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  • The books one reads as a young child are special—they’re the first window into the worlds of literature and art. Even as adults, many of us can recall our favourites. Parents often read their precious childhood tales to their own children, and rediscover them all over again.   

    Today is International Children’s Book Day. We asked our staff for their favourites, and came up with the Scholars reading list. The list includes both classics and modern books. All the books we picked feature stories and artwork that is sure to delight and entertain even the toughest little literary critic.

    In the Town All Year Round

    Paper Bag Princess

    Freckle Juice

    Just Go To Bed

    Big Book of The Berenstain Bears

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Curious George Flies A Kite

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Jillian Jiggs

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

    Are You My Mother?

    Love You Forever

    Want to contribute your favourite? Visit our Facebook page and comment on your favourite tales!

    Celebrating International Children’s Book Day

    The books one reads as a young child are special—they’re the first window into the worlds of literature and art. Even as adults, many of us can recall our favourites. Parents often read their precious childhood tales to their own children, and rediscover them all over again.    Today is International Children’s Book Day. We […]

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  • This April, Scholars students will be putting their detective skills to the test in their centres, but the fun doesn’t end there. Follow us on Facebook today and participate in our online Mystery Month game, and you could WIN!

    Watch out for clues on the first Monday of every week in April and solve each of the four mysteries correctly for a chance to win great prizes. Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from all qualifying finalists. Prizes include an escape room challenge* or a movie night on us.

    View the full contest rules here, and happy sleuthing!

    *Where supplies are available.

    Mystery Month is Almost Here

    This April, Scholars students will be putting their detective skills to the test in their centres, but the fun doesn’t end there. Follow us on Facebook today and participate in our online Mystery Month game, and you could WIN! Watch out for clues on the first Monday of every week in April and solve each of the four mysteries […]

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  • Which Type of Tutoring is Best For Your Child?

    You may be considering tutoring for your child so he or she can excel at school. Choosing a reputable tutoring service with small group sizes is important, and here’s why.

    Your child’s questions will get answered in a small group setting
    If your child shows a below-average understanding of a subject, it is worthwhile to invest in small group tutoring. The tutor will be able to answer questions, and accommodate the pace of your child’s learning style better than in a larger group setting. For some students, the classroom setting may be an impediment to asking questions, as the chance to ask for clarification may be lost as the class breezes through a lesson plan.

    It’s easier to ask for clarification in small group tutoring
    Some children may be too shy to ask their classroom teacher for clarification on the lessons. In small group tutoring, the teacher can properly gauge your child’s learning needs, tailor a lesson plan for them, and allow your child to ask questions in a non-judgmental setting.

    Small groups suit all types of learners
    Because of the small group setting, it’s easier for the tutor to pinpoint your child’s strengths and weaknesses. By identifying the areas that can be improved, the tutor can provide personalized lesson plans that help your child excel at school. In a classroom setting, a teacher is juggling multiple children with different learning styles, but in small group tutoring, the tutor can follow your child’s lead on how they like to work.

    Rarely is it recommended to use tutoring as a quick fix. Rather, you should treat it as an investment into your child’s future opportunities as an adult. Scholars offers tutoring programs at all ages and in all subjects, and always in small groups. Find a tutor near you today.

    The Benefits of Small Group Tutoring

    You may be considering tutoring for your child so he or she can excel at school. Choosing a reputable tutoring service with small group sizes is important, and here’s why. Your child’s questions will get answered in a small group settingIf your child shows a below-average understanding of a subject, it is worthwhile to invest […]

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  • Nominate Your Scholars Star

    All of our students have stories—and we want to celebrate them!

    At Scholars, we’re all about encouraging our students to keep reaching their goals. One way to do that is to celebrate the hard work and effort that has led them to success. We want to recognize the efforts of current and past Scholars students.

    When you nominate your child as a Scholars Star using this form, we will share their story in a Facebook student spotlight and recognize them with a certificate as a great way to build confidence and encourage success.

    Nominate your child as a Scholars Star today!

    Do you have a Scholars Star?

    All of our students have stories—and we want to celebrate them! At Scholars, we’re all about encouraging our students to keep reaching their goals. One way to do that is to celebrate the hard work and effort that has led them to success. We want to recognize the efforts of current and past Scholars students. […]

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  • French Language Day

    Happy French Language Day!

