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  • Parents and kids alike may feel uncertain about what the fall is going to bring. A whole new grade level means new friends, a new teacher, new activities and new challenges. In some cases, a new year may even mean a new school. While these changes are exciting, they can also feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you ease into the year ahead.

    Get back into school-year sleeping patterns

    If your family stays up longer and sleeps in later throughout the summer, now might be a good time to start adjusting sleep schedules. It doesn’t have to be abrupt though—pushing bedtime ahead five to 10 minutes each night, depending on how off-schedule you are, means you’ll be back to regular bedtime by the time school starts.

    Calm first-day jitters

    Your child may be experiencing some first-day anxieties, especially if starting a new school, or moving from elementary to middle or high school. Sometimes it helps for kids to know what the routine will be, and to be fully prepared. This article provides a lot of good information about planning for the first day. You could also consider a shopping trip to get a first-day outfit that makes your child feel confident.  

    Make a morning checklist

    Mornings can feel like the most hectic part of the day. Want to encourage your children to get ready independently and (relatively) quickly? Make a morning checklist they can hang on their wall, as a way to encourage them to go through the routine independently. If you want to take it further, you could consider also include a reward chart, and make a small treat available after a full week of successful mornings. 

    Build your schedule

    Do you have swimming lessons to book? Sports teams to sign up for? Maybe your child’s birthday party is coming up in the fall? Have you booked your fall tutoring sessions yet? Making your family’s fall schedule now may help you and your family feel more prepared for the coming weeks.

    Scholars will help your child kickstart their school year. Find a tutor today.

    How to Transition to the Year Ahead

    Parents and kids alike may feel uncertain about what the fall is going to bring. A whole new grade level means new friends, a new teacher, new activities and new challenges. In some cases, a new year may even mean a new school. While these changes are exciting, they can also feel overwhelming. Here are […]

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  • Talking to Kids about Climate Change

    Most kids have heard a whole lot about climate change from the news, or at school, or just from overhearing adult conversations. But do they know what climate change is? Parents can sometimes forget that kids are absorbing things from the world around them, and sometimes they might need a little extra help to understand and not feel afraid.

    Explain what it is in a child-appropriate way

    Sites like this one have many wonderful resources to explain what climate change is in a way that kids will understand, and include games and videos. Kids picture books can be another great resource for talking about climate in an understandable way.

    Avoid the freakout

    Being a small kid in a big world can feel scary. When you talk about climate, communicate a message of action and hope. If kids know that they can do something to help, it inspires them to be responsible citizens and makes them feel less scared.

    Discuss changes the family can make with your child

    Could your family make small changes like eating less meat, turning off electronics, walking instead of driving short distances, and switching from paper towels to cloth napkins? It may feel like a small or insignificant thing to make a small change in your household, but it’s not. Not only do these actions help the earth, but they also teach children to be conscientious about the choices they make in their day-to-day lives.

    Make a plan to raise money for an environmental cause

    Donating some money through a garage sale, lemonade stand or a saved-up allowance to a climate change organization or another environmental group can help kids feel generous and like they are contributing to the cause.

    However you decide to tackle these conversations with your child, it’s important to have them. Knowledge will empower your children and make them feel less afraid and give them a sense of the power they have to change the world.

    Talking to Kids About Climate Change

    Most kids have heard a whole lot about climate change from the news, or at school, or just from overhearing adult conversations. But do they know what climate change is? Parents can sometimes forget that kids are absorbing things from the world around them, and sometimes they might need a little extra help to understand […]

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  • When it comes to culture and education, Canadians are spoiled for choice. Canada houses some of the best museums in the world. If you’re looking for a day of summer fun, but also a chance to learn something, a museum might be just the place. 

    While most museums generally appeal to people of all ages, and many have child-focussed exhibits, there are some museums that are specialized for children. If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of these kid-pleasing museums, why not spend a day exploring and playing in some of Canada’s most creative spaces?

