Contact Information

Phone: (604) 532-0030
Fax: (604) 532-0080
Monday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

Does Your Child Need a Tutor?

Everyone needs a little help from time to time, and kids are no exception. 

All children can use extra support to stay on track, to get ahead, to challenge themselves, or to address an area of struggle.

Watch our brief video to find out if your child could benefit from a tutor:

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News

At Langley Sylvan Learning, we regularly monitor developments in education so that we can ensure our programs best help students succeed at school.

Please visit our News page regularly. We would like to serve as an educational resource to families in our community. In addition to posting news and happenings from Langley Sylvan Learning, we’ll share articles about developments in the B.C. education system or interesting trends in education.

We invited you to stay connected with us! For the latest news, special promotions and offers, as well as information about weather-related closures or delays at our centre, be sure to ‘like’ our LangleySylvan Learning page on Facebook.

Helping Kids to Avoid Distraction - CityTV Interview

How do we help kids to avoid distraction so that they can focus on studying and homework? Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa appeared on CityTV's Breakfast Television to discuss strategies for helping children to manage distraction.

We commonly think of distractions in the form of electronics, such as computers, tablets, cell phones, and video games. However, there are many other ways that children can be derailed from staying on task and learning, whether it's being tired and overscheduled, experiencing discord at school, or being surrounded by noise and other household activity during homework time.

Vijay offers helpful tips for parents, such as establishing a routine and creating a quiet space for homework. To watch the interview, please click here:
http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/3086449401001/

If your child needs extra support with reading, writing, math, or other subjects, our tutoring experts at Langley Sylvan Learning can help. Please give us a call to find out how we can create a personal learning plan that helps your child to get better grades and succeed at school.

Kids & Technology – Learning 101 Interview on CTV Morning Live

Technology is a big part of our children’s lives. With a world of information at our fingertips, it’s important to find a balance when it comes to kids and screen time.  

Sylvan Learning’s Vijay Dhanoa stopped by CTV Morning Live to discuss how to help children to manage technology. Here are some of the tips she suggested:

  • Set a time limit – homework first, and then fun
  • Discuss privacy rules – if you don’t talk to strangers in real life, don’t talk to strangers online!
  • Be a role model – as a parent, put down the gadget and avoid checking emails during family time
  • Engage children in other activities such as sports and board games
  • Be consistent with rules
  • Unplug now and then
Most schools are now integrating technology into the curriculum. Tech-savvy kids do have an advantage, but parents should be sure that technology is a positive force in their children's lives.

To watch Vijay's interview in its entirety, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=289814

Tune in each week to CTV Morning Live for more learning tips, brought to you by Sylvan Learning.

Our experts at Langley Sylvan Learning can help your child with homework, study skills and more - call us today for information on how to help your child get better grades and succeed at school. 

Building Your Child's Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a big part of language. The body of words that a child knows affects their reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.

How broad is your child's vocabulary? Sylvan Learning’s Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to discuss fun ways to help children to learn new words.

Some of her tips include:

  • Encourage your child to ask when he or she does not know what a word means. Explain the word in a simple way, and find ways to incorporate it into every day use.
  • Use the dictionary. Encourage older children to look up words in a dictionary.
  • Create flash cards. Put unfamiliar words on cards. You can also put these cards on a wall and when you reach a 'finish line', celebrate your child's accomplishments.
  • Make a family word journal. Everyone can take turns coming up with a "word of the week" that family members learn.
  • Sing. Rhythm and songs are a fun way to learn new words.
To watch the interview in its entirety, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=325060 

Is your child's vocabulary growing steadily? Can he or she use a variety of words when writing an essay or research paper? Our tutors can help your child to improve reading, writing, and vocabulary through a personal learning plan that makes learning fun! 

For more information on how we can help your child improve grades at school, please contact us at Langley Sylvan Learning.



Fun Ways to Encourage Reading

Summer is a great time to let your children relax, play, and recharge their batteries after all of their hard work during the school year.

