If you’re the parent of a new or soon-to-be middle schooler, brace yourself for some major changes. Middle school is more intense and has a heavier workload, with most middle school curriculums including five core subjects and two electives. Children are expected to do more, question more, and think more critically.
Above all, middle school demands that children function as independent students. But how can you encourage your child to engage in the activities that promote greater independence?
How Parents Can Support Their 21st Century Learners
This generation of learners is quite different than the one that came before them. Parents are aware that their children learn differently than they did in school, but they don't always know exactly why. What should you know about your child as a student? Below is some valuable insight into what 21st century learners are all about and how you can support your child at home:
Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.