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Setting our daughters up for success is very important to us. We want them to reach their full potential and we believe it is our job as parents to give them the tools necessary to accomplish this. Special thanks to Sylvan Learning for sponsoring this post as we share a great program to help students have the best school year!
The one thing I have learned for sure about parenting is that each child is different. It seems so basic, but this one piece of knowledge has been the most important thing I remember when parenting my girls. It is something I talk about here on our site often and something that is a topic of conversation in our home too.
When Ashley was born, I remember looking at her and being a bit surprised, if not shocked, that she didn't look more like Maddie did when she was born. Looking back, I realize how silly that was, but having only parented one child up until that point I didn't realize how different two people could be, even if they share the same DNA and the same parents raising them. Thankfully by the time Emmy came home, I was a much more experienced mom. But just to throw me a curveball, Emmy and Maddie are both very similar! Parenting keeps you on your toes, doesn't it?
Knowing that all kids are different and wanting them all to have the same successful start to the year, I started researching the best ways for me to help them achieve this. Even with their differences, I learned that there are overlapping tips that they can all benefit from.
I decided to hone in on the areas that would have the most impact by jump starting my daughters’ success this school year.
I looked at myself first. What skills have I learned over the years that would have helped me as a student? It was easy for me to pinpoint pretty quickly that being more organized would have really helped. When I was younger that was not one of my strong points, but it is definitely a strength that I now possess. With life experience built up, I can see how much of a boost it would give my own kids to start being more organized now.
Truth be told, they weren't as excited about my new plan to pump up their organization skills as I thought they would be, but I'm happy to say that they are doing it. They are actively making lists, organizing their rooms, and making plans on our calendar. They are light years ahead of where I was at their ages, so I am calling this a win.
The one thing that really helped get them going was to buy them each a notebook. I got a personalized notebook for each of them, which excited them enough to try it out. Once they got going they could each see how much better it was to have a system and more organization. Even Emmy!
This wasn't the end of our back to school success plan. Taking just a little initiative to be more organized had such a big impact that it was like the floodgates opened up, and I wanted to do even more for them. That got me thinking about our partner, Sylvan Learning and I decided to explore what they had to offer that could help my girls have the best year!
Their Study Skills Program was exactly what we were looking for! It is geared towards kids in grades 4-12 and has so much to offer, like:
- Study strategies to become an independent and effective student.
- School time management tips and organizational habits to better manage time and responsibilities.
- Active reading strategies, including reading comprehension strategies, to read better in every class.
- Active listening strategies and presentation skills to communicate clearly.
- Effective note-taking strategies and how to use study tools, such as flashcards and color coding, to study efficiently and improve test scores.
- Test taking strategies to take tests and quizzes with confidence, tackle different types of tests and manage testing anxiety.
- How to research effectively, such as learning how to research a topic, evaluate sources and write a bibliography.
- How to write effectively, such as mastering all the steps of the writing process.
- How to be safe online, such as learning how to locate, evaluate and share digital information responsibly and other tips on how to be safe on the internet.
- How to navigate college admissions requirements, including a college admission essay.
- Job interview preparation, including job interview tips and how to write an effective resume and cover letter.
I love that all of the skills my daughters can learn in this program complement my commitment to helping them become more organized. This is the boost they need to be even more efficient in school, and give back time to focus on other activities. Ashley's main focus right now is on physical fitness, so she can spend more time working out. It is also a great way to jump start her, and her sisters’, success this year at school.
If you are looking for a great way to jump start your own student's success this year definitely check this program out! Sylvan Learning’s study skills program is available at a location near you. Find locations and more information on their website.