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Keep Social and Study Time Separate During Summer Session

5 ways to keep social and study time separate during summer session

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Some students will be attending a summer session at their local college with several of their friends. Although this can make the summer more enjoyable, it’s important to separate friendship from academic activities. During summer school it’s important to think about the importance of education and how to make it a priority without losing valuable friendships. One of the best ways to do this is just to keep socialization and study time separate but, of course, that’s easier said than done – Our private San Diego summer tutors will help your child keep social and study time separate during summer session.

1) Group study

Group study can be difficult because classmates often distract each other more than they help each other complete the assignment. It’s best to set boundaries, break up tasks, and set reasonable goals when it comes to group study sessions. If somebody isn’t holding up their end of the assignment, it can be easy just to let it slide because they’re a friend but this can result in a lower grade overall. Successful summer study groups have members who are similarly motivated, appreciate one another’s strengths and weaknesses, and get along in general.

2) Living at home during the summer

Most college students live at home during the summer, so they won’t be distracted by campus activities. However, students can still be distracted by neighborhood friends and local social activities. If a student is taking online summer classes, they should keep that separate from plans with friends and set aside enough time to complete summer assignments. If a student commutes to their local college, they should consider studying at the library, which will be pretty quiet during July and August (READ: Tips From an Irvine Math Tutor: Focus on Math Over Summer Break).

3) Summer classes

Many students don’t get to choose their electives during the year because their top choices are full. This obstacle is nearly eliminated during the summer because most students choose to go home or just take a break from academics. It’s really important for students to take electives they think will help them prepare for their career or explore potential major fields of study and summer is the perfect time to do just that. Students should pick electives regardless of what courses their friends are taking so they can social network with people in their field.

4) Social study

Study groups are a great help when it comes to getting tough university level assignments completed, and there’s no reason why students can’t be members of multiple study groups. Perhaps they study with a few super smart classmates so they can ace their summer science course and then meet up with some good friends and work on separate assignments at the university coffee shop. It’s important to study with motivated and successful classmates, whether or not they happen to be good friends.

5) Balance

If summer session students start to feel like they’re putting a ton of effort towards academics and don’t have any friends in their classes, it’s important they set aside some time away from school to socialize. Although the primary purpose of a summer session is to learn and prepare for a career, it’s also important to just sit back and relax once in awhile. Students can get together with friends and grab a bite to eat or go to the beach. Spending a little bit of time off campus can help give students perspective and allow them to have a well-balanced summer experience.

Is your child struggling to balance his/her social and study time? Our private, in-home San Diego summer tutoring will help them focus and succeed at their goals.

Help Your Kid Learn to Love Reading and Writing

5 ways to help your kid learn to love reading and writing over the summer

Reading and writing are one of the most important things children can learn. Students learn these skills at different rates and may need a little bit of time to work on certain elements of reading comprehension or writing during the summer months. These tasks can either seem like a difficult chore or can be a really fun part of a student’s daily schedule depending on how they view reading and writing. There are lots of ways to help kids learn to love reading and writing over the summer so they can be successful during the school year and refine these important building blocks of learning – our experienced Los Angeles reading and English tutors will have your kids reading and writing at a higher level.

1. Age appropriate

Books and other texts should always be age-appropriate for a particular kid. If they happen to be a little bit behind their current grade level, they may need to read books that are at an easier level but still interesting for a child of their current age. If parents are struggling to find age-appropriate material they should talk to their kid’s classroom teacher or a librarian who can point them in the right direction. If a student is reading books they find to be too childish; they probably won’t love reading; the age-appropriate material is a really important element of their improvement.

2. An enjoyable environment

Sitting at a desk is not always the most comfortable environment to work on reading and writing skills. Kids might want to study in the kid’s section of the local library, on a comfy couch, or even outside under a tree in the shade. When kids are more comfortable, they tend to enjoy reading and writing and view it as something positive rather than an obligation they’ll try to avoid.

3. Make reading social

Reading and writing don’t have to be solitary activities. In fact, many students learn better in a social environment where they are encouraged by their peers and can share exciting learning experiences and goals. Younger students might go to story time at a local library or bookstore whereas older students might work on their writing skills at a local coffee shop or café with a few motivated friends. Although it’s great for reading and writing activities to be social it’s still important for students to have a quiet enough environment to be able to concentrate on the more challenging aspects of these core subjects.

