Five ways to “use it or lose it” during school breaks

“Use it or lose it!” Adults may have seen this adage on a meme about aging, or heard the advice from a sage physician. But the advice applies to learning, too— and especially what happens for some students during summer breaks.

It makes sense: We lose our skills at what we don’t practice regularly, and that applies to all the skills involved with learning. Research spanning back over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer. 

The …

Summer reading still not done? Here are some book suggestions your ‘tween will actually WANT to read!

Inspiring kids to read once they hit the ‘tween years can be challenging! So, here are just a few of our favorite ‘tween books — you are sure to find one that your middle school child will love:

  • Avi, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Cooney, Flight #116 is Down
  • Collins, Hunger Games
  • George, Julie of the Wolves
  • My Side of the Mountain Trilogy
  • Lawrence, Wreckers
  • Paulsen, Dogsong
  • Riordan, Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series)
  • Ullman, Banner in the Sky
  • Voigt, Homecoming
  • White Deathwatch
  • Bagnold, National Velvet
  • Burnford, Incredible journey
  • Gipson, Old Yeller
  • Hiaasen, Hoot
  • Naylor, Saving Shiloh
  • North, Rascal
  • Rawls,

Tutors can help students with that (dreaded) summer reading list!

boy_readingDo you spend your summer reminding your student to finish his required summer reading? If so, let Back to Basics Learning Dynamics help!

Our experienced instructors will work one-on-one with your students to read, comprehend, and retain their summer ready material. These sessions will give him the knowledge and confidence to carry pout the required assignments related to reading, such as reports, projects and tests.

Final deadline for scheduling is August 9. For more information, please call 302-594-0754.

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Read to succeed … and your kids will, too!

1. Be a role model.
If your child sees you read, he will be more encouraged to do the same.
2. Get a magazine subscription.
Children love to get things in the mail in their name.It’s special and they usually can’t wait for the next edition.
3. If your child sees a movie she really likes, get the book about it.
Usually books have more detail and add to the story line.
4. Get a riddle or joke book.
Some children simply do not like to read. Keep a riddle or joke book handy for car rides. Let your child …