Sunday, May 21, 2017

Capture Your Child's Super Strengths


Turn a talented reader into a math-lover (or vice versa) with these kid-friendly reframing strategies.

Very few people — no matter their age — are good at everything. Some have a knack for numbers, while others struggle with the simplest calculations. Some have a way with words (writers), understand people (psychologists, social workers, teachers), or see the world as a series of lines, colors, and spaces (artists, architects). As adults, we have the option to ignore our weaknesses (or circumvent them, by, say, hiring an accountant).

In school, however, kids don't get to pick and choose their subjects. There's no option to take two art classes and no math (or, for that matter, recess all day). But what they can do is make the most of their strengths, to use their strong skills to improve upon their weak areas. Here's how to help your child be the best student he can be:

If this sounds familiar . . .
My daughter loves to sing. She knows the lyrics to dozens of songs by heart, but when it comes to learning the times tables, she's a mess!
Try this strategy: Auditory learners — children who love to talk and sing, and can't wait for story time — will probably feel overwhelmed by visual cues, such as multiplication charts and tables. Don't despair: using music to teach multiplication is a fairly common and successful technique. There are a slew of multiplication songs available, from simple ditties to rap tracks. Find a CD your child likes, and play the songs often. Reinforce the music by quizzing your child verbally.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son has always been a strong reader, but he struggles with math.
Try this strategy: The best way to get a good reader more interested in math is to make math seem more like reading. The solution? Word problems. You can find them in your child's textbook, but they're also incredibly easy to make up on your own. Look to whatever book your child is reading for inspiration — Harry Potter, for example: if each goal in Quidditch is worth 10 points, but catching the snitch is worth 150, how many goals is the equivalent of catching the snitch?

If this sounds familiar . . .
My daughter is a whiz at jigsaw puzzles, but she just doesn't get fractions.
Try this strategy: Kids who have strong visual and spatial skills respond well to colors, images, and other visual cues. Try using M&Ms (or dried kidney beans, if you find the chocolates disappear too quickly), pizza pies, or other such props to teach mathematical principles such as addition and subtraction, the times tables, and fractions.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son is great at math, but his vocabulary needs serious help!
Try this strategy: Get your mathematically inclined child interested in reading with word problems, word search puzzles, and other word games. For example, give your son a list of words (ideally culled from vocabulary lists he gets at school) and ask him to classify them into various categories. The logical part of your son's brain will love the very scientific act of classification, but he'll be expanding his vocabulary at the same time.

If this sounds familiar . . .
My son loves to make up stories, but he's just not interested in science class.
Try this strategy: Creative thinkers do well with "what if . . . " or "imagine that . . . " assignments. Thankfully, this strategy can be applied to almost all subjects. For a science project on recycling, you might suggest to your son, "Imagine that you are an aluminum can. What is your journey like from the time I throw you in the bin until you are something new?" Or, if your son is studying solids, liquids, and gases, ask, "What would you feel like if you were a gas? A liquid? A solid? How would you feel different from one phase to the next?" These questions will get his brain thinking about science topics, but in a manner that he's comfortable with.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Does Your Body Process Medicine? - Céline Valéry


Have you ever wondered what happens to a painkiller, like ibuprofen, after you swallow it? Medicine that slides down your throat can help treat a headache, a sore back, or a throbbing sprained ankle. But how does it get where it needs to go in the first place? Céline Valéry explains how your body processes medicine. 

Lesson by Céline Valéry, animation by Daniel Gray.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer School - Ways to Prevent the Summertime Backslide


Worried that your children will forget everything they learned over the course of the summer months away from school? You may have more reason than you think to fear the summer brain drain according to a study by Duke University's Dr. Harris Cooper, a leading expert on summer learning loss. He writes that long summer vacations "break the rhythm of instruction, lead to forgetting, and require a significant amount of review when students return to school in the fall."

According to Cooper's study, students' overall achievement test scores drop by about one month, on average, over summer vacation. Skills in mathematics and spelling usually take the biggest hits, with math skills suffering almost a 2.6 month loss in achievement.

Suffering the most are children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, who are presented with less opportunities to practice math and reading skills over the summer months than their more privileged peers. Their reading comprehension skills suffer the greatest, and their losses add up to a 2 year achievement gap by the time they enter their middle school years.

There are steps that parents can take to help their children learn and even get ahead over the summer months. Some "Summer Educational Tips" will help transform the break from structured learning into an opportunity for students to sharpen their skills through fun and interactive ways. Follow these tips and send your children back to school smarter and more confident than when they left!

1. Take frequent trips to the library and register your child with a library card. University of Florida's Richard Allington notes that the best predictor of summer reading loss is a lack of books at home and limited access to library books, so keep a good selection of high interest, level appropriate books around the house. Schedule a consistent "reading time" daily for your child.

2. Attend thematic programs at the library. Libraries often host a great variety of summer programs for kids that celebrate reading.

3. Talk to your child's teachers and ask them what your child will be learning next year at school. This way you can tie in family trips with next year's curriculum to create a more meaningful hands-on experience. For example, if your child will be studying a unit on the civil war, plan a visit to Gettysburg.

4. Give your child a gift card to a bookstore, or give books as gifts.

5. Check out audio books from the library for your child to listen to stories in the car.

6. Consider Summer Tutoring: Tutoring services, such as in-home tutoring, can help children catch up or get ahead with one-on-one tutoring in the home. Take advantage of the summer months to remediate or accelerate your child in areas like reading comprehension, mathematics, writing or SAT/ACT test prep.

7. Research has revealed a direct connection between learning to play a musical instrument and an increased aptitude in mathematics. Consider introducing your child to music lessons over the summer.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Check Your Intuition: The Birthday Problem - David Knuffke


Imagine a group of people. How big do you think the group would have to be before there’s more than a 50% chance that two people in the group have the same birthday? The answer is … probably lower than you think. David Knuffke explains how the birthday problem exposes our often-poor intuition when it comes to probability.

Lesson by David Knuffke, animation by TED-Ed.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Summer Camp Schedule Available - Register Today!


