Getting Perspective

A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Early Planning Can Ease Back to School Woes

This is an ideal time of year – before the mad rush of school preparations - for parents to get their kids back into the habit of school.

Heading back to the classroom is a big adjustment for students psychologically. After a summer of watching television and playing games, waiting until the first official day of school can prove a cruel reality. Kids are more successful if parents kick-start things in August as opposed to September. Students, on average, lose about 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills over the three summer months. Children of low-income families experience an average summer loss in reading achievement of more than two months. Summer time gives students a chance to relax but all too often, especially for students with learning difficulties, school problems are forgotten about and these problems will resurface with the start of the school year.

There are many things that a family can do from creating an appropriate study space and routine to showing enthusiasm for the student’s work and rewarding them. If nothing more, parents can start talking to their kids about school now. Get them excited. Talk to them about seeing old friends, meeting new teachers and learning new things. These are all exciting prospects.

If you are thinking of hiring a tutor this year, start the ball rolling now to make sure you have help there when you need it most. You can contact Education Perspective at 617-694-5682 for more information.