Elementary School

5 Learning Opportunities for Holiday Breaks – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

The arrival of the holiday season means kids (and parents) can take a much-needed breather from homework and tight schedules. While getting some downtime is important, adding a few fun, learning activities into the holiday break can make it easier for your child to get back into the routine quickly when school resumes. Activity #1: Meal plan and cook together Cooking is a great opportunity to put your child’s fraction skills and basic facts to the test. ✓ Ask how much you would…

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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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Gabe & Rebecca’s Story – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

We talked to a Sylvan writing student, Gabe C., and his mom, Rebecca C., to learn more about their writing program experience at Sylvan.   Before Sylvan’s Writing Program Gabe says, “In 4th grade it was hard because I couldn’t get my thoughts down on paper. I kept procrastinating and couldn’t get started with all my [writing] assignments.”  “It seemed like the wires in my brain would disconnect and I couldn’t stay on track.” His mom, Rebecca, remembers 4th grade…

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Sylvan Nation is 1 Year Old – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

Imagine Winning a Free Year of Sylvan Tutoring (Yes, a WHOLE YEAR) … Or finding educational resources for exactly where you are in your child’s academic journey — from activity booklets and flash cards, up through college planning tools. … Or scoring worksheets, workbooks and flashcards to help your child keep the learning going over the summer. … Or getting exclusive offers on Sylvan tutoring at a location near you. In the last year, more than 22,000 parents across the…

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8 Reasons Why a Tutor is One of the Best Educational Options for the Summer – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

As soon as that final school bell rings for summer break, your son or daughter will fly through those school doors with a huge smile, ready for vacation and summer activities. But you’re thinking big. You know that the best summer is a well-rounded summer … and that includes keeping up good learning habits! You have a lot of choices for educational activities over the summer. Here are 8 reasons that teaming up with a summer tutor will make all…

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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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Why It’s Essential to Be Proactive With Your Child’s Writing Skills – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

By middle school, most teachers expect students to know how to write. And yet, many children aren’t prepared. A majority of students lack essential writing skills, such as how to properly structure a sentence and how to correctly use grammar. In fact, by eighth grade, only one in four students is a proficient or advanced writer. Elementary schools are juggling many priorities and only have so many minutes in a day. (We get it!) In recent years, helping students develop…

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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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Start Thinking About Summer Programs Now — a Few Considerations – Parents Article

Summer programs can be a great opportunity to help your child get ahead in school. Taking classes after the school year ends can help reinforce previous coursework and, if needed, offer personalized attention. Summer programs can also give your child a head start on college admissions and offer top-notch learning opportunities. Don’t wait until the last minute — now is the time to plan your child’s schedule. Here are several factors to keep in mind as you evaluate summer programs.…

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