Summer is almost here! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Best-Kept Secret About School Success

Make learning fun for your child, it’s the quickest path to academic success.


Put simply, kids will work tirelessly if the work is gratifying — that is, if it's fun! That doesn't mean all play and little work leads to academic success; far from it. What it does mean is that each child's own perspective about what is fun or interesting (and not fraught with stress) has a direct effect on how hard she is likely to work at assigned tasks.

There is little challenge to teachers, parents, and education policymakers from children who just plain love it all, love to read, love to write, love math, love to please. But for those children who are not meeting expectations in the core subjects, the current prescription — to narrow the curriculum and focus exclusively on reading and math — may be the turnoff of all turnoffs. Doing more and more drills, spending all day every day doing stuff that is dull at best, is not the way to improve achievement.

Finding the Hook
It follows, then, that our challenge with kids who are not achieving is to find the hook — the point of passionate interest that will draw them in. This means that we should not be narrowing school subject matter for poor achievers. In fact, we probably should be doing the opposite. Our most talented teachers have long known this. They wait and watch for the hook to bring an unsuccessful student into the fold. Maybe a child's favorite activity is fishing with Grandpa, something his teacher discovers in time spent listening to and getting to know him. Then why not find books at his reading level about fishing? Why not translate math problems into challenges about whether a fish meets the legal size requirement? Teachers' best clues to the hook for each child are likely to emerge during "specials" or social studies, maybe even in a shop class or during an assembly of guest musicians or jugglers. Field trips of all sorts are rich with opportunities to find those hooks.

Tailor-Made Learning
Above all, adults need to find something that each child can feel successful at, sometimes a classroom job that may involve some easily accomplished reading or math. But don't cut out history for the 3rd grader who is fascinated by the Second World War. Don't rob the artistically inclined child of a lesson in mural-making or a trip to a children's art museum. Bring hands-on gardening into a science unit that might incidentally also involve both math and reading. Whether or not the basic subjects are involved, being able to pursue genuine interests can rejuvenate kids to do the less exciting work that they still must master.

As a parent, you can be an enormous help by encouraging your child's interests and talents. Acknowledge them, admire them, and discuss them with teachers. Who knows your child's particular passions better than you? So don't hold back, thinking that a fascination with horses or submarines is not a worthy subject for school. It is the "flow" experienced in pursuing those interests that hooks kids on learning for life.

Article Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/motivate-school-success/best-kept-secret-about-school-success

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Can You Solve the Pirate Riddle? - Alex Gendler


It’s a good day to be a pirate. Amaro and his four mateys – Bart, Charlotte, Daniel, and Eliza have struck gold – a chest with 100 coins. But now, they must divvy up the booty according to the pirate code — and pirate code is notoriously complicated. Can you help come up with the distribution that Amaro should propose to make sure he lives to tell the tale? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Does Your Child Need School Tutoring?


How do you know when your child needs that extra help to be successful? How do you know when it is time for you to start thinking about school tutoring for your child? You need to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that may indicate your child is having some difficulty in school and understand that if you see any of them you must be willing to step in and take action to help your child. One of the best ways to aid your child in being successful in academic pursuits is school tutoring.

Here are five things to watch for that will indicate your child needs school tutoring:

1. Is your child having difficulty with the foundational skills? The basic skills need to be mastered before other subjects can be effectively tackled. If your child is having problems with skills such as reading and writing then those issues are only going to become exponentially worse as other subjects try to build upon them. Your child needs to get a good head start and build a solid foundation to support future learning.

2. Does your child seem to have an excellent understanding of the classroom material but still brings home poor test scores? You helped him with his homework every night last week and you were very impressed with how well he was doing but when it came time for the test it was like he had forgotten everything. Test taking is a learned skill that is rarely taught in school. School tutoring can help him to learn the proper skills for note taking, studying, and taking tests.

3. Are you just too busy to help your child with his school work? It is nothing to be ashamed of. In this day of single parent households many parents are struggling just to pay the bills and just don't have the time to spend helping their children with their homework like they want to. Your child may just need a little bit of help to get him over that next hill and school tutoring may be just the thing to help him get there and to put your mind at ease.

4. Perhaps you have a child who isn't struggling but is in fact bored with the whole process of school? It is an unfortunate fact in today's educational system that emphasis on standardized test scores means that the students on the lower end get all of the attention and students on the upper end are left unchallenged to sink back toward mediocrity. School tutoring can provide your gifted child with challenges and inspiration to learn on his own and not be held back by the pace of the classroom.

5. Finally, the most important factor to take into consideration is how you feel about the situation. Most parents have very good instincts when it comes to their children. If there are no outward signs that your child may be having difficulties and need help but you still feel something isn't right then listen to your gut. School tutoring can be beneficial for any student so it is much better to error on the side of helping too much rather than too little.

If you want your child to succeed at school, keep these five warning signs in mind. Every child can learn when the material is presented to him in the right way by the right teacher. If your child is struggling you can help him greatly with school tutoring.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Summer Tutoring Is a Good Option


Your child is jumping up and down with joy because school has just let out for the summer. You on the other hand are starting to pull your hair out wondering what you are going to do with him for the summer. Another summer that will be wasted watching television and playing video games just simply does not seem like the best use of his time to you. You do have other options that will be much more beneficial to him, one of which is to get him a summer tutor and give him a head start on his classmates toward the next school year.

First of all, you need to understand that there is a significant learning loss over the course of the summer. Studies have estimated that a student may forget over 40% of what he learned in the last school year just over the three months of summer. This is a significant loss that can have a major impact for a long time to come especially in a cumulative subject like math. This loss can be prevented by the judicious use of summer tutoring. This will help him retain what he learned last year and prepare him to have an easier time when the next school year starts.

Second, summer tutoring will provide your child with a safe, friendly environment that will keep him out of trouble and away from the wrong crowd. Finding a summer tutor that can also be a positive role model will do wonders for your child's self esteem. A little success can go a long way and each new success can increase his confidence exponentially. Tutoring centers are a wonderful option as they can provide a location that you can feel safe about your child going to even if you can't be there due to work.

