ALOHA Student Testimonial – South Edison, NJ

Student Testimonial

Following is an ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received.

Priya Subramanian
Parents – Subramanian Annaswamy
South Edison, New Jersey – Rama Rajeevalochana, ownerSMPriya-Subramanian

My name is Priya Subramanian, and I am a 3rd grade student. I have been at ALOHA Edison for 5 years.

Here at ALOHA, I feel fine and glad to be here, in both Math and English classes. I feel like this because these classes teach me a new lesson every time I come. Every class, if I ever
have a doubt, I always ask my teachers and they will help me. The teachers I have are very nice to me, and only sometimes strict.

In the Math classes, I learn lessons about many things like how to divide 4 & 5 digit numbers by 2 & 3 digit numbers, learn how to multiply 4-digit numbers by 3-digit numbers, and get a 7-digit number. Also, I know how to multiply a 3-digit number by a 3-digit number, and get a 6-digit number.

In English, I learn grammar fi rst, whether it is a review or a new topic. At the end, I do one classwork essay, and when I’m done, the teacher checks it and tells me how I can improve on it. Also, in each book, once I am done with my classwork, it’s not done. I also have to complete my homework, even the essays. This will help me understand the lesson I have done in class.

In conclusion, being at ALOHA helps me because I always get good grades in the subjects of Math and English. Without ALOHA’s help, I don’t know how my life would be!

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Top 5 Warning Signs a Child is Struggling in School and Needs Help

ALOHA Mind Math’s top 5 warning signs indicate a child’s learning could be suffering. It is important for parents to act quickly upon these signs.

EDISON, NJ, February 20, 2014 – According to ALOHA Mind Math, report cards are not thestruggling in school only signs a child needs help in school. Throughout the school year look for subtle and obvious signals that can indicate their learning is suffering and they are struggling in school.

1. Is the child’s morning routine draining for parents and/or the family?

If there is a drastic attitude or energy change then it is likely that something is wrong.

2. Has the child’s interest in school changed?

If the child used to enjoy school and suddenly turned to dislike a particular subject, teacher, or school overall, then this is another strong indicator that they are struggling or having some type of difficulties in school.

3. Has the frequency and amount of homework lessened?

Rarely do teachers not require daily homework, projects, or tests.  In the early years of education children had less homework, but skills increase with each grade, which can be a difficult concept for some children to grasp.

4. Is their school work performance degrading or unknown?

Since the curriculum compounds upon each lesson or grade level, if a child does not understand or can apply the basic concepts then they will struggle. Or, if they grasp the basics but as each unit or grade level progresses so do the curriculum and requirements.

5. Does the child not want to talk about school and become irritated when doing assignments?

There could be several reasons. The child could be bullied or uncomfortable in social settings. The loss of interest could come from not being challenged enough in the classroom. Or, it could that the child has difficulty focusing.

Children need continuous enrichment and encouragement to stimulate their mind. Below are five strategies for dealing with such challenges.

Be Proactive.

  1. Keep them on a regular sleep schedule. Together select clothes and plan breakfast the night before. Sometimes this is all that is necessary. If not, discuss what is bothering them.

  2. If their attitude or energy around school dramatically changes then look into it. Call the teacher.

  3. Instead of waiting for the report cards to put the writing on the wall, regularly review homework and projects together.

  4. If the child comes home without, or little homework, call their teachers to double check. Daily check assignments on the school’s website.

  5. Gently discuss their struggles with the teacher, subjects, homework, or classmates. If the child excels and is bored with school find an educational program to enrich and expand upon their creativity or academic excellence. If the child has focus issues consult the school.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years-old through 12 years-old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading program, math program, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit


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What does Success look like?

Every once in awhile, we will share a success story.  This one comes in the form of a 2012 graduate of our Senior Mind Math class in South Charlotte, North Carolina.  The following is written by Aditya Nair followed by thoughts by his parents – Raj and Priya Nair

ALOHA – in my opinion – is the best program ever. Here are all the things that have helped meAditya after joining the program:

  • In math I am super quick when the teacher in school asks me math problems
  • I learned how to do long addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly in my
  • I got into AIG because of ALOHA
  • It improved my ability to focus on everything I worked

I kept with the program because I knew that it would help me in school. What made the course interesting is that the teachers are really friendly and awesome! I wish I could continue and not have to graduate (in order to be around I am asking whether I can volunteer part time.)

