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Here is the quiz, just as promised:

1. Attitude
My kid…
a. dislikes getting ready and going to school
b. suddenly likes school less than he used to
c. has always enjoyed going to school

2. Temperament
I would describe my kid as…
a. extremely talkative
b. introverted
c. easily distracted

3. Assignments
My child tends to…
a. ask for help
b. claim she has no homework (then I later find out she does)
c. complete assignments quickly and easily

4. Abilities
When it comes to getting his schoolwork done, he…
a. procrastinates until I take something away (like an iPad)
b. completes assignments independently
c. sometimes has trouble with subjects taught in class

5. Behavior
Lately I have noticed that my child…
a. seems less focused
b. is not interested in educational toys or games
c. finds school more enjoyable than previously

Answer Key:
1. b 2. c 3. b 4. a 5. a

If you matched four or more answers it is worth exploring the possibility of a tutor.
If you matched three answers your child could use extra help from a teacher, a tutor or you.
If you matched two or fewer answers your kid probably does not need a tutor.

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tutoring

Private tutoring is turning into a big trend or as your child’s English teacher might say, “Enormous.” It is over a $5 billion per year operation and is becoming more popular at even younger ages. Many of the larger tutoring companies now offer even Pre-K programs. Some parents want to give their children an early edge.

A typical 4-year-old starting at this early of an age would get an hour’s worth of tutoring five days a week to develop reading skills and basic memory training. The earlier a kid starts learning, the better chance they have of getting into the best schools.

Certainly, that is not at all typical for most families. There is little evidence that a pumped up Pre-K learning is a pipeline to a primo college. However, it has been found that kids who entered kindergarten with solid elementary reading and math skills are most likely to excel in school later on.

At this age, tutoring is about building skills and confidence rather than addressing any deficiencies. It might involve teaching basic skills such as problem solving, numbers, new words and science. Children with even a small foundation of knowledge experience a significant academic advantage relative to their classmates. The tutoring sessions also provide a set time to sit and focus. This is a valuable practice in an age when technology pulls kids’ attention in every direction.

If your kid is on par with his peers, your child’s preschool teacher can help assess this, there is no need to hire a tutor. But if they are struggling a bit, should you consider the extra help? To find out, our next post will include a quiz for you to find out.

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If you do think that your child has not been placed in the right group, then set up a meeting with the teacher to express your concerns. There are a wide range of assessments that should be being used to gauge the learning levels. Have the teacher walk you through the analysis and this should clear up any confusion. If you still believe that your child has not been properly placed, then this gives you an opening to push for a change. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Teach

 

 

Even if your child’s school takes steps to mask the fact that learning groups are tied to achievement, kids usually know exactly where they stand. If your child does ask about their level, respond something similar to these lines:

“Your group works at a speed that your teacher thinks will work well for you.” Regardless of what group they are assigned to, look for the signs of progress and be sure to offer praise when you see it. Unless it is recommended by your child’s teacher, hold off on the tutoring. Pushing a student to do advanced math before they are developmentally ready can end up backfiring on you. Young children need to master skills at their own pace and often come into their own academically in middle school. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Groups

Talk to your child’s teacher about how the classroom is set up. Does the school support kids of all different abilities and what steps do they use to determine them? If the groups are set for an entire year it could be a red flag that the program does not allow children to grow.

Embrace a Strengths and Challenges Outlook

Your child will likely excel at some skills and labor with other ones. Often a child learns the most in a class where they struggle and not where they naturally excel. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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inspiration

There are some administrators that are concerned about the extremely competitive parenting culture these days. Trying to get your child into an accelerated learning group has become its own kind of race. This could cause negative consequences for students. Not every child can be in the top 10 percent all the time. Rather than lobbying to have your kid placed into the top level, concerned parents will be better off finding a group that is just right for them. The decision to use flexible learning groups for reading and math usually happens at the district level. However, the teaching methods can vary from school to school and sometimes even class to class. It is all depending on the teacher’s willingness to implement these groups. They can have a significant impact on a child’s education in grade school and beyond. To make sure that your kid’s educational needs are being met, we will give you a checklist to follow in our next posts. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Gifted

With students being taught by ability some will excel past the top groups expectations. This is why a growing number of educators want the schools to view gifted kids as special needs kids. If a child is in a wheel chair then we build them a ramp. Likewise, we can not put gifted students in a one size fits all learning situation. Teachers believe that separate class rooms for the gifted students is the solution. Being ahead of the other kids can be isolating. It is difficult for smaller schools to support gifted programs. However, if your child fits into this category and their needs are not being met, set up a meeting with the principal to see what options you might have. If there is not a test in program then ask about enrichment opportunities for an academic challenge. Some colleges offer accelerated math classes for grade schoolers. See more on ways of sorting students.

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When your tween dislikes their teacher.

You likely recall two sets of teachers from school: your favorites and those who seemed to give you a hard time. It is a fact that your tween is not going to get along with everyone, but it is disheartening when he comes home complaining about a teacher. You have worked hard to help him develop a love of learning and do not want the situation to discourage him.

It is common for children in this age group to have an issue with a teacher. It can occur because tweens are beginning to analyze behavior and pass judgement. They are more conscious of a teacher’s attitude toward them because they want to be liked and care deeply about fairness. Tweens can therefore become upset if they feel picked on, defensive if they think they irritate the teacher and enraged if they are not getting fair treatment. The result: hostility expressed as hatred.

Respond by taking your child’s feelings seriously; they are real for her and certainly should not be dismissed. But do not rush into the school and ask for a change of class, as your child’s resentment may be unjustified.

Tweens are new to making judgments and do not always read situations correctly. They can misjudge cues and comments and take offense where none was meant. Ask your child to keep a daily record of her complaints, so you can get a clear picture. Consider if something at home might be causing your child to argue more and irritate the teacher, or if a friend is a bad influence: 10-year-old boys are renowned for playing the class clown.

When you are sure there is good evidence of a poor dynamic, on either side, ask for a meeting with the teacher and gently explore solutions to the problem in order to regenerate your child’s enthusiasm for school.

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Teacher Clash

That is not fair.

Does your child stress before a big test or game? These calming strategies can help put things into perspective.

Talk about it. Children are less likely to be anxious if they have the chance to discuss their fears with you. You might record your chat, play it back and then talk about it some more. Hearing their fears out loud can make them seem less scary.

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Tame the Butterflies

Stressing over a test

Here are the answers to the previous post. 1.C 2.E 3.F 4.A 5.B 6.D

Practice skills related to addition and subtraction as well as chance and probability with these games.

Array Bingo
Players roll the dice and find an Array Bingo card with the same number of dots. Players then turn that card over. The first player to have a row, column or diagonal of face down cards calls out “Bingo!” and wins the game.

Soccer Spin
Players choose a spinner to use during the game. They choose a team to cheer for, checks or stripes. They then predict which team will win based on their spinner. They spin the spinner to check their prediction.

Basketball Addition
The basketball game is played by two teams, each consisting of 3-5 players. The number of points scored by each player in each half is determined by rolling a twenty sided polyhedral die or 3 regular dice and using their sum. The team that scores the greater number of points wins the game.

Hit The Target
Players choose a 2 digit multiple of ten (10, 20, 30…) as a target number. One player enters a starting number on a calculator and tries to change the starting number to the target number by adding a number to it on the calculator. Children practice finding differences between 2 digit numbers and higher multiples of ten.