It's important to keep children reading, however. Reading is an important core skill that impacts all subjects at school. It's critical that students do not get out of practice with the extended break from school.

Sylvan Learning’s Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to discuss some creative ideas to get children reading this summer. Check out her ideas -- reading doesn't always have to be a quiet and solitary activity!

  • Encourage children to read aloud to siblings, grandparents, and friends
  • Record an audio book with different family members playing different characters
  • Act out a favourite story
To watch the interview in its entirety on the CTV website, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=393896

If you'd like to find out how our teachers at Langley Sylvan Learning can help your child to improve reading skills to ensure a successful start to school in September, please contact us at the centre.

Keep up the Learning During Summer Break

Just because it's summer doesn't mean the learning has to stop!

Your child can catch up, keep up, or get ahead this summer with Langley Sylvan Learning. Our personalized approach can identify the exact skills or knowledge your child needs to have the academic edge at school in the fall. And, our enthusiastic teachers make it fun so that kids are excited about learning.

Contact Deby or Elizabeth today at Langley Sylvan Learning at (604) 532-0030. Find out how an investment in learning during the summer break can make a big difference when school begins again in September. 



Focus on Kindergarten

This fall, hundreds of young children in Langley and Cloverdale will enter school for the first time. Yes, it's time for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for kids as they take their first steps into formal education.

Is your child prepared? There are a few things that parents can do to help smooth a child's transition to the classroom.

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to talk about how parents can use the summer to ensure their kids are up to the challenge of Kindergarten. It's not just about counting to ten and reciting the alphabet. She discusses active listening skills, social skills, reading readiness, and more.

To watch Vijay's interview, please click here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=382454
 
Langley Sylvan Learning can help to ensure your child has the skills and confidence to succeed in the early years of their education. If you have questions about reading readiness or other Kindergarten skills, please give us a call. We'd be happy to help give your child the very best start possible at school!

Banishing Boredom This Summer - CTV Morning Live Interview

While children look forward to summer break with excitement, at some point during their time off school, they'll come to you and say: "I'm bored!"

It's only natural that this happens. During the school year, their days are filled with structure and routine. How do you keep your child busy in the summer?

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa has 10 fantastic ideas, and she recently visited the set of CTV Morning Live to share her suggestions with parents. These ideas are perfect for those times that your child comes to you saying, "I have nothing to do!"

Here are some of her tips:

  • Get creative: Ask your child to organize a concert, play or recital with friends.
  • Build a sense of community: Get to know your neighbours, and have your child help with errands or yard work.
  • Start a book club: Your child will be inspired to read if friends are involved.
  • Set ultra-goals: Hike 100 miles or swim 1,000 laps.
  • Plant a garden: Give your child a plot of land, some seeds, and a budget, and see what he or she can create.
For five more great ideas, watch Vijay's CTV Morning Live interview here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=378416

Does Your Child Have a Hobby?

It's important for children to focus on school, but there are advantages to having a hobby that keeps kids engaged during downtime:

  • It gives kids time to do what they love
  • It teaches dexterity and fine motor skills
  • It helps children develop relationships with friends that have the same interests
  • It allows them to have fun without competition or pressure
Whether it's knitting, cooking, rock collecting or fishing, introduce your child to a variety of activities to see what piques their interest!

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa chatted with CTV Morning Live about the benefits of hobbies and how parents can encourage their children to discover hidden interests and talents. 

To watch the interview, please visit the CTV website:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=353007

Sylvan in the News: Fast Company

Sylvan Learning was profiled in Fast Company for successfully adapting to the online learning revolution. We've digitized our learning curriculum, outfitted centres with iPad technology, and launched the SylvanPlay learning apps.

Read more here: Fast Company article

The Importance of Play - CTV Morning Live Interview

Many of us remember our parents encouraging us to "go outside and play" when we were young. With homework, extra-curricular activities and screen time filling up today's busy schedules, do our own children receive enough unstructured playtime?  