4. A topic of their choice

Students avoid reading because they’re bored or disinterested in a particular topic. If students are going to read extensively over the summer they should be able to pick topics or subjects they are particularly interested in. Kids might be into dinosaurs and adventure books, or they might prefer to read about biographies or nonfiction. It’s essential for kids to be able to actively participate in their learning by choosing what they’ll read about, so they learn to love reading and education in general.

5. Combine reading and writing

Although reading and writing are separate subjects they’re actually heavily intertwined. Kids can learn to love these two subjects by working on them together. Perhaps students can write a summary paragraph after each chapter they read or create a magazine publication about a character in a book they admired. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand and so it’s important for students to learn where they connect so they can improve both of these important academic skills.

Our private Los Angeles reading and English tutors are here to help your kid succeed. Call us today for more information.

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Why Now is a Great time to Prep for the SAT in the Fall

Taking the SAT in the Fall: Why Now is a Great time to Prep

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Most students choose to take the SAT in the fall so they can start planning for college applications and have the opportunity to take the test a second time in the spring if need be. Unfortunately, fall is a busy time of year for high school students because they are not only adjusting back from summer break but are also focusing on starting new AP classes and writing personal statements for college applications. Students who prep for their SAT over the summer find that it’s easier to focus on this one important task when there are fewer distractions and obligations to get in the way – our private Irvine SAT tutors are here to help you prep over the summer.

1. Work with a one-on-one private tutor

Summer is a great time to work on improving your SAT score with a one-on-one private tutor who can come to the home and help college-bound students create an individualized plan for success. Without the distraction of other academic obligations, students can focus 100% on SAT prep and achieve their best possible score. During the school year, students are limited to working with a tutor after school hours and find that they’re already mentally drained from the school day. During the summer, however, students can work with their tutor any time of day and for the amount of time that suits the student’s academic plan.

2. Increase your score

Many students take a practice SAT only to find out they want to increase their score by a large number of points. It’s getting harder and harder to get into university these days and so students who reach their highest potential score are more likely to be accepted to the university of their choice. When students complete SAT prep for the summer, they have a much better chance of increasing their score and expanding their post-secondary opportunities.

3. Reach college goals

Most students have ‘safety,’ ‘target,’ and ‘reach’ schools. Safety schools are ones that students feel they can get into no matter what based on their current grades and SAT scores. Target schools are schools which students have a good chance of getting into and probably fit the average profile of an admitted student while reach schools are ones that are difficult for anyone to get into and would be the student’s ultimate dream college. When students focus on their SATs over the summer, they have a better chance of determining what will help them get a higher overall score and ultimately reach their college dreams (READ: 4 Great Ways to Study for the SAT this Fall).

4. Maintain a balance

It’s also important for students to be able to maintain a healthy work-life balance throughout the academic year. When students try to focus on college applications, AP classes, a part-time job, and SAT prep their free time dwindles down to nothing. However, the summer months offer a great opportunity to focus on just one fundamental academic goal while still having time for family, friends, or a summer job.

5. Leave time to focus on classroom assignments

When students wait to focus on their SAT prep during the school year, their grades in their classes can start to slip. They might become overwhelmed or just not have enough time to finish everything they need to get done. When students finish their SAT prep over the summer, they have the opportunity to focus 100% on important classroom assignments and make sure they’re getting excellent grades in their honors or AP courses.

Ask us about our summer Irvine test prep tutoring deals. Call us today for more information.

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TutorNerds’ Private Orange County Tutors in the Press

Our Private Orange County Tutors Share Their Expertise via Guest Posts

Here at TutorNerds, we believe that every student and parent should have access to quality education information and tips. That’s why, in addition to our blog, we encourage our experienced tutors to write for outside publications. As you know, our private Orange County tutors (we also have tutors in San Diego and Los Angeles) are full of useful information that can help students succeed in and out of the classroom. Our tutors love to help out parents as well, offering tips on how they can help their kids stay focused and get ahead on their studies. From test prep to study tips, our tutors have years of experience in how to do well in school and beyond.

Today, we are going to share a few guest articles from our Orange County English tutor Robyn Scott, who has written for many websites, including USA Today and College Recruiter. As an Orange County tutor and educator, Robyn has a tremendous amount of knowledge and insights to share when it comes to doing well in school. Robyn also contributes many of the posts on our blog, which we encourage our patrons to use as a supplemental resource for their Orange County tutoring sessions.

