6 Ways to Get Organized for Back to School

Putting the following strategies into action now will save a lot of time and anxiety later.

  1. Shift your schedules. The lazy, unstructured days of summer are ending, and so is your child’s freedom to sleep in and eat erratically. Ease them back into a school schedule by shifting their bedtime back to a school-day bedtime and waking them closer to the hour they’ll need to rise.
  2. Have a morning routine run-through. The week before school starts, start getting your child up, dressed, and fed at the same times as you would on a school day. Both you and your child will benefit from a few practice runs to smooth out trouble spots and get comfortable with the routine.
  3. Clean house. Go through your child’s clothes, and get rid of anything they have outgrown or worn threadbare. It’ll be easier to choose outfits if there’s less clutter. Do a thorough cleaning of their room and study area as well.
  4. Stock up on supplies. After you and your child are through cleaning, make a list of everything they’ll need for the coming year, from socks to crayons. Ask their teacher or the school for a list of supplies, and check what’s missing. Buy extras of essential items and store them for later.
  5. Get papers in order. While you’re calling the school, ask what paperwork your child will need to start. Take care of any missing vaccinations or forms ASAP, then gather all the papers in a large, clearly marked envelope or file and photocopy everything.
  6. Create calendar and file central. Set up an area with a large calendar so everyone in your family can see everyone else’s plans for that month. For added organization, color-code each family member and keep colored markers nearby so everyone can easily mark plans. Pen in after-school activities, lessons, play-dates, and family time. Nearby, set up file baskets or bins marked “To Be Signed,” “From School,” and “To School,” so your child can deposit papers you need to see in a regular place right after school and pick up things to go “To School” each morning.

Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.

Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/back-to-school/6-ways-to-get-organized-back-to-school

Parent Action Plan: 12th Grade

Senior year is a whirlwind of activities. This is a big year for your child as he or she balances schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. Use the suggestions below to help you and your child successfully navigate this important time.

Summer

  • Visit colleges together. If you haven’t already, make plans to check out the campuses of colleges in which your child is interested.
  • Ask how you can help your senior finalize a college list. You can help him or her choose which colleges to apply to by weighing how well each college meets his or her needs, for example.
  • Find out a college’s actual cost. Once your 12th-grader has a list of a few colleges he or she is interested in, find out the potential for financial aid and the true out-of-pocket cost— or net price—of each college.
  • Encourage your child to get started on applications. He or she can get the easy stuff out of the way now by filling in as much required information on college applications as possible.
  • Help your child decide about applying early. If your senior is set on going to a certain college, he or she should think about whether applying early is a good option. Now is the time to decide because early applications are usually due in November.
  • Gather financial documents: To apply for most financial aid, your child will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You’ll need your most recent tax returns and an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA, which opens Oct. 1.

Fall

  • Encourage your child to meet with the school counselor. This year, he or she will work with the counselor to complete and submit college applications.
  • Create a calendar with your child. This should include application deadlines and other important dates.
  • Help your child prepare for college admission tests. Many seniors retake college admission tests, such as the SAT, in the fall.
  • Help your child find and apply for scholarships. He or she can find out about scholarship opportunities from the school counselor. Your high school student will need to request and complete scholarship applications and submit them on time.
  • Offer to look over your senior’s college applications. But remember that this is your child’s work so remain in the role of adviser and proofreader and respect his or her voice.
  • Fill out the FAFSA to apply for aid beginning Oct. 1.. The government and many colleges use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to award aid. Now it’s easier than ever to fill out this form because you can automatically transfer your tax information online from the IRS to the FAFSA.
  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, if required. If your child needs to submit the PROFILE to a college or scholarship program, be sure to find out the priority deadline and submit it by that date. Read How to Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Encourage your child to set up college interviews. An interview is a great way for your child to learn more about a college and for a college to learn more about your child.

Winter

  • Work together to apply for financial aid. Have your child contact the financial aid offices at the colleges in which he or she is interested to find out what forms students must submit to apply for aid. Make sure he or she applies for aid by or before any stated deadlines. Funds are limited, so the earlier you apply, the better.
  • Learn about college loan options together. Borrowing money for college can be a smart choice — especially if your high school student gets a low-interest federal loan.
  • Encourage your senior to take SAT Subject Tests. These tests can showcase your child’s interests and achievements — and many colleges require or recommend that applicants take one or more Subject Tests.
  • Encourage your child to take AP Exams. If your 12th-grader takes AP or other advanced classes, have him or her talk with teachers now about taking these tests in May.

