Does The Cutoff Date Affect Children?

        With all the hype about whether or not the cutoff date really affect children, we begin to take a deeper look. The dreaded August first deadline in New Jersey causes problems for many children who are born in the summer months and show those in early months of the school year benefit from this date. 

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Anatomy of a Math Class

     One might wonder, what does a typical day in a math genie class entails! Math Genie is a unique supplemental program that is designed to help children excel in Math and English. Our math program is broken up into two classes, with a one-hour class designated for children that are 3 ½ to 5 ½ years of age, and a 2 hour class designated for children 6 to 12 years of age. Each student in our class follows a unique lesson plan to meet their needs, and at the end of each level they finish they are assessed on the material they have completed then they move on to the next level.

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Self-Reliance Is Important, But Why?

           Self-Reliance is important for children. Learning to be self-reliant is important to be taught when a child is at a young age so it can develop, as they grow older. Being self-reliant is presented to be the ability to take control over your life, being motivated from within, and being able to take care of oneself. Starting when a child is young it is important to not do everything for them. Gradually hand them tasks to complete making it known that they have the power to be independent. By teaching a child to be independent, as they grow older it will develop personal skills beneficial to their growth.

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The Importance of Positive Reinforcement

by Madhuri Ray on September 27, 2016 in Blog, Common Core, Reading, Math, Motivation, Writing

     Children, little bodies filled with so much passion and imagination for life. Their minds are blank slates that slowly become filled with memories and lessons from their everyday experiences. Think of the first time you felt happiness, anger, embarrassment, or even courage. Each experience one has ultimately shapes them to become the person that they eventually are. Children however, have a very different way of thinking compared to adults. Something that motivates you, might not have the same effect on your child. That’s why it is extremely vital to keep in mind that something that might work for you, wont necessarily has the same effect on your child.

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Mastering Motor Skills

by Madhuri Ray on September 26, 2016 in Reading, Math, Writing, Mental Math, motor skills

     Motor skills are simply any movement or actions in which a child uses their muscles. Developing proper motor skills at a young age is extremely important, considering they are the basic building blocks of muscle coordination. There are two different kinds of motor skills, fine and gross. “Gross motor skills are larger movements your baby makes with his arms, legs, feet, or his entire body. So crawling, running, and jumping are gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are smaller actions. When your baby picks things up between his finger and thumb, or wriggles his toes in the sand, he's using his fine motor skills”.

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Writing Your Way to Ivy Leagues

     An essay that got young Brittany Stinson into five Ivy League schools and Stanford is creating a lot of attention. Recently shared with Business Insider her entertaining admissions essay was a success. With her essay merely focusing on her childhood trips to Costco showed how her curious personally makes her stand out. Her writing skills along with her ability to make you want to read more are what drew experts to take notice.

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The Proper Way to Hold a Pencil

by Madhuri Ray on September 22, 2016 in Common Core, Reading, Math, Writing, Mental Math, Abacus

     The proper way to hold a pencil is a skill set that follows a child all through their life, so it is extremely important that it is taught correctly at a young age. Children should typically begin to learn to hold a pencil between the ages of four and five. Teaching children how to hold a pencil at a younger age can sometimes cause more damage then good. It is extremely important that the right way to hold a pencil is taught at an early age. Children use writing skills all through their lives so holding a pencil is a vital skill one must develop when they are young. Think about it, it is a lot easier to teach a child how to hold a pencil and write the right way from the beginning then to have to reteach them.

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A Book a Day Keeps the Doctors Away

by Madhuri Ray on September 21, 2016 in Common Core, Reading, Math, Writing, Children, Books, Toddler

     We all know an apple a day keeps the doctors away, but new studies show books can have a similar affect on readers. New research conducted by Yale University School of Public Health shows that reading books have been linked with living longer. One would think that the effect of this study would cause everyone to pick up a book and start reading, but surprisingly quite the contrary is occurring.

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Jay Leno Gives Advice About Being Dyslexic

       A call from Jay Leno sparks excitement in a young boy named Aidan’s mind. A call not entirely to surprise brings recognition to Aidan’s project. His project has consisted of compiling letters to other Dyslexic students asking for advice wondering how others were successful with the same condition. Dyslexia is a neurological condition that disrupts ones ability to read, often hurting performance in school.

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How To Talk To Your Children

          As a parent the way you talk and interact with your children can have a major affect, both good and bad. It can affect their ability to learn and how they listen to us. There are three different ways that parents tend to communicate with their children: aggressive, passive, and assertive. Aggressive parents are those who yell often, speak to their children as if they are not good enough, and use offensive words. Passive parents speak softly, saying cautious words to their children avoiding discouragements. These parents struggle with their children misbehaving and taking control of situations. Lastly, assertive parents speak firmly with clear words that are positive and stand strong. It is a difficult way to be as a parent but it shows children that the parents know what they are talking about and to listen. As told by the Child Development Institute in an article discussing how to get your children to listen they give 20 examples of how to talk to your child.

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