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to talk about the importance of play and how it benefits children's learning. Allowing children to play on their own encourages them to:

  • make their own games and rules
  • be creative
  • develop social relationships
  • cooperate
  • resolve conflict
  • learn through experience 
It also helps them to get exercise and burn off energy, leaving them better rested and ready to learn.

To watch the interview in its entirety, please visit the CTV website:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=331128

Helping Your Child to Develop the Skills Essential to Success - CTV Morning Live Interview

Is your child's backpack a mess? Did he or she do poorly on an assignment because of not reading the questions properly?

The right study techniques are essential to a child's success in school and in life. Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to talk about helping kids to develop the study skills needed to do well.

Some of the skills she discussed include:

Following directions: Some children do poorly on homework or exams because they did not follow a teacher's oral or written instructions. 

Organization: Show your child how to check if he or she has everything needed in their backpack for school the next day. Are binders well-organized, or are notes stuffed in random order?

Avoiding distractions: Multi-tasking at study time doesn't work!

Working with others: Children need to know how to share ideas, take turns, and work as part of a group or team.

To watch Vijay's interview in its entirety, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=316602

Langley Sylvan Learning offers programs designed specifically to help children improve their study skills. Call us for more information.

Improving Your Child's Conversational Skills - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Communication skills are so important in school, work and life. Can your child ask interesting questions, make appropriate comments, and carry on a conversation?

Sylvan Learning's Penny Loome visited CTV Morning Live to discuss 10 tips to help children improve their conversation skills. Here are some of her suggestions:

  • Start early to build vocabulary and encourage a joy of language
  • Listen to what your child has to say
  • Ask open-ended questions to stimulate discussion
  • Sing - it develops verbal skills and memory
To see Penny's interview in its entirety, please click here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=290411

For more tips from our local Sylvan Learning experts, visit Learning 101 on the CTV website.  

How to Ace Parent-Teacher Conferences: CTV Morning Live Interview

It's time to sit down face-to-face with your child's teacher. If you're not sure how to approach the meeting, don't worry! Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to discuss how to make the most of parent-teacher conferences.

Here are some of Vijay's suggestions:

  • Be ready with questions.
  • Don't get defensive if the teacher suggests there is room for improvement. Ask how you can help.
  • Follow up with your child.
  • Stay in touch with the teacher throughout the year.
  • Ask for assistance if there is a language barrier.
To view the segment in its entirety, or to see other tips from our local Sylvan Learning experts, please visit CTV's Learning 101 website: 
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/more/learning-101

Balancing School & Sports: Interview with CTV Morning Live

Whether it's soccer, hockey, gymnastics or swimming, many children in the Langley and Cloverdale area are involved in sports. Depending how competitive the sport is, children may be required to attend practices, games, training sessions, and competitions. It can be challenging for a child to do it all, while maintaining focus on school.

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa returned to CTV Morning Live to talk about how to help kids balance school and sports. Here are some of the tips she suggested:

  • Set goals from the beginning, and be clear that school takes priority 
  • Have a schedule and be organized
  • Study for the big math test first, and then attend practices or games
  • Don't take on too many activities - choose one
  • Apply the skills learned in sports to school - practice makes perfect, and keep your eye on the ball (that is, stay focused!)
  • Cheer for both: attend your child's science fair as well as their games
Watch Vijay's interview by clicking here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=290874

Does your child need help staying on top of homework, exams, and assignments? Our teachers at Langley Sylvan Learning can help your child to stay organized, keep up with their school work, and even to get ahead. Please contact us for details.


Overcoming Math Anxiety - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Do you have a child that's anxious about math? Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa was on CTV Morning Live to explain how children develop math anxiety, and the best ways to help them to overcome their fears and to master those math skills.