Spring

  • Help your child process college responses. Once your child starts hearing back from colleges about admission and financial aid, he or she will need your support to decide what to do.
  • Review financial aid offers together. Your 12th-grader will need your help to read through financial aid award letters and figure out which package works best. Be sure your child pays attention to and meets any deadlines for acceptance.
  • Help your child complete the paperwork to accept a college’s offer of admittance. Once your child has decided which college to attend, he or she will need to review the offer, accept a college’s offer, mail a tuition deposit and submit other required paperwork.

Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.

Source: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents/parent-action-plan-12th-grade

3 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they’ve learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond:

  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child’s age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what’s available in your area.
  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
    • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today’s weather.
    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network’s Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.
    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book she is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have her rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help her be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
  3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can’t, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

It’s hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

Give your student an academic advantage this year at Omega Learning® Center. Find a center near you. http://OmegaLearning.com

Source: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/three-ways-to-prevent-summer-slide

Summer Tutoring K-12

Let an Omega Learning® Center certified teacher help your student stay sharp this summer with one of our engaging K-12 tutoring programs. Our highly qualified tutors fill skill gaps, teach validated study skills, and help your student build vital critical-thinking skills. At Omega instruction is customized based on your family’s individual program goals. In our AdvancED® accredited learning environment students benefit from Omega’s exclusive OutpAce® curriculum.

 

Summer Reading Enrichment

Help your student discover the love of reading and writing this summer with Omega Learning® Center’s enrichment-based OutpAce® curriculum. Omega’s certified teachers help students develop and improve the fundamentals of reading and writing. Our highly-effective summer program includes sight words, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, language arts, and writing skills. In our AdvancED® learning environment students build vital critical-thinking skills needed for Reading and math application.

 

Summer Math Enrichment

Math can be fun! Omega’s certified teachers help students develop and improve fundamental math concepts including basic calculation skills, math facts fluency, word problems, and math reasoning. Through Omega’s enrichment-based OutpAce® curriculum, students build vital critical-thinking skills needed to apply their knowledge to more advanced, multi-step math concepts. Preview fall math curriculum and get a jump start on the upcoming school year at Omega Learning® Center this summer!

Give your student an academic advantage this year at Omega Learning® Center. Find a center near you. http://OmegaLearning.com

Stay Sharp This Summer

Experts say students can lose up to 30% of their newly acquired academic knowledge over the summer. Let a certified teacher at Omega Learning® Center make sure your child stays sharp and starts the new school year prepared and confident. Enroll your student in one of Omega’s exciting summer programs for students in grades K-12!

Preview Fall Curriculum This Summer

Math: Calculation, math fluency, word problems, and math reasoning and application of concepts.
Reading: Comprehension, sight words, fluency, and vocabulary.
Writing Skills: Structural and creative writing skills, research, writing fluency, grammar, punctuation, editing, revising, and handwriting.
SAT/ACT* Prep: Increase SAT/ACT* scores with Omega’s OutpAce® SAT* Prep program during summer at Omega Learning® Center! Our highly effective academic camps are designed to target and improve your student’s SAT*/ACT* scores in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary through strategic remediation, guided instruction, and test-taking strategies.

The Power of S.T.E.A.M.

Students develop new skills, expand creative thinking, foster team building, and meet new  friends.

Computer Technology
• Robotics Exploration
• Creative Math Problem Solving
• Science Activities
• Art Projects
• Speech and Presentation

At Omega Learning® Center students thrive when they are given the opportunity, confidence, and tools that inspire creative thinking. Campers are divided into like-minded grade clusters to tailor activities, instruction, and curriculum content, which create an engaging and fun summer learning experience.  Upon completion, each student will be presented with a certificate for the successful completion of the Omega Learning® Center S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp. A child’s experience is limited, yet their abilities are boundless!

Give your student an academic advantage this year at Omega Learning® Center. Find a center near you. http://OmegaLearning.com

Summer Programs K-12

Whether your child has a less-than-perfect report card or wants to get an early head start this school year, Omega Learning® Center has the academic advantage for your child. Omega Learning® Center offers Summer Programs K-12 that will not only fill in academic skill gaps but will also build vital critical-thinking skills needed to apply their knowledge to more advanced academic concepts. Omega Learning® Center includes:

  • Summer Enrichment
  • Summer Remediation
  • Summer School
  • Summer Credit Recovery
  • Summer Class Credit
  • Summer Learning Fun!