Thirdly, summer tutoring can instill in him the importance of education. He has always thought that summer meant that there was no reason to learn anything new and was just a time to have fun and goof off. Your interest in providing him with summer tutoring will show him that learning is a year round process and something that he should be taking seriously. You can help him to come to love learning.

You'll really need to convince your child that summer tutoring is in his best interest if you really want him to give up that television and video game for any length of time. But keep in mind that summer tutoring does not just have to be about the subjects that he is learning at school. You can take advantage of the free time he has and his natural curiosity to let him learn about any subject in which he is showing an interest. Allowing your child to enrich himself with the study of subjects that is interested in and enjoys is just as important as making sure that he has a firm grasp on the subjects being taught in the school. The skills that he learns while pursuing subjects that interest him will be skills that he will be able to use when school starts back up. Summer tutoring is something you really should consider for your child.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Tips on Inspiring Kids to Do Homework



Parenting expert Samantha Kemp-Jackson shares six must-know tips on getting your child to do homework.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Break is Right Around the Corner - Register Your Child for Camp Today!


Summer is just a few months away! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes


For the microscopic lab worm C. elegans, life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. The bowhead whale, on the other hand, can live over two hundred years. Why are these lifespans so different? And what does it really mean to ‘age' anyway? Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explains why the pace of aging varies greatly across animals.

Lesson by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, animation by Sharon Colman.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cute DIY Easter Crafts


DIY expert Denise Wild shows you easy Easter crafts the whole family can make.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Can You Solve the Virus Riddle? - Lisa Winer


Your research team has found a prehistoric virus preserved in the permafrost and isolated it for study. After a late night working, you’re just closing up the lab when a sudden earthquake hits and breaks all the sample vials. Will you be able to destroy the virus before the vents open and unleash a deadly airborne plague? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Top 9 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Tutor


Hiring a tutor for your child or for yourself can be both a confusing and complicated matter. There are at least 2 million tutors in the United States. These individuals may be independent private practice tutors, or they may work for a larger practice, a franchised practice, a community program, a faith based program, or a school based initiative. Whether volunteer or paid, all tutors should abide by the standards of practice and code of ethics as set forth by the National Tutoring Association. All tutors should be trained and certified in the professional practice of tutoring.

So how do you know who will be the best fit for your student? Who will deliver the services best suited for your student's needs and goals? Tutors not only deliver content information, they motivate, coach, challenge, and provide feedback to students. Well trained and experienced tutors work with the student's overall study skills, not just the academic assignment at hand.

Hiring a tutor should be approached in the same manner as hiring any other professional. Ask questions, look carefully at references, and use your instinct as to whether this tutor is a good fit for your student. Your student should be present at the initial interview so that you can receive feedback from your student before making a final hiring decision.

Ask about the following . . . .

* Credentials - Don't be afraid to ask for proof of credentials, i.e. transcript copies, copies of state teaching certificates, tutor certification, proof of other specialized training. Ask the tutor to provide a complete resume.

* A Tutorial Plan -- Give the tutor a list of your concerns and goals for your student. Ask the tutor to offer a basic plan for how he or she will assist your child. How will the tutor conduct an initial assessment of your student's academic needs and challenges? How will success be measured? When will feedback be provided to you and/or the student's teacher?

* Letters of Recommendation -- Make sure that the letters speak to the person's ability as a tutor and not just matters of general character. Letters should be current and include full contact information for the person making the recommendation. Above all, make the calls necessary to verify these recommendations.

* Demonstration -- Watch the tutor guide your student through a small portion of one lesson. How does the tutor approach the student? Where does the tutor sit; does the tutor respect your child's personal space? How is the tutor's intent conveyed to your student? Does the tutor write on your student's paper or does the tutor allow the student to make corrections as needed? Is your student allowed to ask numerous questions? Is the tutor patient, professional in mannerism, tone of voice and information delivery? Does the tutor give your student time to process and answer the question before offering the solution? Does the tutor offer sincere praise?

* Fees - Ask the tutor for a detailed pricing plan, i.e. how many sessions at what cost per session. Be sure you are clear about payment requirements, rules about missed appointments, and miscellaneous fees for testing and materials.

* Location -- Where will the tutor meet your student? At your home with supervision? In a public place such as a library? In a dedicated learning center? Tutors should never meet with your student in a location where there is no other adult present.

* Insurance -- Does the tutor carry professional liability insurance? Has the tutor been recently background checked?

* Professional Affiliations - To what professional association does the tutor belong? How does the tutor participate in the overall improvement of the tutorial practice? Does the tutor stay current regarding innovative methods and strategies?

* Additional Questions -- How long have you been tutoring? Why do you enjoy tutoring? How many students are you currently working with? When do you become frustrated with students? How do you communicate with a student who clearly isn't "getting it"? How do you define your role as the tutor? What is my role as the parent? How will you communicate with my student's teacher(s) and how often?

Finally, if any red flag sends off an internal warning signal, do not hire that tutor. You are the person who knows your student better than anyone else. You and your student must feel comfortable in this tutorial relationship. The bottom line is that no matter who recommends the tutor, interview more than one tutor if you have any nagging thoughts in the back of your mind when making the hiring decision.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Do People Get So Anxious About Math? - Orly Rubinsten


Have you ever sat down to take a math test and immediately felt your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat? This is called math anxiety, and if it happens to you, you’re not alone: Researchers think about 20 percent of the population suffers from it. So what’s going on? And can it be fixed? Orly Rubinsten explores the current research and suggests ways to increase math performance.

Lesson by Orly Rubinsten, animation by Adriatic Animation.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Our 2017 Summer Camp Schedule is Now Available - Register Today!


Summer is just a few months away! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't Fear the Fair: 8 Tips to Make Your Child's Science Fair Project Fun

From brainstorming experiments through practicing presentations, help your child develop the perfect science fair project.


