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The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It … Read More

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)
How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It
How to Make Algebra Practice Problems Fun for Kids
Whether you've got a child who needs a little extra time outside of class to understand difficult math concepts, or you're a private tutor looking for ways to freshen up lessons, algebra practice problems with a fun twist can go a long way. And the good news is, you don't need to pull your hair out thinking up ideas. Any normal situation can be turned into an algebra practice problem - all you have to do is get a little creative! Below are a few ideas to get you started...  Coins Using coins
5 Tricks for Solving Algebra Word Problems
When you're solving algebra word problems, it's smart to have a plan of attack ready to follow. Solving word problems may seem difficult, but when you read through the problem and can figure out what the specific equation is, it's no harder than a regular algebra problem. Here are some tips for getting a solid system of steps to follow when you are solving algebra word problems: 1. Read through the entire problem before trying to solve it. While it might seem tempting to start working on the
What's the Best Way to Learn Math? 3 Strategies That Work
Struggling with math assignments? Perhaps it's time to change your perspective. Here, Forest Hills, NY teacher Claire W. explains how to make the subject much easier to learn:   What's the trick to learning math? Before you begin, you must believe that you can do it. People often try to find shortcuts for learning math, since it is a set of associations that have been founded on pattern recognition, and it can be hard to catch up if you have gaps and holes at a foundational level.
Learning by Doing: Ways to Study as a Kinesthetic Learner
Do you learn best with a hands-on approach? Learn about the most effective kinesthetic learning strategies in this guest post by New Milford, NJ teacher Matthew H...   In a previous post on study skills for high school students, I discussed some of the different learning styles that work best for different people. Sometimes, a student can even be a mixture of two or more types of learner. As a result, the way you approach studying should reflect the way that your body and mind p

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