    • Science World British Columbia – Vancouver
      Science museums, with their many interactive exhibits, are usually a big hit with kids. This museum in Vancouver is no exception, and it will keep your kid’s hands and brains busy for hours. And they’ll love the super cool geodesic dome the museum is housed in.
    • Creative Kids Museum – Calgary
      Don’t miss Canada’s first interactive museum that’s dedicated to the visual arts. This play-focused museum, which is a part of the TELUS Spark museum, is all about letting the creative juices flow. This one is best for kids under nine.
    • Nutrien Wonderhub – Saskatoon
      This newly-opened museum focuses on exploration and play. It includes creative play spaces like a miniature town and a simulated forest and inspires little ones to get lost in imaginative play.
    • Manitoba’s Children’s Museum – Winnipeg
      Kids will love this interesting looking building and its many interactive exhibits inside. In the museum, they’ll find an actual train, Illusion Tunnel, a water play space and a section for toddlers.
    • Ontario Science Centre – Toronto
      Kids and adults will enjoy the numerous science exhibits at this large science museum. The KidsSpark program includes activities and spaces inside the centre that children will love. The centre also has an IMAX screen and screens science and nature films.
      Canadian Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of History – Gatineau, Quebec
      Located inside the Canadian Museum of History, the theme of this museum is adventuring. Kids can travel the world, all in one place!
    • Discovery Centre – Halifax
      This centre boasts Canada’s first immersive Dome Theater, along with a host of exhibits for exploration and discovery. The kids’ section features a number of imaginative exhibits.
    • Chocolate Museum – New Brunswick
      What kid doesn’t love chocolate? At this museum, you can learn how chocolate is made, learn about its history and also get a taste. 

    This list includes just a few museums in Canada that will provide an entertaining and educational experience for your family. While we think that tutoring sessions are an excellent way to learn, so is getting out and experiencing the culture! Happy discovering.

    8 Amazing Canadian Museums for Kids and Families

    When it comes to culture and education, Canadians are spoiled for choice. Canada houses some of the best museums in the world. If you’re looking for a day of summer fun, but also a chance to learn something, a museum might be just the place.  While most museums generally appeal to people of all ages, […]

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  • Video games often get a bad rap. They’re addictive time wasters. They encourage sedentary behaviour. They’re not good for brain development. They encourage violence. 

    While it’s true that a small number of children or teens might have compulsive behaviour with video games, in general, a little bit of gaming doesn’t hurt — and in fact, it can have many positive benefits for kids and teens. This recent story details many ways that video games’ bad reputations are unearned. It also talks about many of the ways that video games can help foster positive qualities in children.

    Here are some ways to ensure that video gaming in your home can be a positive, fulfilling and non-frustrating experience. 

    Choose video games with educational value

    There are hundreds of fun, interesting video games out there that have educational content at their core. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of articles and references, such as this one, or this one

    Play with your children, or encourage your child to play with other children

    While there’s nothing wrong with a little solo video game time, video games can be great social bonders. They foster fun competition and bond people in a common goal. This study found that multi-player video games encouraged civility and prosocial attitudes.

    Do your research

    While parents’ preference for their children to play non-violent games is certainly understandable, many studies, such as this one, show that there isn’t clear-cut evidence that violent games make children more violent. That being said, parents who do their research and try to seek out non-violent games that are engaging can have success in introducing different types of games to their children.

    Make video games part of a roster of activities

    There are some rare cases where video game playing can become compulsive. To avoid that, make sure you have other activities planned and clearly defined blocks of time for video games. It’s hard for kids to transition out of any enjoyable activity, so offering a clear transition might help, for example, “We’ll turn the game off one you get to the end of this level/when you reach 3000 points/when your turn ends.” This article offers some advice on handling transitions. 

    Why not make summer learning at Scholars part of your summer roster of activities? Find your centre today!

    How to Make Video Games a Positive Choice

    Video games often get a bad rap. They’re addictive time wasters. They encourage sedentary behaviour. They’re not good for brain development. They encourage violence.  While it’s true that a small number of children or teens might have compulsive behaviour with video games, in general, a little bit of gaming doesn’t hurt — and in fact, […]

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  • School is a large part of your child’s life. Some students can enjoy school and the challenges of becoming an independent learner, but others find it challenging. 

    No matter which camp your child fits into,  tutoring can be a useful resource to help your children reach their full potential.  This article will aim to provide you with four key characteristics you should look for in a tutor if you’re considering this as an option for your child.

    Subject Matter Mastery

    This one is probably a given, as you would reasonably expect the tutor you hire to be an expert on the subject for which you’re hiring them. A good tutor will make the curriculum exciting, and a benefit of small group tutoring is that tutors can tailor their lesson plans to your children and engage them based on their level of knowledge and their interests. 

    Sweating the Small Stuff

    Sweating the small stuff, or paying keen attention to detail, can prove valuable in your child’s tutoring experience. Not every child learns the same way or comes from the same background with the same experiences. A good tutor will assess their students’ needs and learning styles in order to formulate a suitable lesson plan and learning approach. They will also adapt as they move through the learning process with your child to meet changing needs.  Large class sizes in schools don’t leave much room for nuanced, personalized conversations with students to track their progress and deal with concerns should they arise, so a tutor can fill this gap.