Science fairs have a bad reputation, but if you approach them with creativity, patience, and an open mind, you’ll be amazed at what your child can do. Here are eight tips to help you get started, as you guide your child:

1. There's no need to panic. Science doesn’t have to be expensive, dangerous or terribly complicated. With the Internet at your fingertips, there are countless resources waiting to spark ideas in your young scientist.

2. Let your child take the lead. Every kid is inspired by something, whether it’s baking, music, basketball, or slime. Let her choose the project (within reason, of course), make the supply list, design the poster, and everything else. As a parent, your job is to encourage your child, ask her lots of questions, and keep your hands off of her project unless there’s a safety concern.

3. You don't have to start from scratch, unless you want to. It’s may be helpful to start with an existing science experiment and make it your own. Encourage your child to peruse the Internet or a book to find a project he's interested in. Let him try it and ask him what else he could learn using the same method, or what other things he could try. Encourage him to put his own stamp on it.

4. All ideas have merit. Let your child brainstorm and try things out, even if you don’t think something will work, or it’s not the way you’d do things. In science, invention and success are often the result of a series of failures. The entire process of experimental design should be a learning experience. Is there a way to make her project interactive for her audience? The more imaginative she is, the better.

5. Ask your child what he wants to learn, what he thinks will happen, and how he's going to test it. Does your amateur chef want to learn whether it’s possible to keep strawberries from getting moldy by boiling them for a few seconds? How long does he think a strawberry should be boiled to keep it fresh longer? Will five seconds of boiling stop mold growth? (A guess about what will happen based on what is already known is called a hypothesis.) How can he test his hypothesis? How can what he learns benefit society?

6. Take your time. Remember, your child has to come up with an idea, research it, do the experiments, and create a presentation. If you and your child wait until the day before the science fair, you may be able to pull it off, but the experience will be far less rewarding.

7. Think before you draw. Invest in a decent tri-fold cardboard display board. Avoid having your child start writing directly on the board, but encourage her to make a mock-up of what her poster will look like, and then to write, draw, or print images and information on printer paper that can be attached to the display board. Colorful construction paper makes a nice background for plain whiter printer paper and creative design is always a bonus.

8. Practice. Encourage your child to practice his presentation several times until he's comfortable explaining what he did. Be sure that he's pronouncing any unfamiliar words correctly. Have him make a list of questions that he thinks people might ask and practice answering. Most importantly, remind him that it’s okay to say, “I don’t know, but that’s a great question.”

Finally, as your child dives into her project, try to suppress any desire you might have to take control. Remember that his learning is a journey. Messes and mistakes are part of the creative process, and any project that your child completes — and feels great about — is a genuine science fair success.

Feature Photo Credit: © FatCamera/iStockphoto. Other photos © Quarry Books, 2016/Kitchen Science Lab for Kids and Liz Heinecke.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

What Makes a Poem … a Poem? - Melissa Kovacs


What exactly makes a poem … a poem? Poets themselves have struggled with this question, often using metaphors to approximate a definition. Is a poem a little machine? A firework? An echo? A dream? Melissa Kovacs shares three recognizable characteristics of most poetry.

Lesson by Melissa Kovacs, animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Math Tutoring to Save Your Sanity


If your child is in elementary school or high school, they have had some type of mathematics in school. The intensity of the courses differs a great deal throughout these years. Some courses are not even required once your child gets into high school, but if your child has the desire to be in a field like medicine or engineering, they would be wise to take upper level mathematics courses in high school. If you are not able to help them, look for a tutor who can do so. It will help both of you.

Some people might assume that they could not go into a field like medicine or engineering if they struggle with these courses. It is true that you will need to take some difficult courses in this study, but it is not true that you need to necessarily be good at it. It is important not to discourage your child from one of these fields if they struggle with mathematics. Rather, you should hire someone to do math tutoring with your child, so that they can learn to like the course or at least do okay at it.

When looking for a company to do math tutoring for your child, it is important to take several things into consideration. It is important to choose an agency that has qualified and experienced staff. They should not just be good at mathematics; they should also be good at working with children. Sometimes it just takes someone applying a subject in a different way for a student to begin to do well at it.

It is also important for the teachers that tutor to be professional yet fun and encouraging. It is important that the tutor does not become a close friend. Anytime a teacher becomes friends with their students they lose the authority to really be the teacher they need to be.

Make sure when looking into agencies that you find one that does background checks on all tutors. You need to know that the individual in your home teaching your child is trustworthy. You will not want to be hanging over their shoulder during every lesson. Trust is essential.

Results are also essential. If after a few weeks of having a tutor your child has made no progress towards improvement in their subjects then you might consider another agency or talking to the agency about a new tutor.

The cost of the math tutoring is likely also a concern. If you go with a tutor through your child's school, it might be less expensive than other agencies, or it might be more. You will want to compare and contrast various aspects between the tutors that you might find online and those at the school.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The History of Chocolate - Deanna Pucciarelli


If you can’t imagine life without chocolate, you’re lucky you weren’t born before the 16th century. Until then, chocolate only existed as a bitter, foamy drink in Mesoamerica. So how did we get from a bitter beverage to the chocolate bars of today? Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate. 

Lesson by Deanna Pucciarelli, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

3 Ways to Build Vocabulary at the Dinner Table

Try one of these dinnertime activities to help your kids develop their language skills.


Dinnertime at our house is one of my favorite parts of the day. It's a time when we all come back together and share our successes and challenges. Lately, I've been using our meal as an opportunity to help our kids build their vocabulary.

Here are three activities you can try with your own family to help your child learn new words. There is very little preparation involved, making it easy and convenient to do.

1. Use the Word

Write vocabulary words on slips of paper and keep them in a jar or basket on the dinner table. You could use words that your child is studying in school, or pull a few words from books you are reading to him. Each night, choose one word from the word basket and read it aloud. Define the word in kid-friendly terminology. For example, if the word is flexible, a kid-friendly definition would be, "something that is flexible moves or bends easily without breaking." If you start with something that or someone who, you will be on the right track.

