Six Study Tips for Elementary School Children

We’ve compiled six study tips for elementary school children, which can help set a solid foundation for learning. You will need to adapt these studying strategies to your individual child’s learning style and age. Once children reach middle school, their homework routines become more complex and you may find you need a new approach, although these tips may still be useful. 1. Help your Children Create a Studying Routine Making studying a habit and a routine helps children fight the resistance anyone might have to sitting still and studying after a day at school or in the evening. Get elementary … Continue reading

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A Resource Guide for Parents on the Common Core Standards in Schools

Are your children dealing with the implementation of the Common Core Standards in their schools? If you are unsure exactly what the Common Core Standards are, or how they came about and are looking for resources to help you help your child, then you are in the right place. ALOHA has gathered information and resources to help. Why Do I Need to Learn about the Common Core Now? Many ALOHA parents have expressed confusion with recent implementation in many states of Common Core standards and how the changes may affect their child. Although first implemented as early as 2010, many … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Bee Coming in 2014

ALOHA Mind Math unveiled new 2014 initiatives at their third quarter franchise meeting. One new program being instituted is a student language arts competition for elementary school children.

“We wanted to introduce something that would offer a fun competitive environment where VocabBeeboth kids and their families would be able to enjoy. We tested the program this year and received excellent feedback from many parents and kids alike. We are very excited to roll out Vocab Bee, a vocabulary-based competition,” said Mani Manickavelu, ALOHA CEO and President.

The vocabulary bee will be held mid-year 2014 at all of ALOHA Mind Math’s learning centers. “Americans need spelling bees and vocabulary tests, “according to John McWhorter, Columbia University associate professor of English and comparative literature and author of What Language Is. “It’s (spelling and vocabulary tests) getting back in touch with loving our native language, something ordinary in most cultures on earth.”

The national vocabulary competition coordinates with ALOHA Mind Math’s mission to teach and advance children’s crucial reading and language skills, which they will employ throughout. Parents who want to give their children a good foundational base or a broader skill set, or give their high-achieving children an opportunity to excel will find ALOHA Mind Math’s after school enrichment reading programs and math programs valuable.

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5 Steps for BTS

Summer is nearly over and fall is on the way, which means school will be starting. Since children are still pre-occupied with playing and school is not even on their minds, so how can a parent prepare their child to return to school?

1. Establish a Regular Bedtime Schedule.  If your family does not maintain the habit of a normal sleep time year-round, then a few weeks before school resumes gradually break your children’s relaxed bedtimes. This will ease their body into the transition. Send your child to bed a half hour earlier each night until your child reaches the required regular bedtime.

Why is establishing a regular bedtime schedule and routine important? The link among sleep deprivation and learning are showcased in the research by the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research. Sixty percent of grade school and high school students report being tired at school and 15 percent of those actually fell asleep in class.

Why do both of my children seem to need different amounts of sleep? Keep in mind that each child’s sleep requirements are different. According to the National Sleep Foundation, on average children between 5 years-old and 10 years-old need between 10 and 11 hours a sleep per night, versus pre-teens and teens, 10 to 17 years-old, who require 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep a night.

2. Develop a Bedtime Ritual. - Experts recommend keeping your child’s bedtime schedule and routine consistent and stress-free as possible. Requiring a regular time for bed can be less stressful when parents develop a plan to wind down the day. The routine could become a highlight of everyone’s day. Here a few examples to incorporate into your evening routine:

    • Power off all electronic devices, computers, and phones one hour before turning in for the night.
    • Ensure homework, textbooks, materials, and necessary items are packed for school.
    • Turn down the lighting to prepare the brain and body for slowing down.
    • Play soothing music.
    • Provide a special doll, toy, stuffed animal, or blanket to sleep with, depending upon the child’s age.
    • Layout clothes, shoes, and everything to be worn the next day.
    • Take a bath or shower to ease the morning routine and to relax. If a bath or shower wakes up your child, then delay until morning.
    • Put pajamas on. Wash face and brush teeth. Go to the restroom.
    • Alternate reading to each other. Your child selects a book or chapter for you both to read.
    • Incorporate fitness into bedtime. Together perform some relaxing yoga or Pilates poses.
    • Meditate or pray.
    • End the evening with wishing your child sweet dreams.

3. Create a Stimulating Environment and System for Studying.  Before school starts develop a studious environment, a homework routine, and study system to create a
foundation for learning. What time will your child begin their homework each day? Have a plan to review the daily homework agenda together, discussing the assignment and requirements. Teach project and time management skills by creating a system to handle the growing work load as their school assignments increase.

4. Update their School Wardrobe.  Almost like clockwork children seem to outgrow their clothes each season. Normally the most exciting part of returning to school for kids is seeing their friends and wearing their new clothes.

5. Talk about Starting School. Attending a new school or even a starting new grade can be stressful for a child. Ask if they have any questions. Addressing their curiosity and concerns can ease their mind. Transitioning from summer vacation to school is not an easy process for most children. We hope these five steps will help you and your child prepare and excel in the upcoming school year.

Do you have other ideas?

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First Week Back at School

Back At School

Once all the back to school shopping is done, the new clothes are laid out; everything seems set for the new school year. As all parents know, the first week back at school can still be full of surprises, in spite of all our planning over the last weeks of summer. Here are a few back to school ideas you could try, to prepare for that first week back: Communicate with the teacher: If you feel there is any information that would be useful for the teacher to have, write a simple note and send it with your child on … Continue reading

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