    Experience & Empathy

    Any skill becomes refined with practice and experience, and tutoring is no exception. Further, while you would expect a tutor to be a subject matter expert in their field, it’s a testament to their experience when they can admit they don’t know something rather than trying to guess at it, as humility is often learned through experience.  Empathy is equally important, as a good tutor will be able to see things from multiple perspectives (including that of their students) and refrain from a fixed mindset. 

    Communication

    Good communication should permeate every aspect of the tutoring experience. Initial goals and benchmarks should be established and communicated upfront, while frequent status updates on your child’s progress should be shared with you.  These updates should include positive accomplishments as well as any concerns or areas for improvement. Of course, effective communication between tutor and student is invaluable as it fosters a fruitful professional dynamic, trust and rapport. 
    At Scholars Education Centre,  tutors are carefully vetted and trained to ensure their quality. This includes rigorous testing on subject matter knowledge, as well as imparting the best teaching practices and tutoring techniques.  Contact Scholars today to find a tutor near you.

    Setting the Standard for Success: Things to Look For in a Great Tutor

    School is a large part of your child’s life. Some students can enjoy school and the challenges of becoming an independent learner, but others find it challenging.  No matter which camp your child fits into,  tutoring can be a useful resource to help your children reach their full potential.  This article will aim to provide […]

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  • While it’s true that the weather in summers offers infinite possibilities, sometimes all the choice feels overwhelming. When you’ve started to tire of playgrounds and splash pads, and the same routine everyday, we hope this post will help. Here are some activities to help beat the summer boredom blues.

    Finger painting – All kids love finger painting, and it’s an activity perfectly suited to the outdoors. Spend a few dollars on supplies at the dollar store for an afternoon of creative fun. The best part is, you can just hose all the mess down afterward, kids included!

    Make a backyard fort – Get creative here–lawn furniture and clothes lines can make excellent hangers for the “walls” (i.e. blankets).  

    Go on a tree hunt – A perfect activity for a nature-loving kid. Find a tree encyclopedia in your local library, or get a tree identifying app on your phone. Go for a walk and identify trees in your neighbourhood.

    Check out your local library – Many local library systems around the country offer interesting programs throughout the summer, and usually at no cost. Events like puppet shows, crafting and more are often happening.

    Do some summer learning – Kids may moan about school sometimes, but parents know, deep down, their children thrive on the stimulation and routine. Summer learning at Scholars might be just what your kids need to keep their brains active and engaged through the summer months. 

    Scholars Education Centre has locations across Ontario, and a location in Peace River, Alberta. Contact us today to find a tutor near you.

    How to Beat Summer Boredom

    While it’s true that the weather in summers offers infinite possibilities, sometimes all the choice feels overwhelming. When you’ve started to tire of playgrounds and splash pads, and the same routine everyday, we hope this post will help. Here are some activities to help beat the summer boredom blues. Finger painting – All kids love […]

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  • Canada Day is here, and you may already have plans to check out one of the many festivals, events or firework displays happening all around the country. But if you haven’t yet made a plan, the following are some last minute suggestions.

    Print some Canada-themed colouring sheets
    You could go with an iconic Canadian animal like a moose or a beaver, or print a Canada map, or a maple leaf. A Google search will bring up a lot of options.

    Hold a backyard screening of Heritage Minutes
    You might remember these powerful 60-second films from television. Each tells the story of a pivotal moment in Canadian history.

    Participate in a traditionally Canadian activity
    Canada may be known for winter activities, but there are plenty of Canadian things to do in the summer as well. Canada is a land of lakes and rugged wilderness. Enjoy it by going fishing, canoeing or hiking at a municipal, provincial, or national park.

    Check out a local museum
    Many museums will remain open on Canada Day. You can use this list to find one near you.

    Whatever you do, enjoy the day. It’s a chance to celebrate a great country and kick-off the summer. A reminder that Scholars will be open for summer learning this summer, and many locations will be running STEM Robotics programs. Find a tutor near you.

    Canadian Activities for Canada Day

    Canada Day is here, and you may already have plans to check out one of the many festivals, events or firework displays happening all around the country. But if you haven’t yet made a plan, the following are some last minute suggestions. Print some Canada-themed colouring sheets You could go with an iconic Canadian animal […]

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  • Congratulations to everyone on another school year! Most students will have their report card by now and have a good idea of their strengths and areas of improvement. Here’s how Scholars Education Centre can help at every grade level.