One of Omega’s academic advantage is that our students benefit from our individualized instruction led by our certified teachers. We understand that learning is not a one-size-fits-all and that each student is unique. At Omega Learning® Center, our students receive customized instruction in our 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Our tutors are certified, motivated teachers who care about your student’s learning. Our tutors use auditory, visual, and tactile instructional materials to help your child learn most effectively, giving them the confidence and skills not just for the summer but for a lifetime of academic success.

Get to know Omega’s Summer Programs:

reading_icon_1733690702 Summer Reading

Omega’s enrichment-based OutpAce® curriculum will help your student develop and improve the fundamentals of reading and writing including sight words, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, language arts, and writing skills.

math_icon_1733623481 Summer Math

Omega’s enrichment-based OutpAce curriculum will  help your student develop and improve the fundamental math concepts including basic calculation skills, math facts fluency, word problems, and math reasoning.

writing_icon_879562193 Summer SAT/ACT* Test Prep

Summer is the best time to start preparing for the SAT/ACT* in the fall. Omega’s customized test prep programs are designed to target and improve your student’s test scores in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary through strategic remediation, mock testing, guided instruction, and increased critical-thinking skills.

Give your student an academic advantage this year at Omega Learning® Center. Find a center near you. http://OmegaLearning.com

*SAT is a registered trademark of College Board, Inc., which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this service. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

Reading Enrichment Camp

Many students, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they’ve learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. As a result, those students can lose up to 3 months of academic reading progress that has a cumulative, long-term effect that can hold them back a grade. If your student is having trouble with vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, or writing skills, the summer is the best time to help them get back on track.

At Omega Learning® Center, we offer a Reading Enrichment Camp that will help your student discover the love of reading and writing this summer! Omega’s certified teachers will help students develop and improve the core fundamentals of reading and writing including sight words, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, language arts, and writing skills. In our AdvancED® learning environment students build vital critical-thinking skills needed for reading and writing application. Find an Omega Learning® Center near you and learn more about our summer enrichment camps.

Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.

 

Why Omega Learning Teachers Are Special

Omega Learning® Center recognizes how important teachers are. We appreciate all of our teachers, tutors, and staff here at Omega Learning® Center. Here are our top reasons why Omega Learning® Center’s teachers are so special.

Omega Learning® Center tutors believe in:

  • Providing opportunity for growth
  • Building student confidence
  • Achieving academic success
  • Encouraging critical-thinking skills
  • Communicating directly with schools
  • Utilizing a tutoring system

Omega tutors are teachers. Our tutors are qualified, motivated, and certified teachers who care about your student’s success.

Omega tutors are educated. Many Omega tutors have master’s degrees and special education degrees, and all must complete the Omega training/certification program.

Omega tutors produce results. Omega tutors achieve results using our AIM Tutoring System®. The average academic growth is 2.2 years after completing our program.

Omega tutors are local. Our tutors live and work in our community. They believe in the power of a strong education and its value for your student’s future.

Omega tutors are dynamic. Our tutors engage their students and our OutpAce® curriculum, including auditory, visual, and tactile instructional methods to achieve accelerated growth and lasting results.

Omega tutors are connected. Omega tutors send daily email updates to our students’ parents and schoolteachers to keep everyone informed on their Academic Team.

Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.

Stop Summer Learning Loss with Summer Programs

Summer learning loss is a well-documented phenomenon with students losing between one and two months’ worth of academic knowledge each summer. Because summer learning loss is cumulative over time, it leads to increased dropout rates among those students who have fallen behind. With only 90 days of summer, every day a student is not participating in summer learning is a loss by every measure. Fortunately, Omega Learning® Center is offering several summer programs that can help your child retain academic knowledge in a fun and engaging way!

  • S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp.  Omega’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Summer Camp gives students the confidence and the tools to inspire creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are grouped into like-minded grade clusters to tailor activities, instruction, and curriculum content, which creates an engaging and fun summer learning experience. Students will develop new skills, expand creative-thinking, foster team-building, and meet new  friends.

 

  • Summer Tutoring. If your student didn’t get the best grades this year, let an Omega certified teacher help them bridge the academic gap this summer with our engaging K-12 tutoring programs. Our highly qualified tutors fill academic skill gaps, teach validated study skills, and build vital critical-thinking skills. Omega’s instruction is customized based on your family’s individual program goals.

 

  • Summer School. Does your student need class credit or credit recovery? Enroll in Omega’s Accredited Summer School and benefit from our certified teachers and low student:teacher ratio. Omega offers flexible scheduling and individualized instruction.

