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Math Outdoors

Autumn is an excellent season to get out into nature with your family. Whether or not you notice it, math activities abound in the outdoors – you just have to be looking for them. Educator, blogger, & mom Amanda Boyarshinov has some excellent suggestions on how you & your children can experience nature & use […]

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Math Outside the Classroom

From managing money to measuring for recipes & home projects, math skills are needed in the day-to-day life of practically every adult. Many useful math skills can be learned & reinforced in real-life situations, where kids can best see how learning math is indeed relevant to their lives. Award-winning educator Melissa Taylor has some fantastic […]

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Math Tutoring – How Do Sylvan & Kumon Compare?

The new school year is getting underway, & perhaps your child is already getting out of his or her depth in Math class. What is a parent to do, especially if the child in question is working on a level of Math that is also out of YOUR depth? It may be time to look […]

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Summer + Legos = Fun!

Summer is a great time for students to do some hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, & mathematics. Click the link below to see some of blogger Heather Smith’s cool STEM projects involving LEGOs that you & your child will really enjoy! Summer LEGO Learning by Heather Smith

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Finances: How to Teach Your Child to Handle Money Wisely

“With many families struggling in tough economic times, financial literacy and the ability to make smart spending decisions have never been more important.” – Dr. Rick Bavaria, education expert Learning how to handle money is a critically important life skill for any responsible person, & studies show that kids as young as 7 are forming […]

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STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

“STEM is becoming a more and more prominent topic in the mainstream and is something that should be considered by all parents.  Have you noticed that some major companies are putting efforts behind STEM?.” – Kim Vij More & more, the term “STEM” – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math – has been […]

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9 Ways to Make Math Fun

“Show your kids that Math is more than just a school subject.  Let them see you doing math in the kitchen, in the garage, in the grocery store, at a restaurant.  If you disliked Math in school, keep it to yourself.  They don’t need “permission” to dislike it, too.  That’s not an option in today’s […]

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STEM, The Maker Movement, & Sylvan EDGE

One exciting new trend in education is the rise of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs.  Activities in these areas can provide great opportunities for hands-on learning, & they can do wonders for getting the gears turning in the minds of curious kids. Another complimentary trend is the “Maker Movement”.  Increasingly, students are doing […]

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Why Do I Need Math?

“When will I ever use this stuff?” It seems that this question rings out in middle school & high school Math classrooms all over the country, &, honestly, it is a valid thing to ask, especially when the content is starting to overwhelm a student.  So…why DO students need to learn Math?  There are some […]

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5 Questions Every Parent Should Ask at a Parent Teacher Meeting

School has been in session for a little over 2 months for most of us. It is now time for progress reports, report cards and parent teacher conferences to begin. At Sylvan we know that this can be a very stressful time for parents, students, and yes, even teachers. That said, we wanted to provide […]

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