Then, each person at the table takes a turn naming something that is flexible or not flexible. On my turn, I could say, "A rope is flexible." Or I might say, "My pencil is not flexible." Continue around the table giving lots of examples and non-examples of the given vocabulary word.

2. How Many Can You Name?

In this activity, one person names a category — such as fruits, zoo animals, or things shaped like squares. Then taking turns, each person names a word that fits in that given category. If the category is "things shaped like squares," possible answers could be windows, books, or sticky notes. Switch categories when no one else can add a word to the named category.

3. Draw the Word

To extend the activity above, you could also play Draw the Word. Have some blank sheets of paper or a pad next to each place setting. In my family, we like to cover our table with butcher paper before setting it for dinner. You could add a container of crayons or markers as the centerpiece. After dinner, select one vocabulary word from the word basket. Again, talk about the word in kid-friendly language. Then, each of you will illustrate the word on the paper. Everyone around your table should take a turn explaining their drawing.

I hope you are inspired to spend a little extra time at the dinner table talking with your child about new words. It's a great way to build his vocabulary and bond as a family.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

How Braille Was Invented | Moments of Vision 9 - Jessica Oreck


Today, Braille is the universally accepted system of writing for the blind, translated into almost every language in almost every country across the globe. But it didn’t actually start out as a tool for the blind. Jessica Oreck details the surprising wartime origins of Braille.

Lesson and animation by Jessica Oreck.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Academy of 21st Century Learning, Best Tutoring Center in Solano County


Step inside The Academy of 21st Century Learning, where we believe everything is fun!

From addition, subtraction, and beginning reading through AP calculus, physics, and advanced reading and writing our students learn to love learning. Welcome to The Academy!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tutors - How Selecting the Right Tutor Makes a Difference


I am a public school teacher. My wife is a public school teacher. My peers are public school teachers. It seems that there is a common frustration among all of us. So many times in our schools, we see teachers struggle to give the attention each student needs in overcrowded classrooms. The child who is falling behind is getting frustrated because he needs someone, anyone, to help him through this one topic but he can't get the attention he needs in a classroom of thirty-plus students. That one topic of frustration becomes two topics (because the second topic builds off the first) and then two topics becomes three and so until the student is so frustrated, he or she gives up entirely. Then there is the gifted student who finishes their work quickly but sits for a majority of the class waiting for others to catch up. The gifted student falls behind, not on the grade book, but rather towards fulfilling their potential. Then there is the student with the learning disability or the attention disorder; you can imagine how they feel.

So many wonderful teachers out there are doing their best to meet these students needs but it is near impossible nowadays. Classes are held in rooms that were previously closets or in dilapidated trailers and class sizes increase every year. The need for supplemental education to support students has become more important than ever.

Parents usually have a couple places they can turn. They will ask a neighbor who might then refer them to someone down the street they heard was a teacher. Or they will ask the guidance office at the school who will give them a list of twenty tutors or tutoring services. They might ask the teacher as well, but most schools will not allow teachers to tutor students from the same school for compensation and the time the teacher gives after or before school just isn't enough.

The problem the parent runs into is the fact that, even if they find a tutor, they don't know anything about the tutor. They don't have a background on the tutor. They know very little about their qualifications. They don't if the tutor's schedule will fit theirs. And then there is that awkward conversation about price (made even more awkward if it is a friend or neighbor).

Those are the barriers to finding good tutors. A tutoring service can help but it's important to ask these key questions:

  1. How do I know if the tutors in your service are qualified?
  2. Do I have any choice in the tutor I can select?
  3. Will I be able to see profiles or backgrounds and qualifications of ALL your tutors so I can make the choice?
  4. How do I know which tutors service my area?
  5. How do I know which tutors fit my schedule?
  6. How much will this cost? Is the tutoring service upfront with pricing or do they make you call their number and set-up a consultation before you know the price?
  7. If I am not totally satisfied with the tutor, can I switch quickly?

When my wife and I created our tutoring business, we decided to make sure that these answers were upfront on our website. We carefully selected and pre-screened our tutors, including extensive interviews, criminal background checks, and reference checks. We posted their qualifications, philosophies, teaching styles, and schedule availability on the site. We posted pricing information clearly for the parent. We posted our philosophy. We made it so parents could schedule tutors right on the website immediately. It was our goal to make finding an effective tutor affordable and convenient. These are the gaps we found when we saw parents searching in vain for tutors. These are the things you should be looking for when you choose a tutoring service.

Remember, your time is valuable and having the power to choose the educator who will be spending so much time with your child is something you should not take lightly.


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

How to Practice Effectively...for Just About Anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene


Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

Lesson by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, animation by Martina Meštrović.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

8 Sure-Fire Tips for Smoother School Days


Reduce stress with these simple, time-saving, mood-lifting strategies.

1. Start your day the night before. Prepare snacks and clothes and solidify the next day's plan at night. Fill your child's backpack with the things that he may need for school or for an after-school play date.

2. Wake up earlier. Give yourself and your child extra time in the morning — even 15 minutes will help. Try using an alarm clock that plays soothing nature sounds or happy music to make wake-up time more fun.

3. Send only teacher-approved items to school. Talk to your child's teacher about classroom rules before sending in anything. Most teachers do not want children bringing in valuable items or toys that encourage aggressive play, but will likely encourage a favorite book or photograph.

4. Create a special drop-off ritual. Come up with a memorable, loving way to say goodbye — a lipstick kiss on the hand, a secret handshake, or a special phrase that you create with your child.

5. Set aside after-school downtime. Some children experience a meltdown at the end of the day. To avoid this, try to build in some time to unwind after school. Allow your child to visit the playground, spend time alone curled up with a book, or engage in quiet activities such as painting, building with blocks, or solitary imaginative play.

6. Make dinnertime family time. Whenever possible, eat together as a family. Kids benefit from spontaneous dinner-table conversations. Ask your child to tell you about his day and share interesting things that happened to you. He will feel more "grown up" when he is included in this sort of conversation.