 

  • Summer Enrichment. Preview fall curriculum and get a jump start on the upcoming school year at Omega Learning® Center this summer. Your student will develop and improve the core fundamentals of reading, writing, or math and help retain and strengthen what they learned during the school year.

 

  • SAT/ACT* Boot Camps. Does your student needs to increase their SAT/ACT score or do they need practice before taking the test? Omega offers customized Test Prep programs during the summer that are designed to target and improve your student’s scores in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary. Omega’s certified teacher provide strategic remediation, mock testing, and guided instruction.

 

Whether your students needs tutoring, enrichment, test prep, or summer school, Omega Learning® Center has the solution for you and your student. Call an Omega Learning® Center near you to find out more about our summer programs. Program availability may vary.

*SAT is a registered trademark of College Board, which were not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this program. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

Parent Action Plan 12th Grade

Senior year is a whirlwind of activities. This is a big year for your child as he or she balances schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. Use the suggestions below to help you and your child successfully navigate this important time.

Summer

  • Visit colleges together. If you haven’t already, make plans to check out the campuses of colleges in which your child is interested.
  • Ask how you can help your senior finalize a college list. You can help him or her choose which colleges to apply to by weighing how well each college meets his or her needs, for example.
  • Find out a college’s actual cost. Once your 12th-grader has a list of a few colleges he or she is interested in, use the College Board’s Net Price Calculator together to find out the potential for financial aid and the true out-of-pocket cost— or net price—of each college.
  • Encourage your child to get started on applications. He or she can get the easy stuff out of the way now by filling in as much required information on college applications as possible.
  • Help your child decide about applying early. If your senior is set on going to a certain college, he or she should think about whether applying early is a good option. Now is the time to decide because early applications are usually due in November.
  • Gather financial documents: To apply for most financial aid, your child will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You’ll need your most recent tax returns and an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA, which opens Oct. 1.

Fall

  • Encourage your child to meet with the school counselor. This year, he or she will work with the counselor to complete and submit college applications.
  • Create a calendar with your child. This should include application deadlines and other important dates. Your child can find specific colleges’ deadlines in College Search. If your child saves colleges to a list there, he or she can get a custom online calendar that shows those colleges’ deadlines.
  • Help your child prepare for college admission tests. Many seniors retake college admission tests, such as the SAT, in the fall. Learn more about helping your 12th-grader prepare for admission tests.
  • Help your child find and apply for scholarships. He or she can find out about scholarship opportunities from the school counselor. Your high school student will need to request and complete scholarship applications and submit them on time.
  • Offer to look over your senior’s college applications. But remember that this is your child’s work so remain in the role of adviser and proofreader and respect his or her voice.
  • Fill out the FAFSA to apply for aid beginning Oct. 1.. The government and many colleges use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to award aid. Now it’s easier than ever to fill out this form because you can automatically transfer your tax information online from the IRS to the FAFSA.
  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, if required. If your child needs to submit the PROFILE to a college or scholarship program, be sure to find out the priority deadline and submit it by that date. Read How to Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Encourage your child to set up college interviews. An interview is a great way for your child to learn more about a college and for a college to learn more about your child. Get an overview of the interview process.

Winter

  • Work together to apply for financial aid. Have your child contact the financial aid offices at the colleges in which he or she is interested to find out what forms students must submit to apply for aid. Make sure he or she applies for aid by or before any stated deadlines. Funds are limited, so the earlier you apply, the better.
  • Learn about college loan options together. Borrowing money for college can be a smart choice — especially if your high school student gets a low-interest federal loan.
  • Encourage your senior to take SAT Subject Tests. These tests can showcase your child’s interests and achievements — and many colleges require or recommend that applicants take one or more Subject Tests. .
  • Encourage your child to take AP Exams. If your 12th-grader takes AP or other advanced classes, have him or her talk with teachers now about taking these tests in May.

Spring

  • Help your child process college responses. Once your child starts hearing back from colleges about admission and financial aid, he or she will need your support to decide what to do. Read about how to choose a college.
  • Review financial aid offers together. Your 12th-grader will need your help to read through financial aid award letters and figure out which package works best. Be sure your child pays attention to and meets any deadlines for acceptance.
  • Help your child complete the paperwork to accept a college’s offer of admittance. Once your child has decided which college to attend, he or she will need to review the offer, accept a college’s offer, mail a tuition deposit and submit other required paperwork.

Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.

Source: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents/parent-action-plan-12th-grade