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The Final Report Card: How to Finish Strong – Parents Article

It’s easy for kids to get into a “school slump” when the weather warms, state tests wrap up and the final weeks of school start to fly by. The final report card period can be a tough time for students to remain focused, but with our easy tips, you can help your child finish strong! Here are five tips to beat the end-of-year fatigue:   1. Make a Plan: Use a calendar to map out all of the big assignments coming…

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How to Get Ready for Summer Camp – Parents Article

If summer camp is in the future for your child, spring is the perfect time to start planning and preparing! Whether your kids are interested in day camp or sleep-away camp, there’s no denying the educational and social benefits summer camps can have. However, some kids find it easier to adjust to the new routine than others. For children returning to a camp they’ve attended in the past, the process can be exciting! They’re looking forward to seeing old friends,…

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Benefits of Being in the School Play – Parents Article

March is the traditional month for middle and high schoolers to stage their school plays and musicals.   Parents should support these important extracurricular activities if your child show interest in them, as they have many of the same advantages afforded by joining sports teams. Take a look at these skills and benefits!     Skills. Organization. If you tried to put on a play or musical without being organized, it probably would not go very well! This is a great…

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November Checklist for School Success – Parents Article

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, and don’t forget to download the November Checklist for School Success so you can check items off!     Review goals. This will be an ongoing activity. You’ve made goals together about grades, class participation and behavior, extracurricular activities and personal objectives. How are they progressing? Discuss, and then ask for evidence. Prepare for…

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How to Make a 6-Month SAT or ACT Study Plan – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

It’s November, well into the semester for high schoolers. SATs and ACTs are a topic of importance and although the spring and summer test dates seem far away, they’re actually right around the corner. If your child is contemplating taking the SAT or ACT (or both), it’s wise to have a plan. A “6-month game plan” will be useful and build confidence for those kids who have kept up their studies, maintained a relatively decent GPA, and have taken school…

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Celebrate Mole Day with Your Kids by Making Guacamole – Parents Article

Sylvan partnered with Somewhat Simple for this post. What better time to introduce kids to chemistry than a fun and tasty guacamole Mole Day activity? Mole Day is celebrated every year on October 23rd from 6:02 a.m.-6:02 p.m., in honor of Avogadro’s number, 6.02 x 10^23. Avogadro’s number is a proportion that relates molar mass on an atomic scale to physical mass on a human scale. Moles make it easier to compare quantities of different molecules, and are helpful in chemical…

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Eight Ideas to Make Reading Enjoyable for Kids – Parents Article

Does your child enjoy reading? If not, we’ve put together some ideas to help change your child’s views of reading to be more positive! 8 Ideas to Make Reading More Enjoyable for Kids 1. Give them a choice of what to read. Most of a child’s day is filled with adults telling them what to do and when to do it. Give your child some control back by letting him or her select the books he or she wants to…

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End of Year Checklist – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

The school year is quickly approaching its end, and it’s time to make sure your child doesn’t lose their academic momentum! Whether their school lets out in May or June, here are some down-to-the-wire end of year things to keep in mind before summer break begins.   Report card check-in. Kids usually have a good idea of how they’re progressing with their grades in each class. Have an open conversation with them about their grades, and make sure they understand you are…

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