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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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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.
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/
As school begins winding down for a well-deserved winter break, we’ve put together some ideas to keep the kids busy while school is out – and maybe even learning a little!
Our December newsletter features:
A report card can create feelings of pride, happiness and excitement for many parents. It can also produce feelings of anxiety and frustration for those who are surprised by their child's grades.
Minimize your chances of "report card surprise" by ensuring regular communication with your child and your child's teachers throughout the school year - and not just at report card time.
To help families to avoid surprises when report cards come out, Langley Sylvan Learning offers this short video filled with tips. Have a look!
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!
The school year is now well underway, and many students are busy with assignments, essays, and tests. All of us at Langley Sylvan Learning hope that your child’s year is progressing smoothly!
To help make the most of the year, we’ve put together a newsletter that’s filled with learning tips, reading recommendations, and more. Articles include:
Thirty Metro Vancouver high school students successfully completed their work on this year’s CBC Newsday initiative. Under the mentorship of award-winning producers, journalists, and columnists, these student reporters ‘took over’ the CBC airwaves and the pages of The Vancouver Sun, covering issues that mattered most to them.
The 30 finalists were selected from hundreds of applicants after two days of auditions. Sylvan Learning is proud to support their further studies by providing each finalist with a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education!
To see the results of the students’ hard work, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/bc/newsday/
You can also go behind-the-scenes with Sylvan Learning’s blogger, Tiffani, who chronicled her experiences here: http://tutoringbc.ca/blog/
Langley Sylvan Learning congratulates everyone on a job well done!
Chk ur writing skillz b4 u go 2 skool :)
Millions of children (and adults!) use language like this to chat with friends and family on email, Twitter, instant messaging (IM), and texts. It’s important though, that this informal style of shortened words, improper grammar, lack of punctuation and use of “emoticons,” doesn’t follow students into the classroom.
This style of writing isn’t completely bad, since it does encourage students to write more often. It also challenges children to carefully choose their words, keep it simple and use relatively few words to convey tone and meaning appropriately. However, writing for the classroom must be grammatically correct, with full words and proper sentence structure.
Here are some ways you can help your children to boost their writing skills and shift into an academic-style of writing:
Talk to children about using different writing styles to communicate with different audiences. While it’s okay to close a text with “C ya” to a friend, it is not okay to include this slang in homework assignments. Remind them that formality is required in school.
Help them to avoid using an informal style of writing too often. Introduce them to online journaling or Web sites that publish children’s poems, letters, editorials, essays or stories. Remember, a healthy combination of both styles can provide the best writing experience for your child.
Review schoolwork for IM and email-style language. Encourage your children to write properly and take the time to carefully review assignments several times before submitting them to the teacher. Review your child’s homework to ensure he or she is not using shortcuts or slang.
Create a writing zone. Whether writing on a computer or with a notebook and pencil, it’s important that your child has a well-organized place to write. Set up an area in your home for writing - a desk or table with a flat surface and good lighting. Make sure the area is free from potential distractions and that writing tools, including a dictionary, paper and pens, are at your child’s fingertips.
Encourage your child to read. Read with your child at least 15 minutes per day – or one hour per week – since reading will help teach children about sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary. Reading and writing support each other and good readers become good writers. The more your child does of each, the better she will be at both.
Does your child need to sharpen his or her writing skills? Contact Langley Sylvan Learning today for information on how we can help!
At its March 12 meeting, Langley's board of education voted to keep its existing school calendar, with regular summer holidays. This is effective for three years, beginning in 2013/14.
The board had recently consulted with the community about changing to a more balanced school calendar. Seventy-six percent of people surveyed wanted to keep the status quo. Only 14% supported a three-week spring break and three-week winter break, and 10% supported year-round schooling.
Are you glad that students will continue to have regular summer holidays instead of year-round schooling? Visit our Langley Sylvan Learning page on Facebook and let us know!
Some schools in the United States are no longer teaching cursive writing. Now, the debate is starting in Canada. Is it still important for children to learn to write by hand, considering how much we now rely on e-mail, typing, and texting?
Here’s an interesting story from CTV News on the subject:
Is it time to stop teaching cursive handwriting? (CTV)
Do you think there is value in learning cursive writing? Please visit our Langley Sylvan Learning page on Facebook and let us know your thoughts!
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:
The Atlantic Monthly published an article discussing the benefits of a return to traditional instruction in writing.
“The Writing Revolution” tells the story of how one of the lowest-performing high schools in the United States has reintroduced the teaching of formal, analytical writing skills. It’s a movement away from teaching writing through creative expression, personal narratives, and memoirs.
To help struggling students, the school overhauled curriculum and placed an intense focus on writing skills in nearly every academic subject.
The results? Students who mastered grammar, sentence structure, and essay writing went on to improve in all academic subjects.
You can read about the ‘writing revolution’ here. Do you think schools should focus on analytic writing over creative expression? Please share your thoughts with us on Facebook.
Grade Three is one of the most important years in a child’s schooling. By this point, students are expected to have mastered the ability to read, and must now “read to learn”.
As revealed in the Time Magazine article “Why Third Grade is So Important: The ‘Matthew Effect’”, a recent study found that “struggles in third grade lead to the ‘fourth grade slump’”.
In Grade Three, students are often given fact-filled texts to read about history, science, and other subjects. Strong readers will begin absorbing knowledge while those who are struggling to read will become frustrated.
Fortunately, parents can help their children catch up by giving them the reading skills they need to succeed. “Most important is taking action,” notes the article, “And not assuming that reading problems will work themselves out.” The article suggests that individualized learning plans are an ideal solution for children who need help with reading.
Take a look at the article here.
Have you noticed that reading skills impact performance in Grade Three? Let us know on Facebook!