Educational Blog

5 Tips for New Year’s Math Goals

Are you in a goal-setting frame of mind? The New Year is a great time to have your child evaluate herself and her school year and set goals for a fresh start. Ask your child: How is her homework routine? Is she practicing math facts nightly or weekly? Does she have good study habits in place? These are questions every child should think about and ask to gain more responsibility and independence. And this time of year is the best time to do it! If you're looking to use the New Year as an opportunity to set math-focused goals, here... More »

3 Holiday Reading Traditions

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. There are so many wonderful activities, events, and traditions for families during this time. Here are a few fun ideas that incorporate literacy into the magic and anticipation of the holidays.     1. Create a Book Advent The advent calendar is one of the most popular ways to count down the days until Christmas. Last year, instead of opening chocolates each day, we opened books! The book advent quickly became a treasured tradition that our family will continue to enjoy and anticipate for years to come. To... More »

How Reading 5 Times a Day Dramatically Boosts Vocabulary by Kindergarten

Want to set a solid foundation for your children's academic future? Read to them multiple times a day, and they’ll enter kindergarten having heard more than a million words. A study from The Ohio State University found that young children who are read to five times daily (it’s OK if books are repeated!) will hear nearly 1.5 million words by the time they turn 5 — boosting their language development and setting a strong foundation for school success. Researchers randomly chose 30 of the most circulated board books and 30 of the most circulated picture books, as identified by the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and tallied up the number... More »

Giving Kids a Voice During the Season of Giving

November is a time for preparing for the holidays and giving thanks, but it’s also a time for using our voices. It’s a time to set an example by using our voice for good and encouraging our kids to do the same. As parents, we can be the example for our children in the ways we focus on supporting giving campaigns, donating to meaningful causes, or expressing our thanks for all we have. It can really be exciting to watch our children follow our lead, especially when holiday sales, promotions, and items saturate store shelves and advertisements at this time... More »

3 Things Omega Is Thankful For

Fall is in the air! Crispy leaves, sweater weather, and pumpkin-spiced flavors are a few things to get excited about during the holiday season. Now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we are sharing 3 things that we are thankful for here at Omega Learning® Center.   1. Our Teachers: We are thankful for our teachers at Omega! Our tutors are qualified, motivated, and certified teachers K-8 who care about your student’s success. Many Omega tutors have master’s degrees and special education degrees, and all must complete the Omega training/certification program. Our tutors work diligently to engage with students... More »

5 Ways to Celebrate Read Across America at Home

Read Across America Day on March 2nd is often recognized in schools with a whole lot of literacy fanfare and Dr. Seuss love, it’s also important for families to have a little background on the event as well so the celebration can continue on at home. Read Across America Day is celebrated on the birthday of the beloved author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss.  Dr. Seuss, officially known as Dr. Theodor Geisel, was born on March 2, so most Read Across America Day celebrations take place on or around that day. Schools often mark the day with read-a-thons, read-alouds, reading workshops,... More »

Heart Your Family

February is American Heart Month. The heart is arguably our most vital organ, pumping blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our bodies. A healthy heart helps us grow and thrive. On the flip side, an unhealthy heart can dramatically affect our lives. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Tips for Heart-Healthy Families So how do we help our families lead heart-healthy lives? We posed this question to Dr. Jenny Delfin, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and one of the medical experts at... More »

3 Things Parents Should Do In January

Most grade slippage happens in the third quarter of the school year, and it’s no wonder — with all those fresh holiday toys at home and summer so far away it can be hard to stay motivated and on track with schoolwork. And hectic family schedules combined with shorter daylight hours can make it tricky to find time together for important conversations. Here are three simple things parents can do to make sure your kids start the New Year off on the right foot.   1. Get them organized. Even if your kids keep their room on the cleaner side, January is... More »

Easy Ways to Get Everyone in the Giving Spirit

This year, create a new holiday tradition with your family — get involved in a charitable activity. It's an ideal way to teach your child values such as generosity, compassion, and gratitude, and prevent her from coming down with an annual case of "the gimmes." The months of November and December are a great time to get involved, as there are a plethora of opportunities to suit your family's interests and availability. It's also a chance to try out several different types of activities and find one your family can get involved in all year round. We've got a number... More »

Visual, Auditory or Tactile? Take the MyStudyStyle Assessment

Knowing your child's learning style is key to his or her school success. Most kids have a natural way of picking up new information. For example, they learn best either by listening, looking, or doing. Once you know your child’s learning personality, you can sidestep a lot of academic agita. There are three primary types of learning styles to which Omega Learning® Center caters:   Visual – You learn best through SEEING. You learn best by reading, watching a demonstration, and looking at graphics and illustrations.   Auditory – You learn best through HEARING. You learn best by hearing lectures, having information verbally repeated, and... More »