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The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids

2018-05-22T17:52:06+00:00

Only 17% of parents of kids ages 9–11 read aloud to their children. Yet 83% of kids ages 6–17 say being read to is something they either loved or liked a lot. (Scholastic’s “Kids & Family Reading ReportTM”) Mom Andrea Chisholm, echoes this sentiment, “Even though my older one can easily read books himself, he still loves to be read to at night.” For many kids, being read to by their parents is a cherished ritual. But it’s also much more than that. Reading aloud to kids helps expand their literacy skills, love of reading, worldview, and more. Here are some [...]

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Big Kids 2018-05-22T17:52:06+00:00

How Do I Know When to Bring My Child to a Learning Centre?

2020-07-02T20:03:46+00:00

Most parents have a gut feeling when their child is not progressing the way they should at school – even if the report card does not indicate a problem. Tutoring is often the first course of action, but how do you know when your child needs more? Here are some of the signs that may indicate your child needs specialized help: Your child is getting low or failing grades in subjects like math, history, English, or French and you have been unable to solve these problems at the school You think that your child is not performing to their potential [...]

How Do I Know When to Bring My Child to a Learning Centre? 2020-07-02T20:03:46+00:00

My child has a psycho-educational assessment. What do I do now?

2020-07-02T20:03:57+00:00

Many parents consult a psychologist if they suspect that their child has a learning disability that impedes their progress in school. When parents receive the psychologist’s report, they turn to the school’s professional staff for support, but some children require additional help. Co-founded 28 years ago by Karen Foley, Strategic Learning Centre (SLC) offers a comprehensive approach to address each student’s individual learning challenges. “Students of all ages come to the Centre from the greater Montreal area and beyond,” says David Schipper, the Centre’s director since 2013. The long-time educator takes pride in his dedicated team. SLC studies the psychologist’s [...]

My child has a psycho-educational assessment. What do I do now? 2020-07-02T20:03:57+00:00

Canadian Achievement Test

2018-05-16T13:23:33+00:00

Canadian Achievement Test for Grade 5 Students In order to address the individual learning needs of your child before he/she begins the high school preparation process in the spring, we are offering the Canadian Achievement Test on two consecutive Saturday mornings, January 13 and 20, 2018 from 9:00-12:00. All students will write a timed multiple-choice test, which evaluates academic skills, such as reading comprehension and written language concepts, as well as basic mathematical operations and word problem solving. The students will also provide a constructed written response. This assessment, conducted over 2 three-hour periods, will allow us to give you [...]

Canadian Achievement Test 2018-05-16T13:23:33+00:00

Hang in there! It May Be a Long Ride, But It’s Worth It In the End

2020-07-02T20:04:12+00:00

Learning a new skill takes much time and effort. If a child is to master that skill, then even more time and effort is required. When learning something new, the rule of thumb is that practice makes perfect. This method can certainly lead to mastering a certain skill or concept, but on other occasions the student would benefit from brain training programs or remedial support that improve, among many things: attention, memory, language processing, reading fluency and cognitive ability. In one way or another, every child would benefit from brain training programs to improve their skill set and academic proficiency. [...]

Hang in there! It May Be a Long Ride, But It’s Worth It In the End 2020-07-02T20:04:12+00:00

Identifying Coexisting Conditions

2020-07-02T20:04:41+00:00

Does my child have ADHD? An Auditory Processing Disorder? Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Anxiety? Distinguishing symptoms in your child can seem like an impossible feat because many learning or sensory difficulties can, on the surface, appear quite similar. According to research, the coexistence of ADHD with other disorders can be higher than 50%. Students with ADHD often have other behavioural, emotional, and learning difficulties which makes diagnosing students with ADHD difficult. Children who lack attention and focus as a result of ADHD and who also present with a learning disorder will more likely fall behind in school and become easily discouraged. [...]

Identifying Coexisting Conditions 2020-07-02T20:04:41+00:00

How to Prevent “The Summer Slide”

2018-05-03T14:18:58+00:00

Students look forward all year to the last day of school. With school out for the summer, they can finally play in the sun, relax with their friends, attend summer camp, and most of all, enjoy their evenings homework-free! Summer, however, can also be a good time for children to catch up on some reading or math skills, especially for those who have struggled during the year. Many parents and teachers are concerned that if students do not read during the summer, they will experience reading and learning losses, known as the “summer slide.” During the summer months, students do [...]

How to Prevent “The Summer Slide” 2018-05-03T14:18:58+00:00

Canadian Achievement Test for Grade 5 Students

2018-05-16T13:25:06+00:00

*Registration Closed* In order to address the individual learning needs of your child before he/she begins the high school preparation process in the fall, we are offering the Canadian Achievement Test on two consecutive Saturday afternoons, April 29 and May 6 from 1:30-4:30. All students will write a timed multiple-choice test, which evaluates academic skills, such as reading comprehension and written language concepts, as well as basic mathematical operations and word problem solving. The students will also provide a constructed written response. This assessment, conducted over 2 three-hour periods, will allow us to give you written feedback on the readiness [...]

Canadian Achievement Test for Grade 5 Students 2018-05-16T13:25:06+00:00

The First Five Years of a Child’s Development Are the Most Crucial

2020-07-02T20:04:56+00:00

When it comes to development, the early years offer a crucial window of opportunity. During the first five years, children learn appropriate behavior, empathy, and social and cognitive skills. They also start to develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as speech and language. Sadly, many students do not properly acquire these skills due to technology and the lack of interpersonal communication. There is a positive correlation between social interaction and a child’s development. One of the most impactful things parents can do for their child’s language development is simply speaking to them. Not only will your child build [...]

The First Five Years of a Child’s Development Are the Most Crucial 2020-07-02T20:04:56+00:00