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.”
Teen Read Week is October 7-13 and Huntington Learning Center is celebrating this national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association. Launched in 1998 and held annually during the same week as Columbus Day, this commemoration encourages teens to be regular readers and library users.
The first marking period of the year does not have to conjure up stress for children and their parents. "The report card should be viewed as an opportunity to identify any potential trouble areas, address any issues and set goals with your child," advises Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. As the first academic review of your child's school performance this year, Huntington suggests that parents keep in mind the following when they receive their child's fall report card:
Without a doubt, students flourish when they have the support and encouragement of their parents, but there are a number of ways that well-meaning parents unintentionally discourage their children. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that providing children the right type and level of support can make all the difference in their motivation and self-esteem. “Encouragement must be genuine and positive, and although a parent’s intentions might be good, certain types of comments can send the wrong message,” says Huntington. She offers several dos and don’ts for parents when encouraging their children in school:
High school is a different world when it comes to academics—and for many students, it can mark the beginning of academic problems or exacerbate issues that were minor in middle school. According to Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, parents can help their teens avoid such academic pitfalls—if they know the signs. “High school is a time when parents need to pay very careful attention to what is going on with their teen in school because they will be more removed from the classroom than they ever have been,” says Huntington. “Communication with your teen and teachers is important, as is watching your teen’s grades and demeanor overall.”
Huntington shares five academic pitfalls that can plague students in high school—and tips on what to do if you notice your teen falling into any of them.
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:
For the third year in a row, Huntington Learning Center has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless for its annual drive, Project: Back to School, to provide homeless children with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. Together, the organizations and additional partners, hope to collect and distribute more than 5,000 new backpacks filled with supplies for students in kindergarten to 12th grade prior to the start of the new school year.
Through August 22, select Huntington Learning Center locations will serve as collection centers. Interested participants are encouraged to bring backpacks and school supplies to any of the following drop-off locations:
Every parent knows that teachers and staff are part of what makes a school great, but parents have a lot to do with a school’s success as well. “There are objective measures of schools’ performance such as test scores and teacher-student ratio, but there are a number of other intangible factors as well,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “A positive school culture that fosters student success truly does take a village, and parents are key members of that village.”
With summer coming to a close, families with children are gearing up to head back to school. According to Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington, of Huntington Learning Center, there are several things parents can do toward the end of summer break that make a tremendous difference in getting children mentally prepared to start the year off right. “Students need summer break to relax and recharge their batteries, but the beginning of a new grade can be a little bumpy if parents and children remain in ‘summer mode’ until that first school bell rings,” says Huntington. Luckily, a little preparation can make the back-to-school transition easier. Here are five back-to-school tips for parents and children:
Summer is a welcome break for families, but it can cause problems when it comes to the long-term retention of academic skills and knowledge. Many experts report that summertime regression is a significant problem for students of all ages, with children losing several months’ worth of reading and math skills over break. Here’s the good news: it’s not as hard as you think to minimize the problem. Here are a few ways you can help your child avoid the summer slide: