Study Skills Seminars are now available for middle school and high school students. Four sessions of 1 hour 15 minutes each, will give your child information on how to study as well as give them the opportunity to put skills into practice. As one high school student told his mom, “This class is a 10! I’m so glad I took this class.” Call 571 336-2384 for more information.
Playing card games and board games will help prepare your children for school. Card games use mathematical skills. “War” helps younger children learn about numbers and their values, “21” and “O’NO 99” give addition practice, “Phase 10” gives practice ordering and grouping numbers.
Board games often require reading, counting numbers on dice and spaces on the board. They also help to develop strategy and planning skills. “Rummikub”, played with numbered tiles, helps a child see number patterns and sequences.
Play with your child and look for ways to have them use their thinking skills. You’ll both have fun and they’ll be learning in the process.
An article, “Differential Effects of Acute and Regular Physical Exercise on Cognition and Affect” published in Neuroscience Volume 215, July 26, 2012, pp. 59-68, suggests that being active and exercising may improve memory and cognition. It may also help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in children.
Researchers found that regular physical exercise, for at least four weeks and including the final day of testing, enhanced recognition memory in those with a specific gene. This gene determines the extent to which exercise helps. Exercising for one day only did not affect recognition memory. Dartmouth researchers found that benefits vary with age. Children derive more benefits than adults.
“The expectation was that exercise after four weeks could make you do better,” said Bucci, one of the authors. “The most striking thing, however, was that this was only true with the people who had this growth factor. If you had some substitution you did not get the benefits — the activity of that growth factor seemed to have a big effect.”
After more than 20 years of helping students in Pennsylvania, my family has relocated to the Leesburg, VA area. I am excited to be offering my educational therapy and tutoring services to my new Leesburg neighbors.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I have something to offer your child. I would be pleased and honored to be able to help you.