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5 Things Every Parent Should tell Their Kid’s Tutor Over The Summer (OC Mom Blog)

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In this article, Robyn focuses on how parents can make the most of summer tutoring for their kids. From goals to organizational issues, summer is the perfect time to communicate with your tutor.

How College Students Can Stay Sharp Over Summer Break (CollegeXpress)

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College is hard, which is why students use the summer break to relax and enjoy time off of studying and doing homework. College students should enjoy their time off, but they should also focus on staying sharp. Robyn offers a few tips on how they can have fun and stay sharp over summer break.

Voices: Remote educational technologies open doors across the globe (USA Today)

“Students and teachers have so many options these days when it comes to receiving or offering supplemental education services. They used to be limited to speaking in person or, perhaps, talking on the phone and sending the occasional e-mail that may sit in an inbox for several days.”

As you see, our experienced Orange County tutors have a lot of valuable knowledge to share. Sign up for your tutor today!

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Tips From an Irvine Math Tutor: Focus on Math Over Summer Break

5 Reasons to Focus on Math Over Summer Break – Irvine Math Tutoring

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Summer is in full swing and kids are enjoying outdoor activities and summer camp. Focusing on numbers is probably one of the last things on younger students’ minds right now, but there are lots of great reasons for students to focus on math over the summer break. Kids don’t need to spend every single day working on facts and figures, but a little bit of review can make their academic lives a lot easier once school starts up again in the fall. Whether a student is in 2nd grade or preparing to take college entrance exams, math is something best learned one concept at a time and with plenty of concentration – our private Irvine math tutors are here to help you get ahead on your studies..

1.  General review

Some students are great at math but forget basic formulas and building blocks over the summer. Doing just a little bit of review here and there can help younger students remember everything they learned in the previous year so they can be successful in the fall. Some teachers have a luxury of doing review the first month of school, but others are required to delve right into new concepts, which can be frustrating for students who don’t remember the formulas they memorized last spring.

2. Concentrate on a challenging topic

Math is one of the core subjects, and something students will utilize in many future careers, but it’s also one of the most difficult subjects. Often, students will understand math in general but will get tripped up over one or two different topics within their math courses. This leaves kids at a disadvantage because they become frustrated and don’t develop the skills they need to move on to the next concept. Students can work with a one-on-one tutor over the summer to help them master difficult concepts, so they feel confident and positive about math and can be successful throughout the year (READ: 5 Signs You Need a Math Tutor in College).

3. College prep

The SAT and ACT exams are pretty demanding when it comes to math competency. Students will need to know how to calculate a ton of different formulas, choose the best answer, and differentiate between different concepts. To make it even, harder students will be doing all of this while the clock ticks towards the end of the test. One of the best ways to make college prep level math easier is to work on it over the summer when students have enough time to concentrate on just one or two subjects. This will not only make life easier in the fall, but it will also give students an opportunity to reach their college dreams.

4. STEM

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Students who have a chance to work on math over the summer also perform better in classes that utilize STEM skills. There are so many college and career opportunities in STEM, but students will need to understand math at an advanced level to be successful in this broader range of topics.

5. Personal-finance

One of the best things students can do before they go off to college is learning how to manage their own money. Although they won’t need advanced math skills while still a college student, they should know the basics of personal finance. Students need to know the cause-and-effect of taking out student loans, managing their credit, and balancing a budget without the benefit of a full-time salary. Students who know even the basics of money management will have a lot easier time on campus because they won’t be worrying about how to pay tuition or buy groceries, allowing them to focus 100% of their energy towards their education and future career.

From pre-algebra to statistics, our private Irvine math tutors are here to help you get ahead this summer. Call us today to learn more.

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Improve Your Kid’s Writing Skills This Summer

Tips From an Irvine English Tutor: Five ways kids can improve their writing skills this summer

Summer is in full swing and kids are enjoying some time outside of the classroom. English and writing are probably two of the farthest things from their mind, but kids can benefit from improving their core subjects over the summer. Writing is one of the essential skills that kids will use throughout their education as well as in any career field they might choose. Written communication helps students express themselves creatively, get a clear point across to a classmate or teacher, and persuade the reader to agree with their point of view. Whether a young learner needs to catch up to grade level or wants to excel beyond their current capabilities, there are some great ways students can improve their writing skills over the summer – our in-home Irvine English tutors are here to improve your kid’s writing skills this summer.