Math anxiety often stems from a negative learning experience when a child did not fully understand a concept. Because the skill was not mastered, the child was unable to move on to other concepts while classmates did. As the work became harder, confidence dropped, and anxiety increased.

The key to helping a student to move forward is to fill in the gaps in foundational skills. Find a teacher, study buddy, or professional tutor that can walk your child through the concept step by step. Patience and kindness are extremely important: the child must be comfortable enough to ask as many questions as needed.

If your child is struggling in math, Langley Sylvan Learning can help to identify the particular skills that your child needs. We can personalize a learning plan that will help your child to master these concepts to make math homework easier, build confidence, and most importantly, to turn those C’s into A’s. Call us today for more information.

To watch the interview on the CTV website, please click here: bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=282416

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Tune in to CTV Morning Live each week for Learning 101, brought to you by Sylvan Learning!

In the first segment of the series, Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa talks to CTV Morning Live co-host Ann Luu about understanding your child's learning style.

Most students use all of their senses to learn; however, they usually prefer one. Kids learn best when instruction is tailored to their preferred learning style.

Visual learners learn best by seeing. They prefer to watch demonstrations and study their environment. Visual learners like to take notes, use highlighters and graphic organizers, and study charts, maps, graphs. Pictures, cartoons and illustrations will help them to remember information.

Auditory learners learn best by hearing or listening. They prefer to talk about a situation, express emotions verbally and enjoy listening. Auditory learners should record information, listen to recorded content, verbalize information and read out loud. Songs and rhymes and recitation techniques will also help.

Tactile learners learn best by doing. They prefer to be involved in learning and will fidget and find reasons to move. Give them ways to stay active such as squeezing a stress ball, rolling a pencil between the fingers, frequently changing body position, and taking breaks. They learn well when actually doing the work, such as a hands-on experiment.

To watch Vijay’s interview on CTV, click the video link below:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=273420

If you would like more information on how to best help your child to learn, please contact us at Langley Sylvan Learning at (604) 532-0030.

Sylvan Learning on Breakfast Television!

CityTV recently interviewed Sylvan Learning's very own Vijay Dhanoa. Vijay is Centre Director of one of our Sylvan locations in Metro Vancouver (Surrey), and she appeared on Breakfast Television.

Vijay shared many helpful tips for parents on making learning fun. She touched on topics from limiting screen time to encouraging reading, and motivating children that are struggling at school. She also discusses how having a tutor can be daunting to some children, but how Sylvan Learning makes the experience personal.

To view the Breakfast Television clip, please click here: http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/2864935440001/

Join Our Community of Parents on Facebook

Did you know that Langley Sylvan Learning has a Facebook page? It’s a community where parents can connect and exchange ideas about education, kids and technology, and parenting.

Here are the top 5 reasons to “like” us on Facebook!

  1. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings from Langley Sylvan Learning, including events, seminars, or weather-related closures.
  2. Find out about news related to the Langley School District and issues of interest to families in our community.
  3. Be the first to learn about special promotions and offers! 
  4. Discover helpful learning tips, trends, and interesting facts from the education world.
  5. Exchange ideas and opinions with other parents!
What’s coming up next? Don’t miss out! Be sure to like our Langley Sylvan Learning page:
www.facebook.com/LangleySylvan

New Direction for K-12 Curriculum in B.C.

The B.C. Ministry of Education has been consulting with stakeholders on how to deliver the K-12 curriculum to meet student needs in the 21st century.

According to the Ministry, teachers feel that B.C.’s curriculum has “too many prescribed learning outcomes,” which is a list of what students must learn in each grade and subject.

The consultations suggest that reducing those outcomes will give teachers more time and flexibility to allow students to explore their interests and passions.

The Ministry will now look at developing a new curriculum to allow for more personalized instruction.

Here are some links to learn more:

What do you think of the Ministry's move to reduce prescribed learning outcomes in B.C.? Visit our Langley Sylvan Learning page on Facebook and let us know!