Educational Blog

Why We Give Thanks

The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to a Native American called Squanto and the settlers of Plymouth Rock, known as the Pilgrims. It all began in England in the early 1600s. A group of Englishmen got fed up with religious persecution. Historians refer to them as separatists. Separatists and their families fled to the Netherlands for religious freedom. For a few years, they enjoyed religious tolerance. But some members of the group wanted to establish a new religious community in the New World. Hoping to find a better life, they negotiated with investors to fund their voyage to... More »

Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

For a tear-free celebration, observe these safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the National Safety Council.   Dress-Up Smarts: Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material. Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may obscure your child's vision and hinder his breathing. If you... More »

6 Signs Your Child May Have a Learning Challenge

During the elementary-school years, a child's learning difference becomes more apparent. Youngsters must absorb new vocabulary words at the same time that academic demands increase. Kids who are struggling can fall way behind. To identify a potential learning challenge, ask yourself:   Does your child have uneven skills — performing well in some areas, struggling in others? Success in one area shows he has the intelligence and maturity to read, but he might have a learning disability that prevents him from recognizing word sounds and linking them to letters.   Can she decode grade-level texts as well as write simple, coherent... More »

Homework Habits for Beginning Learners

The goal of homework is to help students remember and understand what they learned in school that day. For children ages 5 through 7, it can also help teach them independence, responsibility, and time-management and planning skills, all keys to success in the real world. A little homework can go a long way and 10 to 20 minutes each day for children in kindergarten through second grade is seen as most effective, according to the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).   Here are some successful homework habits to get your children on the right path:   1. Set the stage. Your... More »

Help Your Child Become An Avid Reader

Most parents understand the value of sharing reading experiences with their child. However, not all realized that the way they read to their little one, and even how they interact with their child during playtime, can impact learning. Parents can help grow literacy skills while teaching their child to draw, play catch, or count numbers. What’s most important is making these experiences fun, engaging, and memorable. “The more children interact with reading material, the more active and confident readers they become,” says Dr. Carolyn Jaynes, literacy learning designer at LeapFrog, a developer of innovative, technology-based educational products. “Read with your... More »

College Freshman Survival Guide

Moving away from home for the first time can be scary – for both students and parents. But life in the dorm shouldn’t cause freshman fear. Get started now preparing for your college career, and you’ll be ready for class in no time.   Plan ahead. Start thinking about what you’ll need to thrive in dorm life. Make a list of items to purchase for your dorm and for class. Check with your college for a list of recommended items as well as items that are not allowed in the dormitory.   Create a budget. Determine how much income you’ll... More »

12 Ways To Develop Organizational Skills

Instilling a sense of order in your young child may sound like a difficult task. However, by infusing daily routines with fun—from making breakfast to getting ready for bed—your child can learn how to keep things naturally organized with ease. Discover 12 at-home activities you can try with your little one: 1. Keep a family calendar. Track everyone's activities on a prominent and accessible calendar, encouraging your child to write her own entries and reference the calendar when making plans. You also might consider checking schedules and updating the calendar as a family over Sunday breakfast. 2. Introduce checklists. Whether it's as simple as... More »

Parent Action Plan For Rising Juniors

Junior year usually marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to support your child and give him or her the best options.   Fall Make sure your child meets with the school counselor. This meeting is especially important this year as your 11th-grader starts to engage in the college application process.   Encourage your child to set goals for the school year. Working toward specific goals helps your high schooler stay motivated and focused.   Help your... More »

10 Tips For A Higher SAT Score

There is a lot of advice floating around about improving your SAT score. A lot of advice, although solid, is either very obvious or very general, such as "take a lot of practice tests" or "study vocabulary." Here are ten specific tips to boost your SAT score, in no particular order. Some you may have heard before, others you probably haven't.   1.Build your own vocabulary list using past tests. Get a little composition book where you can write down and define every single unknown word you encounter on College Board practice tests. At around eight tests, you will start... More »

Teacher Appreciation Day

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day from Omega Learning® Center! In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we want to thank all of our tutors at Omega Learning® Center! We appreciate their dedicating, hard-working, and loving support that helps make a difference in every child’s educational future. Here are the top 6 reasons why Omega Learning® tutors are special.    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 Certification Program.   Omega... More »