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Catching learning differences early: Why it matters

Have you ever thought that your child is struggling to learn the way that he/she is being taught?  Or, have you ever felt that no matter how much you review something with your child they just don’t seem to retain the information?  Observations such as these may be indicative of either their particular learning style or possibly a learning disability. Children learn in different ways and the one size fits all models that occur in traditional classrooms may not be beneficial for all children. There are three primary types of learning: visual, auditory, and tactile. Some children will have overlap…



Improving Study Skills

Do these phrases sound familiar? “I forgot my book at school.”“I did my homework, but I can’t find it.”“I didn’t know we had a quiz/test today.”“It takes forever for me to do my homework.” Study Skills seems to be quite the buzz phrase lately. Is there too much hype surrounding “study skills”? Absolutely not! Study skills can make or break a student’s success in the classroom and at home. We have repeatedly seen students increase knowledge, which improves grades, when applying sound study skills strategies.  The best news is that using proven study skills is easily done.  At the Learning…



Preparing for college – and entrance exams!

One of the most common questions we hear is: “When should my child start planning for college and preparing for the ACT and SAT?" The short answer is that he or she has been doing that since entering first grade. It began with learning how to read and then learning simple math. Year after year, the reading became more advanced; same with the math, and then science was added. And as each bit of information becomes a larger “byte” of knowledge, students inch progressively closer to college. Preparing for the ACT or SAT is not a sprint. It is instead…



Benefits of a 1:1 Classroom

Providing individualized learning in a 1:1 student-teacher ratio is hardly a new idea, but this type of school model is changing quickly as our worldview concerning education evolves. Though it is an overused phrase, “teaching to the middle” of a group of students with widely varying ability levels (which is true of any classroom) has been proven to be quite ineffective for most children. Fast-paced learners often grow complacent or inattentive, while students needing more individualized consideration can be left feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. These are often the students who will “act out” or engage in problematic behaviors. It is…



The Summer Learning Advantage

When school doors close at the end of the year, most kids (and families) never look back. Summer is finally here. A break from teachers, grades, tests and from the overall anxiety that school causes some children. However, just because school shuts its doors for two months, doesn’t mean that learning doesn’t, or shouldn’t, happen. Summer school traditionally carries a negative connotation. For many students, it feels like a punishment and imposes a stigma that the only students subjected to summer school were those who truly failed the previous year. But in reality we need to erase the idea that…



Reinforcement: One Key Tool In Managing Behavior

My ongoing contributions to this page will be based around both a conceptual and practical understanding of behavior and how it is shaped, reinforced, and punished. We will utilize one "pretend" scenario, dissect it, analyze it, and look at the kinds of errors we may make in situations like this and the tools we have to deal with those successfully as well. Behavior, in short, is shaped by reinforcement and punishment. That statement may feel overly simplistic, but it is imperative, in that if we are to understand how to actually affect, change, manipulate others’ behavior(s) (and our own), we…



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What an Amazing experience! Learning Lab has boosted my son's confidence in math and science more than I could have ever imagined.

Cathie C.
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