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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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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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Children learn best when they are surrounded by students with similar passions. If a kid is into robotics they can have a discussion with someone who also likes this. Your school may not have the resources to group kids in these ways. It will be up to you to be proactive. Try setting up book clubs or signing up for special interest after school activities with children who share in the same hobby. This strategy is especially beneficial for students in districts that do not employ the small group learning approach.  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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Reconnecting

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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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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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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