1. Create a publication

Creative students enjoy creating their very own publication based on their current interests and curiosities. Perhaps they’re going to write a magazine about monster trucks or a book about every species of bird living in their home state. It doesn’t matter what kids write about but simply that they write. Kids can write a first and second draft, create pictures to go with their writing, ask parents or friends to read their publication, and increased their love of learning. When students write for fun, they’re more likely to enjoy the practical applications of the written word and want to pursue this intellectual task in the future.

2.  Write summaries

Most students have a reading list for the summer. One great way for students to get in a bit of writing practice is to write a summary after each chapter. They can discuss any growth or conflict the main characters had in that chapter, talk about important plot points, and ask questions about things they didn’t quite grasp. It’s important for students to go beyond the basic summary so they can expand their knowledge and make predictions about what will happen in the rest of the book.

3.  Work with a one-on-one tutor

Another great way for kids to increase their writing skills over the summer is to work with a one-on-one tutor. Many students excel in certain areas of writing but need some help with the basic mechanics. Lacking these skills can hold students back from communicating to their full ability and enjoying writing in general. When kids work with a one-on-one tutor in their home, they can focus only on what they need to improve and advance their skills quickly, moving on to other summer activities (READ: 5 Reasons to Hire a Los Angeles Summer Tutor).

4.  Expand vocabulary

A sure fire way to improve general writing skills is to expand a student’s vocabulary. Countless students will write reports or assignments using the same word over and over again. This becomes distracting to the reader and also stops the writer from producing effective communication. When students have a broad vocabulary they can be descriptive using varied language, keep the reader interested and start to attach emotional meaning to different words that are most appropriate for specific situations.

5.  Read for fun

Students who read tend to be better writers because the two subjects are directly connected. During the school year, students have myriad mandatory assignments, but the summer offers a unique opportunity for students to read about topics they love. Reading for fun increases the student’s ability to comprehend language as well as use it to express ideas. As long as students are reading books or articles at their current level, they should have a chance to choose what they want to read about. It’s not important if they read about something specific but simply that their reading skills improve consistently and that they continue to love reading rather than viewing it as a chore.

Summer is the perfect time of the year for your kid’s to improve their writing skills. Call us today and we will match you with an experienced Irvine English tutor from TutorNerds.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Los Angeles Tutor this Summer

5 Reasons to Hire a Private Los Angeles Tutor this Summer

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Summer is already in full swing and kids are enjoying a lot of time outdoors in the sunshine playing with family and friends. The four walls of the classroom are the farthest thing from their minds but, doing academics over the summer can be very helpful for some young students. Some students were falling behind during the school year while others may have lofty goals when it comes to applying to college. Whether students need to catch up or get ahead, working with a tutor over the summer can provide some benefits that make life easier now and in the future – our private Los Angeles summer tutors are here to help you catch up and stay ahead over break.

1.  Work at your own pace

One of the great things about working with a private tutor, during the summer or anytime, is that it allows students to work at their own pace without feeling rushed or having to wait for other kids in the class to catch up. Although summer school can be helpful, students will have to follow the pace set by the course provider that helps the majority of students who fall somewhere in the middle. On the other hand, some students just need help with one important aspect of learning, or they might need extensive help in every subject. When working with a private tutor, students can play a more active role in their supplemental education and talk about what learning strategies have worked for them in the past.

2. Focus on one subject

Working with a private tutor also allows the students to work on just the one subject they need to improve. For instance, maybe they were struggling with algebra during the school year but excelled in both English and science. When working with a one-on-one tutor, students can study algebra until they feel 100% confident that they will be ready for the school year this fall and spend the rest of their summer enjoying the outdoors (READ: Five Educational Activities For Your Kid this Summer).

3. Study in the comfort of your own home

Each student is different; some excel in a classroom environment while others prefer to tackle academic challenges in the comfort of their own home. Students who are a little bit shy and have trouble asking for help in the classroom can learn efficiently with the help of a one-on-one tutor. Additionally, students who are working on stressful subjects like SAT prep or college applications may feel a lot more relaxed in the peace of their home environment. Most private tutors will drive to the student’s home to make it easy and convenient for both the learner and their parents.

4. Tackle test prep

It’s a challenge for students to squeeze in their test prep in addition to every other subject they’re required to learn during the school year. Summer provides an excellent opportunity for students to get this difficult yet necessary task out of the way so they can achieve their best score when they take their SAT or ACT in the fall. Doing test prep over the summer with a private tutor also makes it easier for students to focus on their regular classroom subjects during the year because test prep won’t be taking up their free time.

