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Top 5 Back To School Tips For Parents

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At this time where many schools are in session, kids find it difficult switching from the summer holiday enjoyment back to their normal school routine. Starting the new school year can bring along great excitement as well as anxieties. Parents who take part in their children’s education can help calm their fears and also make a huge difference in their academic success.
The following, however, are few tips to help parents in making this experience a better one:
As you read through, consider how you can personally use this information in helping your kid, sibling, relative or even a friend to ease their back to school stress.
Get The Children To Bed On Time. During the summer, children aren’t always on a schedule. But, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your child get used to the back-to-school routine: start the transition now to earlier wake-up times and bedtimes.
Communicate With Teachers And The School. Contact your child’s teachers at the start of th…

Back to School Tips for Parents

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Your family has had a fun, busy summer. Now that school is just a few weeks away, how can you best prepare your children for their school routine without cutting short their summer fun? 
Transitioning from summer vacation to school is not an easy process for most children. It's important that students have a period of 10-14 days to readjust. To be effective, it must be a gradual process to undo their recent habit and to reset their internal clocks for the coming school year.
Parents must realize that after a long summer, most students need to reset their biological clocks. A lack of sleep can adversely affect performance, attention span, and physical health.  Parents need to make sure their children go to bed earlier each night.
The following steps can help you and your children prepare to go back to school and to excel in the upcoming school year. 1. Establish a Regular Bedtime Schedule. 
If your family does not maintain the habit of a normal sleep time year-round, then a few weeks b…

How To Build Independent Reading Skills During Vacation

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During the past school days, your child’s school has been busy supporting and encouraging independent reading to build your child’s fluency, vocabulary, and enjoyment for reading.
But vacation is here now and it is perfectly important for you as a parent to find out how to support your child at home to continue building on these skills. For every summer break, there’s good news and a bad news. The bad news is that; children can lose up to three months of reading progress over the summer months. But the good news is; parents, private tutors and caregivers can stop this from happening. Research has shown that students who read 21 minutes per day outside of school reads almost two million words per year, whereas a student who reads less than a minute per day outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 words per year. What a huge difference 20 minutes can make in a child’s reading skills, and in their life. The first activity parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, babysitters and…

The Best Thing To Do During Long Vacation

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Long vacation (summer break) is a great season that everybody awaits passionately for its arrival. Schools are on vacation during this period. Children take time to relax at home. However, indulging in excess relaxation and fun can lead to reading loss as research has shown.
During long vacation, most kids are thinking of sleeping in and playing in the pool. Parents are occupied attempting to keep their kids busy and teachers are concerned about not preparing their students adequately enough for the upcoming year. I reality, however, all are fighting braindrain. Research has shown that students experience learning loss when they are not taking part in active education. Enrolling in vacation programs is an excellent way of forestalling such vacation losses. This will serve as a continuation of their academic pursuit and also help them to avoid indulging in unsuitable behaviors associated with this long break.
Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or study infrequently du…

Preventing Kids Brain Drain On Vacation

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The vacation brain drain is a serious issue for children of all ages, but the stakes are much higher for kids in high school. With IGCSE, SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, MAT, GMAT, MIS, WASSCE, BECE, and other high-demand academic requirements, high schoolers can little afford to return to school having lost 2-3 months of academic skills.
Fortunately, this brain drain can be substantially or completely reversed if children participate in meaningful learning over the course of their various vacations.
Meaningful learning doesn’t necessarily mean your child needs to attend summer school or spend each day of the vacation hunched over a book. There are all sorts of fun and creative ways that you can use to keep your child’s mind active. Many of these methods make learning fun so that your child won’t even realize that he or she is learning!
Take Advantage of Teachable Moments Keeping your children engaged in learning doesn’t have to be forced, nor does it have to take up a lot of their time or yours.…

Are your kids’ brain drain?

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While some schools have moved to year-round schedules, most still adhere to the traditional nine-month calendar, with shorter vacations (winter and spring breaks) and a lengthy Long vacation (summer breaks).
These vacations offer much-needed relief from school, but even spring break, which is typically only a week, can have a measurable negative impact on a child’s mental acuity. At 10-12 weeks, summer vacation can result in a substantial brain drain that can significantly impact your child’s education.
What is Brain Drain?

Learning changes the brain. Every time you learn something, there are nerve cells that are making connections and they can strengthen or weaken those connections, So when you're learning, you’re strengthening those connections in the brain at a microscopic level. But if you're not using that information, over time those connections will weaken. Those weakened connections are referred to as the "brain drain," a concept that has been studied since the l…