How to Keep Kids Engaged in Learning at Home – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

Most schools are sending home homework packets, doing online learning, or assigning work at home that would have normally done in the classrooms – or a combination of everything. Emily Levitt, Sylvan’s VP of Education, shares some advice for parents who are helping their children learn at home in this short video. Plus, check out the tips below!     Here are a few tips on how you can help navigate the “new normal” of keeping up with school work…

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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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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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I’m Teaching My Teens to Self-Advocate by Asking Them These 5 Questions – Parents Article

“Having the courage to stand up for yourself is like bringing swords to a stick fight.” —Kyle SchmalenbergMy sons both have invisible special needs. While individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans are fantastic, support teachers rock, and this mama bear is always poised to help, I’m finding it’s more and more important for my children to advocate for themselves. Especially as they get older and prepare to fly the nest.Invisible challenges aside, anyone can benefit from smart, effective strategies…

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5 Tips for Acing the Entrance Exam – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

I recently learned that even just discussing the SAT or ACT can bring forth a tidal wave of feelings. My daughter cried while talking about taking the test during a meeting with her high school guidance counselor. More tears were shed after her first test score showed she needed to study a lot before the next exam sitting. She was calm yet determined as she asked for a tutor to help her get a handle on the prep work. Finally,…

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Four Ways to Help Your Teen Avoid Senioritis – Parents Article

Senioritis is a word that frequently comes up as teens begin their transition out of high school to college. While the gradual emergence of sloppy dressing and skipped homework is often laughed off by teachers or parents, the consequences of a poor senior year can affect students beyond high school.Inconsistent attendance and homework habits can stretch into college, and poor performance the final semester of senior year sometimes leads to colleges rescinding their offers.Some seniors may be tempted to relax…

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My Mother Continues to Teach Me Things Long After Her Death – Parents Article

My mother liked to give away jewelry that she didn’t wear anymore but that was meaningful to her. She got great pleasure giving these gifts and seeing them joyfully received and worn. She had cancer for twelve years, but had an eight-year remission before she got sick and died. She contemplated downsizing from the house she and my father lived in for 30-plus years but ultimately decided to stay. I supported their decision “as long as you clean it out,”…

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SAT or ACT? Which One is Better for Your Student? – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

Sylvan Learning partnered with YourTeenMag.com for this post. Creative assets credited to Your Teen Mag. Standardized tests can play a crucial role in giving your child a boost in the college admissions process as well as put them on track for merit aid. However, the stress can begin before they even sit down for the test—as they try to decide whether they should take the SAT or the ACT (or both!) and how often. Consider this your prep for their…

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Just Because My Son is Having a Disappointing Year Doesn’t Mean I Can’t be Happy for My Friend’s Teen – Parents Article

It’s high school football season, so for our family—and for my good friend’s family, too—it’s go time! Our favorite season of the year is finally upon us once more.This year though, my senior son broke his leg in practice a week before his first game and had to have surgery to repair it. As a result, he won’t see a single minute of playing time this season. The season we were all looking forward to the most as a family.…

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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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