5. Make up for lost time

Students who missed out for one reason or another during the school year will benefit from having a private tutor to help with academics over the summer. Some children lose a few days of school to illness or may have fallen behind because they didn’t understand the building blocks of a particular subject or topic. Being a little bit behind can become more and more of a problem as students get older so utilizing the summer to catch up is one of the best opportunities to stay at grade level and be successful in the long run.

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Five Educational Activities for Your Kid This Summer

Five educational activities for your kid this summer

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Summer is a great opportunity for kids to work on fun, hands-on educational projects that they don’t have a chance to complete during the school year. Many kids think of education as simply working on English and math assignments in the classroom, but there’s so much more to a well-rounded education. Kids who complete fun summer projects will be more motivated to learn and discover the world around them and be creative in general. Parents can also tailor such projects to meet their kids’ specific interests – book your private San Diego summer tutor today.

1.  Lego creations

Kids can do tons of fun things with Legos without even knowing that they’re learning. Although it just seems like a fun building project, kids can actually learn about structural engineering by creating a building, bridge, or any other creation that can stand up without falling. Kids can follow directions on the box or just start from scratch and learn from trial and error. Kids who like Legos can be entertained for hours and actually learn some valuable educational lessons by figuring out what they need to do to get their creation to defy gravity.

2.  A science project

There are tons of science projects parents can do with their kids this summer. Whether kids are collecting soil samples to determine what type of vegetables to grow in the back garden, dipping pennies in vinegar to see if they become clean and shiny once again, or creating a papier-mâché volcano and filling it with a baking soda mixture, science projects are hands-on, encourage tactile-based learning, teach teamwork, and help kids really think about how the world around them really works.

3.  Arts and crafts

Creativity is part of any good education and there are tons of great arts and crafts projects out there for kids to experience this summer. Kids can learn how to draw a self-portrait simply using a handheld mirror, pencil, and paper or they might learn to mix up every color of the rainbow with their paint set. Whether kids are at the beginning level experiencing art for the first time or highly experienced and sophisticated art masters, there’s plenty of creativity to be had during the summer months (READ: 10 Reasons You Need an Orange County Summer Tutor).

4.  A museum visit

One of the best things parents can do with their kids over the summer is take a break from the heat and visit a museum as part of a summertime field trip. Kids will have a chance to learn about something that peaks their interest, engage in a hands-on experience, and spend the day outside of the house. Southern California offers myriad museums for all age groups and interests so there’s plenty of time to visit several types of museums that explore everything from natural history, art history, aquatic life, starts & planets, and more.

5.  Discovering the Outdoors

During the school year kids spend a lot of time indoors, and so they should take advantage of the outdoor environment during the summer. Although it might just seem like a walk in the park, spending time in nature can teach kids a lot about the world around them. They can learn about different species of flora and fauna, learn which plants are water resistant, which animals live in the local environment, and the importance of open space in any community. Exploring a nature park or preserve also offers some valuable family time where everybody can enjoy the outdoors together.

In addition to these educational activities for your kid, an in-home San Diego summer tutor is the perfect way to keep your kid sharp over break. Call us today and ask about our summer discounts.

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Irvine SAT Tutoring Tips: Improve Your SAT Score by This Fall

Improve your SAT score by this fall with these 5 tips from an Irvine SAT tutor

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Most students are thinking about summer break and enjoying some relaxation time before going back to school. Although some well-deserved R&R is definitely in order, summer is also an excellent time to work on improving SAT scores. During the year students have to focus on classroom assignments and other college application materials, and so there’s little time left for test prep. Students who work on SAT over the summer can enjoy a better work-life balance during the school year as well as an increased chance of achieving a high composite score that will lead to college acceptance – our private Irvine SAT tutors are here to help you score high.

1.  Identify areas that need improvement

One of the best things students can do is take a practice exam so they can identify which areas they need to work on. Practice booklets have helpful scoring guidelines that will tell students how they scored on each section as well as which types of problems they got wrong most frequently. Students can work with their tutor to determine how much of a score improvement they need to achieve the overall composite score they want before they apply to college this fall.