7. Follow the school's rules. Teachers count on families to support the classroom rules and routines — such as sick-child policies, authorized escorts, and arriving on time.

8. Give your child undivided attention.
Set aside time each day just to be with your child — even if it's just 20 minutes — and allow no interruptions. Follow his lead and take time to observe his interests and enter his world. You will learn a lot about your child, and he will be thrilled to have this time with you.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Can You Solve the Three Gods Riddle? - Alex Gendler


You and your team have crash-landed on an ancient planet. Can you appease the three alien overlords who rule it and get your team safely home? Created by logician Raymond Smullyan, and popularized by his colleague George Boolos, this riddle has been called the hardest logic puzzle ever. Alex Gendler shows how to solve it.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Advantages of Getting a Math Tutor for Your Child


A math tutor is a teacher or expert who specifically teaches an individual about mathematical solutions and subjects. There are many different levels in tutoring. Some children in elementary and high school need tutorials in this subject because the lessons taught are becoming more and more complex. On the other hand, there are quite a number of students who do not fully understand what their teacher is teaching them in the classroom.

Due to the pace that some teachers teach, not all students are able to easily grasp the concepts that are taught in each mathematical lesson. While the teacher can entertain questions from the students about the aspects of the subject that may confuse them, there is a limited amount of time allotted for this particular topic every day.

Benefits

There are several benefits to getting a math tutor for a child, no matter the age or grade level. Elementary students and high school students benefit from tutorials because they can keep up with the pace that their teacher has set for the entire class. It is a good way to keep your child up-to-date with what is being taught in school. Another advantage in hiring a tutor is the confidence that the child develops when he or she understands what is being taught.

It can not only undermine a kid's confidence when he or she has trouble grasping the concept being taught, but it can also make him or her shy with the other kids who actually understood the lesson. Once the child loses the confusion that they have experienced initially, the awareness that they have finally understood it can be so heartwarming and enlightening to the child.

Another advantage that comes with hiring a math tutor is the one-on-one attention that the teacher can dedicate to the individual. Educators in schools make an effort to help their students understand the lessons they teach, but there is a lack of time and attention that they can dedicate to each student due to time constraints and the number of individuals in the class. Tutorial sessions are very advantageous because they are individualized and the specific needs of the student are addressed.

Another benefit that is gained from the presence of a math tutor is the specialization that the teacher has for the subject. In order to be successful, tutors need to see the curriculum that the child will be taught and they also need to see the homework and lessons that the school teacher has given the child for the day or for the week. Mathematics is a highly specialized subject that needs understanding and expertise. Professors or tutors on this subject are usually those who have particular knowledge of this subject while they were in school.

Hiring a math tutor has many different advantages, other than those listed above. Parents will be able to see the additional benefits after their child manifests positive results from the lessons received from these study aids.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Should You Use a Private Tutoring Service?



Hiring a private tutor is really based on the evaluation of either one or both parents. Before settling for spending the money on a tutor, consider the significance of good grades as well as your child's ability to obtain those grades. Be sure your child agrees with it as well, in order to get the most benefit from the time and money spent on a tutor.

Private tutors offers help for homework, present test taking strategies and assist strengthen areas where your child is showing weakness. By concentrating on whatever area, which is often the cause of having poor grades, you will most likely see improvement after just a brief period of time. Factors that your child may need a tutor to help with grades include motivation, learning style and test taking skills.

Although costly, hiring a tutor may kick your child into focus and address the condition of a child who is just not trying. This particular can be a temporary solution though, since lack of motivation may suggest much more problem. While focusing on the short term objective of improving grades, try to identify the root of the problems as well.

Your child may have a learning style different to what the teacher is concentrating on. A private tutor can teach and explain the same information in an alternative way, enabling your child to learn the information more effectively. Normally a child understands the information, but has issues performing well on a test. A tutor can spend some time to concentrate particularly on these test-taking skills which will allow a child improve test results. Your child will be trained to stay focused during the test day and get better in information recall.

In case your child has a learning disability or is otherwise not capable of doing better, a tutor can provide further assistance. Alternatively, if your child is much smarter than his grades show, a private tutor can help persuade these students to try and do much better. Employing a private tutoring service to help your child can be beneficial both your child's report card and self-esteem, making it possible for him to realize his hard work may lead to getting better grades.

Now, keep in mind that hiring a tutor is a personal decision, same thing with choosing the right tutor for your child. Regardless of whether you hire a private tutor, get your child enrolled in an after school review group, or begin going to a commercial learning center, the decision has to be weighed considering your child's preferences.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

How Small Are We in the Scale of the Universe? - Alex Hofeldt


In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavor was risky – what, if anything, was going to show up? But what came back was nothing short of spectacular: an image of over 1,500 galaxies glimmering in a tiny sliver of the universe. Alex Hofeldt helps us understand the scale of this image.

Lesson by Alex Hofeldt, animation by Bliink.

Hubble Deep Field Image Credit: R. Williams (STScI), the Hubble Deep Field Team, and NASA.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Importance of Reading Aloud: Tips for Reading to Children



Learn why reading aloud is so important to young children's learning. One of the most important skills a parent can teach a child is how to communicate -- how to speak, listen and read. This clip includes practical tips for reading at home.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Brief History of Numerical Systems - Alessandra King


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... and 0. With just these ten symbols, we can write any rational number imaginable. But why these particular symbols? Why ten of them? And why do we arrange them the way we do? Alessandra King gives a brief history of numerical systems.

Lesson by Alessandra King, animation by Zedem Media.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Special February Offer!


Q: Is tutoring better than chocolate hearts, diamond necklaces, and iced champagne for two?

A: No. But, we are welcoming new families to The Academy for only $79, and that is almost as good, right?

February Offer includes:

* Both Math and Reading computer-based assessments
* Two hours of tutor-led assessments

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Helping With Big Homework Projects


Know when to step in and when to back off.

The contest to create the best visual often prompts many parents to get overly involved in their kids' school projects. But teachers say that by doing so, parents are missing the big picture. The ultimate goal isn't how beautiful the project is; it's the lesson the kids ultimately learn about taking the necessary steps — from research to presentation — to reach the end result.