    Today is UN French Language Day and, as Canadians, this day has special significance for us. Not only does a large portion of our country’s population speak French, but many of our children participate in French Immersion programs across the country, even if their families speak English or other languages at home. And many Canadian students, even if they opt not to take immersion programs, take core French programs at School.

    At Scholars, we’re big supporters of children going through immersion or regular French programs, and we believe in the benefits it offers for students. Read more about immersion here. When your child hits a challenge, remember Scholars is here to help with our locations offering French tutoring for all ages! Find a tutor near you today.

    Bonne Journée de Langue Française!

    Happy French Language Day! Today is UN French Language Day and, as Canadians, this day has special significance for us. Not only does a large portion of our country’s population speak French, but many of our children participate in French Immersion programs across the country, even if their families speak English or other languages at […]

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  • A father and baby cuddling on World Sleep Day

    The average person will spend almost 3000 hours a year sleeping. For children, that number will be closer to 4000. That’s a lot of time spent in slumberland.

    We all know sleep is important for replenishing our physical energy, but that’s not all: During sleep, our brains are active and busy processing the things that we learned through the day.

    This is especially true for children. According to this 2013 study, while people sleep, their brains reinforce the knowledge they learned throughout the day, and children’s brains do it more efficiently than adults’ brains do. In other words: Children learn so much every day, but without sleep, their brains wouldn’t absorb their learning as well. Growing brains are truly amazing!

    And this is far from the only study that demonstrates the importance of sleep on learning. For instance, this 2016 study showed that sleep helps children with word retention and generalization.

    Parents often wonder how much kids should sleep. The National Sleep Foundation has outlined recommendations in this article. How does your child’s slumber compare? If you think you need to improve sleep routines, there are many articles with tips and suggestions online.

    We know that figuring out the best sleep routines for your family—along with the other day-to-day tasks of parenting—is challenging enough, and that’s why we’re here to help support your child’s learning to ensure your child’s brain has lots of knowledge to process from the day! Find a tutor near you today.

    World Sleep Day

    The average person will spend almost 3000 hours a year sleeping. For children, that number will be closer to 4000. That’s a lot of time spent in slumberland. We all know sleep is important for replenishing our physical energy, but that’s not all: During sleep, our brains are active and busy processing the things that […]

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  • We are open during March Break

    Now that the week is upon us, how are your March Break plans shaping up? For those who are unsure what they’ll be doing this week, or for those who have been waiting to make any plans, don’t forget that there will be a lot going on at Scholars over the next five days!

    Regardless if a centre is offering neat programs like our STEM Robotics and Coding or March Break camps or planning the usual tutoring programs, all centres will focus on providing a fun and educational March Break experience. It’s not too late to contact your centre and find out what they’re offering during the break!

    Everyone at Scholars wishes you and your family a restful break.

    Having Second Thoughts About Your March Break Plans?

    Now that the week is upon us, how are your March Break plans shaping up? For those who are unsure what they’ll be doing this week, or for those who have been waiting to make any plans, don’t forget that there will be a lot going on at Scholars over the next five days! Regardless […]

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  • International Ideas Month

    At Scholars, we think ideas are a wonderful thing to celebrate! Ideas spur innovation, and are the basis of all art, science and academic theory.

    But, for a child, sharing ideas is not always easy. Sometimes it feels easier to not say or do anything at all. Sharing ideas, though, is an important building block for success—academically and, eventually, professionally.

    Do you want to encourage your children to share their thoughts and ideas? It could be a matter of building confidence. There are many ways to build confidence, such as the following:

    Get creative – The creative arts are great for unlocking the inspiration that makes the ideas flow. Drama classes are wonderful, not just for the creative aspect, but also for the practice performing in front of others.

    Teach the concept of brainstorming – There’s no such thing as a bad idea. Young people may not yet be aware of the concept of brainstorming, or putting ideas out for discussion, no matter how thought-out or realistic. You can try a brainstorming game like this one to get the creative juices flowing.