I would definitely recommend this program to my friends for all of the reasons I have mentioned above.

From his parents -

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful three years Aditya had at this academy. Aditya had joined Aloha in the summer of 2010 and has been benefited greatly since his enrollment. Being part of the ALOHA family, he has grown up with confidence and learned a lot of social and academic skills. The healthy and positive learning environment has instilled in him the confidence and the urge to learn and explore. The foundation that you’ve laid here will carry him throughout his life. A lot of that credit goes to the teachers as well. The attitude and the approach used by the teachers are truly refreshing.

We whole heartily recommend this school to any parent looking for an academy that will make a lasting and long-term positive impression on your child. Thank you ALOHA for being part of our son’s development.

The South Charlotte ALOHA Center is owned by Sumita Kumar and Vijitha Gutta and is located at 5113 Piper Station Drive , Suite #101, Charlotte, NC 28277. To find a locations near you, click here.

Guide to Prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences

ALOHA Mind Math offers educational tips for parents to communicate with teachers during and after the Parent Teacher Conference.

Before going into the parent teacher conference ALOHA Mind Math suggests there are several things a parent can do ahead of time to prepare themselves and their child. Keep in mind that an older child is usually more stressed than a younger child. It is the added pressure they feel on themselves and the unknown of what the meeting will uncover. To relieve the added stress, agree with the child that whatever the issues, together you will both enter the meeting with an attitude to assist the teacher to make things better and focus on improving.

Remember that this is a stressful day for the teacher too. She is meeting parents every few minutes to review their child’s school performance. This is not the environment or the time to get into deep conversations or dive into the challenges at hand. Set a separate appointment to review what was discussed. The purpose of a parent teacher conference is to obtain a snapshot of the child’s learning.

The first thing a parent can do is basic – attend all of the meetings with the teachers.

Being an informed parent can ease everyone going into the meeting.

School Attendance 
Is the child arriving to school regularly? Or is he too early, or too late? If the school has not informed the parent of these mishaps then you can briefly directly address those then.

Classroom Participation and Behavior 
If there have been issues in the classroom, teachers normally inform parents of excessive behavior in advance of the mid-year report. The teacher will review the child’s behavior and participation in class. Is the student cooperative, follows directions, and interacts with classmates well? Do they have a great attitude? Do they help other students in areas they excel? If needed, schedule a conversation of life disruptions or stresses that have affected the family and the child and their learning.

Classroom Learning 
Parents can also ask their child about their learning. Surprisingly they can uncover quite a bit of information from a casual conversation about school in general, or what they like the most, what their biggest challenges are and why. This can be useful during the conference. The teacher will discuss whether the child is paying attention in class. Is his learning on average or above his peers?

Standardized Tests Performance 
How does the child perform on these tests? What does the teacher see as their strengths, as well as areas that need more attention? Does the teacher see any patterns, or new learning or memory issues that signal future challenges or strengths? How can these be addressed at school and at home?

Improvements in Learning 
Every parent wants their child to do well in school. Ask the teacher “Is my child working up to his ability? What can my child do to improve in those areas at school and at home? How can I assist? How can my child advance his skills and enhance learning both at school and home?”

After the Parent Teacher Conference 
Now that the conference is over ALOHA Mind Math suggests the following steps to keep lines of communication open with the school.

  • Set an appointment to review your concerns or life challenges that could affect his learning.
  • Create a regular daily or weekly routine for about 5 to 10 minutes to examine the school website, social media page, or other means the school communicates with parents.
  • Review the homework and projects schedule. This will keep the family updated to avoid procrastination of projects due the next day.
  • Communicate regularly with the teacher and stay in touch regarding the child’s progress. This keeps you more involved with what is going on with the child at school.

Everyone is more connected and updated on school activities, assignments, projects, in-service days, holidays, etc. Another advantage is that all parties are being kept updated on his learning, behavior, strengths, and challenges. Being an informed parent and prepared daily makes for a better relationship with the child and school; this in turn correlates to better attitude, behavior, and education performance.

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