The Parent's Job
Parents play an important role in that process. One way parents can achieve that goal is by coaching their child through the steps of a project from start to finish. Here's some thoughtful advice on how to help your child do her best:

Ask questions.
Questioning helps your child define the assignment. Is this historical figure's early life important? Does it make him who he became? What are the five most important events in this time period? What was the turning point in the war? Why would you recommend this book? What character made the most powerful impact?

Get out the calendar.
Help your child set goals and create deadlines. For example, by the end of a certain week, complete all your research. Then create a timeline the following week.

Narrow his focus.
Many kids bite off more than they can chew. Suggest that your child spend the first few days absorbing information and reading about his subject before figuring out what the important elements are.

Designate a work space.
It might be a spot near the computer or a place she can leave out her books or the work in progress. Having a designated space eliminates the need to gather together materials. It also serves as a constant reminder that the work has to get done.

Do the tedious work.
If typing is frustrating your child, it's okay to do it for him. Just don't work on the project without him.

After the project's done, discuss the process.
Talk about whether you had enough time and what you would do differently in the future.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Parenting Tips for Helping Your Child With Homework



Homework can be scary for kids, especially when they're just starting out in their early school years. Help your child combat homework anxiety by making homework a team effort! Even something as simple as sitting with your child while she does her homework can make a huge difference. See what other tips teachers recommended to Parents for homework help, and watch as your child strengthens her study skills!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Design a Kid-Friendly Workspace

Create a comfortable place for your child to complete her homework.


One of the best ways to encourage your child to complete his assignments competently and on time is to create a homework space that's all his own.

The Setup
First, consider your child's study style. If she is easily distracted, a secluded, quiet spot is best, but if she's more comfortable working with other people around, choose a corner of the living room or kitchen. Make sure the area is free of clutter and that other family members respect "homework time."

While music may be okay at low levels, TVs should be turned off — very few people can resist becoming distracted by TV. But no matter where your child does her homework, the U.S. Department of Education recommends that the space has bright lighting, relative quiet, and close-at-hand supplies.

Two other essentials are a reasonably large work surface and comfortable seating. If you can afford to buy an adjustable chair, that's great, but you can also adjust your existing furniture by stacking pillows or even telephone books on the seat. If your child's feet don't rest on the floor, use a footrest, boxes, or more stacked telephone books. A final tip is to use a rolled-up towel or small pillow between the back of the chair and the child's lower back to provide lumbar support.

Finally, let your child take part in creating his study space so he'll feel more comfortable and be less likely to think of homework as a chore. Your child might feel less intimidated if he has a favorite stuffed animal sitting beside him to "help" study spelling words, or if she has a "magic thinking hat" to wear when stumped by a math problem.

Computer Smarts
A few additional ergonomic guidelines should be followed when your child works at a computer. The monitor should be level with his head, and it should be directly in front of him, about 18 to 30 inches away. Make sure there's no glare falling on the screen or use an anti-glare screen, as glare causes eyestrain. If your child is very young, consider getting a kid-sized keyboard and mouse or switching to a trackball, as little hands often have trouble using these adult-sized components.

Necessary Stuff
Once you've got the space and furniture covered, stock up on basic supplies. For younger children, also include arts and crafts materials. For older children, include a dictionary, thesaurus, and an atlas. Use colorful jars to hold supplies, or for a portable option, use plastic stackable cubes or even a sturdy shoebox.

For kids working at a common area such as the kitchen table, bringing out the "homework supplies" is also a great way to indicate that study time has begun. The other essential item for all ages is a wall calendar where your child can record assignment due dates and other important information.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions - Fumiko Futamura


Have you ever come across an oddly stretched image on the sidewalk, only to find that it looks remarkably realistic if you stand in exactly the right spot? These sidewalk illusions employ a technique called anamorphosis — a special case of perspective art where artists represent 3D views on 2D surfaces. So how is it done? Fumiko Futamura traces the history and mathematics of perspective.

Lesson by Fumiko Futamura, animation by TED-Ed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

8 Steps to Tutoring Success



After you’ve decided to seek help, what’s next?
 
Ignoring a child's school problems or waiting too long to seek help perpetuates a cycle of frustration and failure. Here, an eight-step plan:

Step 1: Reality Check

When you or the teacher identify a problem, take a step back and consider the whole child. "Many factors could account for a child's falling behind. Rushing to hire a tutor should be the last thing you do," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., co-author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. "Instead of slapping a Band-Aid on the problem, be a diagnostician and figure out the cause.”

"Your child could be tired," says Hirsh-Pasek. "Maybe he needs to go to sleep earlier, and you need to better enforce bedtime rules. Maybe he's not doing well because he's being dragged down by having too many high-fat snacks or fast-food meals. Or maybe he can't complete his homework because he's overscheduled and exhausted from too many extracurricular activities."

Step 2: Get Perspective

Talk to your child as well as his teacher or guidance counselor for their perception of the problem. Does he hand in homework assignments on time? Does he fidget in class or lose focus when the teacher talks? Does he seem unhappy or uninterested in school in general? Is his behavior disruptive in class? Lack of motivation or acting-out behaviors may be a sign that a child is having difficulty either understanding or processing information. Sometimes simply moving a child to a smaller class can make a difference. If that is not possible, ask if he can move his seat to the front row right near the teacher, which may prevent his attention from wandering.

Step 3: Consider the Best Setting

Once you've decided to find tutoring help, you need to determine what form it should take. Some children feel more comfortable working privately with a tutor in their own home; others are motivated by the dynamics of a small group and concentrate more easily when they are away from the distractions at home. They might benefit from a study group or supplemental class at a learning center. Also ask yourself: Does my child do better with men or women? Does he need lots of nurturing or a firm hand?