    Try some word exercises – We can’t all be Hemingway, but most of us can enjoy the creative process of writing or word exercises. Google “fun writing exercises for kids” to find a huge selection of activities. For the reluctant writer, Mad Libs can be a great way to have fun, learn and get creative without being overwhelmed with writing.

    Enlist some help – At Scholars, we’ve seen how improving academic performance can often change a child from one who’s afraid to express their ideas, to one who feels confident and engaged. If your child’s confidence could use an extra boost, visit our location page to find a tutor near you today.

    International Ideas Month

    At Scholars, we think ideas are a wonderful thing to celebrate! Ideas spur innovation, and are the basis of all art, science and academic theory. But, for a child, sharing ideas is not always easy. Sometimes it feels easier to not say or do anything at all. Sharing ideas, though, is an important building block […]

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  • Avoid the March Break Blues

    For a busy family, a week can feel like a long time. Active, curious kids can get quickly bored when they’re out of the school routine. They may feel happy for the break, but deep down, parents know they’re missing the structure and stimulation of the classroom.

    That’s why a lot of families turn to their local Scholars Education Centre over the March Break. Parents are often interested in setting up tutoring sessions throughout the week, and several Scholars locations offer enhanced programming during this time. Parents who need childcare for the week might be interested to know that several locations offer day camps.

    Our centres are prepared to provide a week that’s educational, and also fun. After all, March Break is a vacation, and we want our students to feel like they are relaxing, even as they’re learning and growing and embracing new challenges.

    Find a centre near you and inquire about tutoring or special programs over March Break.

    Avoid the March Break Blues

    For a busy family, a week can feel like a long time. Active, curious kids can get quickly bored when they’re out of the school routine. They may feel happy for the break, but deep down, parents know they’re missing the structure and stimulation of the classroom. That’s why a lot of families turn to […]

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  • How learning math helps you later in life

    Mathematics remains one of the leading sources of frustration for many students today. When it comes to mathematics, the truth is that some students love it and excel at it, and some, maybe more, students find themselves constantly frustrated by it.

    If you need help convincing your child of the importance of math, this article aims to provide a few talking points on how having a solid understanding of math can help you later in life.

    Helps with managing finances later in life

    This is undeniably one of the most important life skills. Even if your child doesn’t grow up to be a banker, it’s important that kids learn how to create and balance a personal budget, and how to understand investing and saving. In fact, studies show that those who understand simple mathematical principles are less likely to live paycheck to paycheck, or go into serious debt.

    Improves problem solving skills and teaches risk management

    Whether your child grows up to be a hedge fund manager, a cashier, or small business owner, it’s important to understand that math will play a role in any career, since it strengthens reasoning and logic.

    It can be difficult to demonstrate to children that parallels exist between solving an equation in a book and solving a problem in real life. To start, try to find moments to challenge them mathematically everyday for instance, at the grocery store when they ask for their favourite cereal, or when they want a new pair of shoes.

    Helps you be a better baker

    Does your child express an interest in baking or cooking? Without a solid understanding of units of measurement or being able to convert between imperial and metric, culinary creations might be less than appealing. Baking or cooking with an adult is a great way for them to learn about measurements, and also to see first-hand how important it is to know how to measure ingredients.

    Helps you spot a good shopping deal

    Is it better to get one item at 70 percent off, or is it better to opt for the “buy two, get one free” deal? For those who can do simple arithmetic in their heads and on the fly, knowing what deal is best comes easily. Without knowing how percentages work, how will your child know if the correct discount is applied to the purchase?

    Understand how things like banking, credit cards and mortgages work

    For the mathematically uninformed, some financial products (like credit cards) might seem like a good idea; and they can be. But if used without understanding of interest, cash advance fees and what the various percentages mean, it will cost a great deal more in the long run.

    No matter how you count it up, an understanding of mathematics is beneficial to your child’s future. Taking the time to understand this powerful subject while your child is still in school is definitely worthwhile. If your child is having trouble grasping some of the concepts on his or her own, consider enlisting the aid of a math tutor to help.

    How Learning Math Helps You Later in Life

    Mathematics remains one of the leading sources of frustration for many students today. When it comes to mathematics, the truth is that some students love it and excel at it, and some, maybe more, students find themselves constantly frustrated by it. If you need help convincing your child of the importance of math, this article […]

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