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Rescue Mission Food Drive

From now until December 18th, Sylvan Learning Centers of Palmyra and Lancaster will be holding a Rescue Mission Food Drive. The photo below gives a list of suggested items that we will be collecting. We thank everyone who has already donated! “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” […]

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Successful Student Newsletter – Fall 2016

Want to know more about what is going on in the Lancaster & Palmyra Sylvan Learning Centers this Fall?  Click on the link below for the .pdf version! Fall 2016 Newsletter – Tips for Learners

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Successful Student Newsletter – Summer 2016

  Want to know more about what is going on in the Lancaster & Palmyra Sylvan Learning Centers this summer?  Click on the link below for the .pdf version! summer slide newsletter

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Sylvan Successful Student Newsletter – Fall 2015

Want to know about what is going on in the Lancaster & Palmyra Sylvan Learning Centers this fall? Click the link below for the .pdf version, or click on the images below for a picture format. Sylvan Successful Student Newsletter – Fall 2015  

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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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Engineering Like Bees

Do your kids like building things? Are you looking for fun, educational activities to do with them at home? Kids can learn about engineering while having fun with this activity by mom & award-winning educator Melissa Taylor. Simply see below or click here to read more. Not only are bees master engineers, but they are also […]

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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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Reading Game Spotlight: Funny Mix

  Sylvan’s Chief Marketing Officer, Amy Przywara, had a great experience at Literacy Night at her kids’ school recently. The biggest revelation was a game called Funny Mix, a creation of Jaclyn Paris, a teacher & mom in Maryland. The card-based game teaches children to read while interacting with each other & having fun! Read […]

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Science + Apples = Fun!

As students & parents alike get back in to the groove of the school year, learning again takes center stage. Learning doesn’t have to be confined to the four walls of a school, though. Parents & their children can do fun & educational science experiments at home, & doing so helps show kids that they […]

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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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Ready for First Grade?

The start of the 2015-2016 school year is upon us, & parents like of rising 1st graders, are looking to make sure that all of the i’s get dotted & all of the t’s get crossed as your child gets ready for starting a new grade in school. You have likely gotten all of the […]

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STEM Coding: 4 Reasons Your Child Should Learn It

The current generation of children are growing up around technology, making them what has been termed “digital natives”. While not every child will necessarily work in STEM fields, computers, IT, or the like, it does figure to be important for youth to have a working knowledge of learn how technology operates. Coding – provides an […]

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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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Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

If your child is just about to complete elementary school & make the jump to middle school, you & your child may both have some questions as to what transitioning to the new environment will be like.  There are steps you can take to be prepared – read on for some suggestions from the Sylvan […]

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Reading: 3 Ideas for Reluctant Readers

Some kids love to read; others rarely feel inclined to pick up a book of their own just for enjoyment. Getting children interested in reading chapter books at an appropriate age is a great stepping stone into more involved, complicated reading when they are older.  But that doesn’t mean that chapter books are the only […]

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Test Preparation Tips

“Tests, and the studying that is needed to prepare for tests, can be very stressful and overwhelming for students. Most of the time, students don’t know where to start with all their class materials or how to study the materials in an effective manner.” – Dr. Lynn Fontana, education expert Learning how to take exams […]

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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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After School Activity Ideas for Spring

  Winter is over!  Trees are budding, gardens are coming to life, and the weather is getting warmer. Perhaps your child plays a spring sport, but have you considered an after school activity that is directly educational? Whether it is a program at your child’s school or an activity that you do with your child […]

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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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How Do You Manage Your Kids’ Screen Time?

“It’s all about how things are used. And how much they’re used. And what they’re used for.” – Patricia Greenfield, researcher How much should children, particularly very young ones, be allowed to use technology?  It’s a thorny issue, but one that is very relevant to ask in this age of the ubiquitous presence of smart […]

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Sugar & Learning

Sugar; that wonderful taste that appeals to many Americans.  We crave it, we seek it, and sometimes we eat sugar that we are not even aware of.  How does that affect our children and their capacity to learn? Many products contain high levels of synthetic sugar under the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup. High […]

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Interviewing Skills

Getting the education & training one needs for a good job is, of course, vitally important. The next step, though, also deserves focused attention: the job interview. The job interview serves as a gateway into employment, & being prepared is crucial. Here are some tips on how to be ready: 1. Do your homework, & […]

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Tips for Helping to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

“Kids with a rich vocabulary do better in school. The more words kids have at their disposal, the better they are at expressing their thoughts, opinions, beliefs and feelings.” – Dr. Rick Bavaria School certainly plays an important part in helping expand a child’s vocabulary, but the learning certainly doesn’t have to happen only at […]

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Why Breakfast Is Important

“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” – Robert A Heinlein, science fiction author   As much as Tony the Tiger may urge us all to eat a complete breakfast, many people – children, teens, & adults – start their day without first eating breakfast.  Morning routines can […]

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9 Things That You Might Not Know About Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is generally viewed as a holiday on which we celebrate the birthdays of two great American presidents – George Washington & Abraham Lincoln.  And also a time when we see a lot a commercials for sales on things like furniture & automobiles.  But did you know these facts about Presidents’ Day & the […]

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Talking with Your High Schooler About Grades

High school is a highly formative time in a person’s life – a time of dependence on parents, but also of spreading one’s own wings in independence, as well as the tension between the two.  As a parent, you probably know to steer clear of micro-managing your teen’s life, yet you also want to be […]

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Why Food Matters

Food is the fuel that runs our bodies. We say that we are what we eat, but that doesn’t mean that we turn into the food. It means we take the nutrients out of the food, just like we take wood out of trees. We use wood to build houses, and we use food to build our […]

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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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10 Cheesy Math Jokes

Just for fun, take a minute or two to enjoy the light-hearted side of Math.  Here is a list of 10 delightfully corny Math-themed jokes: Q: What do mathematicians eat on Halloween?  A: Pumpkin pi! Q: Why did the math book look so sad? A: Because it had so many problems! Q: Why didn’t the […]

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