    A report card with Ds  
    If your child is averaging a D in school subjects, he or she would benefit greatly from spending time with a tutor this summer to catch up to grade level. It’s much easier for these students to catch up when all their peers are not moving ahead at the same time. This student likely needs extra help to get ready for September, when a new grade level brings new challenges. 

    A report card with Cs
    Students with a C average often need just a light push—the type of push tutoring can provide—to get to a B, which is grade level. This student often benefits from the smaller groups at Scholars’ tutoring sessions, where they have more personalized attention.

    A report card with Bs 
    A B student is often an under-stimulated A student. Tutoring at Scholars can give the extra challenge and push these students to get ahead of the material.

    A report card with As
    It’s a common misconception that the A student would find no benefits in tutoring. After all, they’re already ahead, right? At Scholars, we’ve helped many A students maintain those grades. By introducing them to the concepts they’ll be studying weeks or months from now, we can help the A student continue to master any challenge. 

    The good student with a weak spot
    Maybe your child does well in several subjects but has a few areas that are not strong. Maybe your excellent reader and writer struggles in math and science. Or your math whiz just can’t grasp French. Or your all-together good student struggles with organization. Whatever the issue, Scholars offers tutoring in every subject and can help your child excel in problem areas.

    Find a tutor near you today. Scholars has 25 locations across Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta. New to Scholars? 👉 Book a free trial. 

    How Scholars Can Help at Every Grade Level

    Congratulations to everyone on another school year! Most students will have their report card by now and have a good idea of their strengths and areas of improvement. Here’s how Scholars Education Centre can help at every grade level. A report card with Ds  If your child is averaging a D in school subjects, he or […]

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  • With 10 months of drop-offs, pick-ups, homework marathons, school events and extracurriculars almost behind you, are you ready to celebrate? Summer can be a welcome break from the stress. Kick it off by starting some last day traditions. We put together the following suggestions:

    Recreate their “first day” photo – On the first day of school, you probably took a photo of your little student going off to school. You can recreate the photo for a side-by-side comparison, and see how your child has grown over the year.

    Find a last day food – Maybe it’s french fries, pancakes or ice cream—start a last day tradition indulging in one of the family’s favourite foods.

    Involve some friends – For 10 months, your child has been with the same friends day after day, week after week. Next year, your child might be with a different set of kids. Commemorate the year that’s passed with a playdate or get-together with these friends, and make sure you get a picture to keep as a memento!

    Just relax – What better way to cap off a hectic year than with an evening of total relaxation? Order in, watch a movie, play some games—whatever puts the family in a chill, ready-for-summer mood.

    Do you have any traditions? Let us know on the post on our Facebook page.

    Looking for something to keep your scholar busy this summer? Our centres will be offering summer learning, and some centres will be offering STEM Robotics programs. Summer learning is a breeze at Scholars. Find your tutor today.  

    Ways to Mark the Last Day of School

    With 10 months of drop-offs, pick-ups, homework marathons, school events and extracurriculars almost behind you, are you ready to celebrate? Summer can be a welcome break from the stress. Kick it off by starting some last day traditions. We put together the following suggestions: Recreate their “first day” photo – On the first day of […]

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  • Families in Bradford now have a trusted place to go for tutoring in every subject and at every grade level. Scholars Education Centre Bradford is officially open.

    “After months of planning, we’re thrilled to be open and working with families in Bradford,” says franchisee Risa. “We feel fortunate to be able to help students in this community succeed academically and build confidence.”

    The Bradford tutoring location joins more than 20 other centres across Ontario and Alberta. Each centre provides personalized tutoring programs for students. Several new Scholars locations are scheduled to open in the near future.

    “We’re growing fast, and it’s because of our strong curriculum and wonderful teachers, and because of the real life results our students see in the classroom,” says Matt Baxter, chief executive officer of Scholars Education Centre.

    Families who would like to find a tutor in the Bradford area are invited to contact bradford@scholarscanada.com or 905-836-2283. Or see a full list of locations here.

    Scholars Education Centre Bradford is open for business

    Families in Bradford now have a trusted place to go for tutoring in every subject and at every grade level. Scholars Education Centre Bradford is officially open. “After months of planning, we’re thrilled to be open and working with families in Bradford,” says franchisee Risa. “We feel fortunate to be able to help students in […]

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