2. Build confidence

It’s essential for students to have adequate confidence before they take their SAT next term. Feeling good about the test, in general, will give students more energy to maintain a positive attitude throughout their test prep and increase their chances of making an accurate educated guess on problems they’re not 100% on. Focused and efficient summer prep will help students build this amount of confidence and make them feel better about the SAT (READ: 5 Awesome SAT Apps).

3. Practice writing skills

Students taking the SAT in the fall will need to know how to quickly and effectively respond to an essay prompt and demonstrate they understand the author’s point of view or position on an argument. The current SAT requires sophisticated writing skills that students will need to prepare for in advance. There are many different types of writing students will develop and refine throughout their high school career, but the SAT is looking for something very specific. It’s a good idea for students to work on this over the summer when they don’t have additional English assignments.

4. Improve focus and speed

It’s important to remember that the SAT is a timed exam. How quickly a student can answer questions correctly is a big part of how they’re graded. Consistently, students will answer questions correctly but do not have enough time to answer all of the questions. Unfortunately, unanswered questions will decrease a student’s score on that section. Through summer practice students can work on focus so they’re not distracted by their environment and build confidence so they can answer questions more quickly and move on – (READ: 8 SAT Essay Tips).

5. Test prep strategy

The SAT exam presents information in a unique format. In real life, students will not have multiple choices, and they will not be able to eliminate answers in the same way they can on a test. Classroom assignments allow students to present more than one right answer or opinion and teachers can gear their assignments to meet their classroom’s individual learning needs. The SAT, on the other hand, is a standardized exam where students need to align themselves with a particular set of standards. There are some proven, and refined strategies students can learn to be successful on this important exam, but they will need more time and focus to successfully develop these strategies. Summer is a fantastic time to work on these issues and will help a student improve their composite score in the fall.

Our in-home Irvine SAT tutoring will have you prepared and confident to score high when you take the test this Fall. Call us today to learn about our summer discounts on test prep packages!

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Prepare Your Kid for Kindergarten With These Tips

Tips from a private San Diego Tutor: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Kid for Kindergarten this Fall

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Many preschoolers are enjoying summer, sunshine, and time with family before they start their very first year of kindergarten this fall. It’s a major step for kids to go to a full day educational program and being prepared can make the transition a lot easier for both student and parent. There are lots of things parents can do to help their young learner get ready for all that awaits them once they start kindergarten at the end of August.

1.  Get used to the idea of a classroom

Many kids will have attended a preschool program for a year or two before they even go to kindergarten and may already be familiar with the classroom environment. On the other hand, lots of kids don’t attend preschool or don’t attend a traditional preschool program, and the idea of listening to a teacher, getting along with classmates, and sitting at a desk & chair might be completely new. It’s a good idea for young kids to get used to the idea of being in this environment so the adjustment is easier overall and they can cope with following directions and working on academics for an entire school day.

2.  Work on sharing

Once the kids start kindergarten, they’ll need to share with several other students. At home, crayons, books, toys, etc… all belong to one kid and may be shared with siblings or friends, but it’s not quite the same as sharing every material used in a classroom. Kids who get used to the idea of sharing such items ahead of time have a better chance of getting along with their new classmates once they start school in the fall (READ: 5 Benefits of Developing Great Teamwork Skills).

3.  Visit the campus

Some kids might be on the same campus as they were for preschool, but most students will have to make a change when they start kindergarten. Going to a new classroom in a new building at a new campus can be pretty scary for a kid who is just about to turn five. Visiting campus is a great way for kids to feel less anxious about their new environment. Most schools offer a back-to-school night where new students can visit their classroom, meet their teacher, see where their new desk will be, and even start to make some new friends. This takes a lot of stress out of this very important adjustment.

4.  Look at kindergarten benchmarks

Educational benchmarks change from year to year and throughout different generations so it’s a really good idea for parents to take a look at the current kindergarten benchmarks and see if there’s anything they might need to go over with their kid before they start school. There are lots of different professional opinions about what benchmarks are appropriate at what age but knowing the current information ahead of time will help students adjust to their new academic environment and get up to speed with the academic tasks they may or may not have mastered yet.

5.  Focus on exploration

Starting school for the very first time is an excellent opportunity to explore all of the new information that’s out there in the world. Instilling curiosity in a young student can help them enjoy learning in general, ask pertinent questions during lessons or projects, and find creative ways of doing new things. Students who are encouraged by both parent and teacher to explore and discover are more likely to be excited about going to school each morning and view education as a positive thing.

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