If you pursue happiness, it will elude you. If you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
Parents often ask us, “What is the best school system for my child?” Two college professors and a local newspaper got together and decided to try to answer this very question. They recently released the Dreamschool Finder online tool to help parents decide what public school system is in fact best. What Y3K Tutor In Your Home towns made the list? Check back tomorrow!
One major Common Core change is in the pace of math taught in the early grades. Teachers now cover fewer topics but in greater depth. The goal is to achieve mastery of the basics early on. The theory is that previously schools throughout America taught too much, too soon. The controversy lies in the fact that for some advanced students they are in essence being held back from their full potential. Some can learn more quickly than others and this system appears to teach to the middle. What do you think?
Having a ton of homework can be overwhelming for a student. Students (and adults) may be paralyzed with fear as to how to get all of the homework completed. Have your child identify and start the hardest assignments first. This way their brain will be the least tired and most focused.
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“Y3K Tutor In Your Home has been a great support system for my son from elementary school through middle school. Helping him not only with the actual schoolwork but the organizational skills that it will take to be successful in school. My son looks forward to his sessions and plans out what he wants to work on so that he will get the maximum benefit. The tutor (who also happens to be the owner) is always willing to help him out in anything. He really knows my son. He also knows how to motivate and get my son back on task. The owner’s flexibility and support has really helped my son learn to enjoy school and not dread it. I would absolutely recommend Y3K Tutor In Your Home for anyone looking for a tutor.”
– H. B.
Pollard Middle School, High Rock School & Hillside Elementary School – Needham, MA Parent
There has been a push by some to extend the school day. They call it ELT (Extended Learning Time). There is a growing backlash from parents that in fact find this to be a bad idea. They maintain that longer school days cut into family time, sports, theater activities and tire out kids. Those promoting this idea tend to be wealthy philanthropy organizations with big ideas about education and trying to push their ideas on middle class families who are on the receiving end. Kids need a chance to unwind and have free play. A 6-7 hour school day is more than enough time to get everything done that they should be doing. What do you think?
Many kids need to make mistakes before they can take full responsibility for their schoolwork and belongings. The best way is to review what is the right way of doing something and provide reminders. However do not rescue them by doing the task for them. They will learn from their mistakes.
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As students return to biology classes, many feel anxiety over being forced to dissect animals. If this is an issue for your child, we suggest the following:
1. See if your state protects your right to choose alternatives.
2. After finding out about their rights to opt-out of dissections, have your student talk with their teacher about the curriculum during the first few weeks of school. Have them ask the teacher about any planned dissection labs and if they will use animals and/or offer alternatives.
3. If they do want to opt-out, now is the best time to let teachers know that they will be choosing dissection alternatives so the teacher will have the opportunity to plan accordingly.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress. If you were not pleased with how any part of last school year went, contact us.