Step 4: Ask for Referrals

Whether you decide that a once-a-week meeting with a homework helper (say, an older student or moonlighting teacher) is sufficient, or that intensive remediation makes more sense, keep in mind that tutoring is only as good as the person who does it. Check with your child's teacher, the school office, and other parents for names of qualified tutors. Schools may have a list of tutors who work regularly with students, and may even be familiar with the teachers and course curriculum. Your school may also offer some sort of academic help — before, during, or after school.

Step 5: Meet and Greet

Meet the tutor or visit the learning center with your child so he feels a part of the process and you can see if there's a rapport between him and the tutor. Sit in on one or two sessions to be sure. Since anyone can advertise in the local newspaper that he's a tutor, check credentials. Your tutor should not only be knowledgeable in the subject matter, he should have experience working with children your child's age. If your child has a learning disability, the tutor should be trained to identify and work with youngsters with this specific problem.

Step 6: Discuss Plans

A skilled tutor does more than simply check over homework. She will assess your child's strengths and weaknesses, prepare individualized lessons, and use hands-on materials wherever possible. She should also consult and work with your child's classroom teacher. Finally, she should offer positive reinforcement so your child feels good about himself and his efforts. Ask if the tutor gives additional homework besides your child's regular classroom work as well as how she evaluates progress. Does she use standardized tests or other forms of evaluation? How often?

Step 7: Set a Timetable for Progress

Most tutoring relationships last several months to a year (meeting once or twice a week). Don't wait that long before asking for feedback. Talk to your child and the tutor after every session. Does she enjoy the sessions? Are her grades improving? Does she have more confidence with the subject matter? Is she feeling better about school in general? This informal observation, combined with her teacher's input, will help you determine if the relationship is working. And if it's not? It can take several months for a child's performance to improve, but if you sense something is not working, don't be shy about discussing your concerns with the tutor. If he's not responsive, find someone new.

Step 8: Stay Involved

Parents are part of the tutoring equation. Your involvement is necessary to make it work. Make sure the tutor has the phone number or email address of your child's teacher, a copy of the textbook and curriculum she's using (request this from the teacher or guidance counselor), and your child's past tests so he can see areas of weakness. Finally, be sure to reinforce skills at home. Ask the tutor for suggestions, look for ways to fit in real-world practice (cooking together is great for both math and reading), and don't forget to share books and stories often.

Article Source: Scholastic.com

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to Master Your Sense of Smell - Alexandra Horowitz


Some perfumers can distinguish individual odors in a fragrance made of hundreds of scents; tea-experts have been known to sniff out the exact location of a particular tea; and the NYC Transit Authority once had a employee responsible only for sniffing out gas leaks. But can anyone learn to smell with the sensitivity of those experts? Alexandra Horowitz shares three simple steps to a better nose.

Lesson by Alexandra Horowitz, animation by Black Powder Design.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Founder's Message - The Academy of 21st Century Learning




The Academy of 21st Century Learning transforms lives by uniting the academic standards of reading, writing, math, science, foreign language, and study skills with creativity, leadership, art, and music.

By focusing these abilities through curriculum targeted to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, our students will become much more competitive when seeking higher educational opportunities and competing in the global marketplace.

Conveniently located in the Nut Tree Center in Vacaville, and serving the needs of students and families from locations throughout Solano and Yolo Counties (Fairfield, Winters, Woodland, Dixon, Suisun, and Davis). The Academy is a new place for learning! Our energetic instructors, many with degrees from UC Davis, provide expert and state-of-the-art, STEM-based tutoring. We are also proud to offer summer programs, counseling, SAT/ACT prep, and many other academic services to our students from Kindergarten through High School.

Come join us and be a part of the fun and excitement at The Academy!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What’s So Great About the Great Lakes? - Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys


The North American Great Lakes — Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior — are so big that they border 8 states and contain 23 quadrillion liters of water. They span forest, grassland, and wetland habitats, supporting a region that’s home to 3,500 species. But how did such a vast and unique geological feature come to be? Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys takes us all the way back to the Ice Age to find out.

Lesson by Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys, animation by TED-Ed.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

When to Hire a Tutor for Your Child


We all want our children to do well in school, but sometimes – despite our best efforts – they just need a little extra help.

Monday, January 9, 2017

How To Help Kids Focus On Homework - Susan Stiffelman, MFT



Susan Stiffelman, MFT Author and Therapist, shares advice for parents on the best way to help improve your child's focus on homework.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Can You Solve the Counterfeit Coin Riddle? - Jennifer Lu


You’re the realm’s greatest mathematician, but ever since you criticized the Emperor’s tax laws, you’ve been locked in the dungeon. Luckily for you, one of the Emperor’s governors has been convicted of paying his taxes with a counterfeit coin, which has made its way into the treasury. Can you earn your freedom by finding the fake? Jennifer Lu shows how.

Lesson by Jennifer Lu, animation by Artrake Studio.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reasons Why Your Child May Be Struggling in School



Parents tend to get very frustrated when they find out their child is struggling in school. They try to do everything they possibly can to help, but sometimes it’s not enough. Many different factors can affect your child’s performance in school. For example:

Vision problems

Children with vision problems have frequent headaches, have a hard time reading, often sit right in front of the TV, and in school can barely see the blackboard. Vision problems can keep a child from excelling in school. Correcting vision problems can make a world of difference in your child’s academic performance.


Learning/Behavioral disabilities

If your child has a learning disability, they may have trouble remembering things, may be socially isolated, have trouble following directions, may be anxious, and sometimes violent. The most common learning disabilities are ADHD and dyslexia..

Environmental factors

Not being socially accepted in school can damage a child’s self esteem. Problems at home such as abusive parents, absent parents, a divorce, death in the family can negatively influence a child’s performance in school. Many children will keep what is bothering them to themselves. Even if they don’t say anything, they are well aware of what is happening at home. If you’re having a stressful situation at home, talk to your child about their concerns and most importantly listen.

Boredom

Highly intelligent children who are always ahead of in class assignments may have a hard time staying focused due to their boredom. Kids start to lose interest in learning if they are not being academically challenged. Seeking the help of a professional tutor will help your child become interested in learning again by introducing him to new concepts that will intellectually stimulate his mind.