Parents, it’s that time of year again! I’m not talking about falling leaves and a brisk chill in the air, reminding us that winter’s not far behind. I’m also not referring to the Black Friday frenzy or the hustle and bustle of those door buster sales! Sure, you can practically smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven this time of year, but unlike the anticipation that comes with that feast—this event is far less welcoming. In one fell swoop, that e-mail pops in like a thunderous earthquake, with a subject line that reads: “Parent-Teacher Conference.”
Without even opening the email, a parent’s feelings can be summed up in two words—UTTER ANXIETY! Suddenly all these paranoid thoughts pour in about the label with which one’s child will be branded—ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Delayed Learner, or any number of behavioral, social, or anxiety issues. Then the thoughts start to become self-directed. Am I going to be branded a bad parent? Was I not an involved enough parent? Did I actually hinder my child’s progress in math, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, etc.?
The reality is that these are all “reactionary” responses that satisfy nothing more than putting oneself into a perpetual state of self-deprecating thought. You can actually rest easy knowing that you’re not the only one employing such approach. The schools and teachers have actually done the same thing. They were unable to get through to your child, so they sound the only alarm that they know—The Parent-Teacher Conference Alarm. Just to be clear, this is not blame fixing! To further clarify, it is unlikely that it is the fault of the child, the parent(s), or the teacher(s). It comes down to the simple fact that every child progresses at his or her own pace and schools are not equipped to deal with these variances.
Why is your child progressing at a slower pace? Perhaps it is a bit unfair to label it as “slow pace,” but instead it would be more accurate to say that he or she has missed out on some of the “foundational” skills. Schools generally move at a prescribed pace and some students understood the basic content before moving on to the next stage, whereas other children did not. Educational systems are like building blocks—if you don’t have a solid foundation, then eventually things start to break down!
What is the solution for this? First, it will be essential to change from a position of “reactive” to a more favorable “proactive” approach. This is not something that will happen overnight, so that upcoming Parent-Teacher Conference will simply have to be a “bitter pill” until corrective measures are put in place.
What are those corrective measures? One really incredible corrective measure that can be taken is enrolling your child in a program called Fit Learning. Their approach to learning is unique and as a result, they have the ability to transform the way in which your child learns. Their methodology is science-based and grounded in two distinct disciplines—Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Precision Teaching. With merely 50 instructional hours of Fit Learning, most children have been able to advance one to two full grade levels.
What makes our tutoring learning center at Fit Learning different? First, every Fit Learning session employs a highly engaging, one-on-one approach that is customized to the needs of each and every child. Fair warning—since it is “Custom” and it is “Intensive”—it is not cheap! While it is expensive, unlike many after-school programs that show no end in sight, Fit Learning can be done in as little as one 50-hour session—depending on the needs of your child. With that being said, your child may need either Fit Math, Fit Reading, Fit Logic, or all three—depending on where his or her deficiencies lie. The goal of the Fit Learning program is to fill in the gaps that the schools have left open.
How does Fit Learning fill in those gaps? Remember when I stated earlier that schools move at their own prescribed pace? When this happens, students rarely retain all the essential material, much less learn to a level of full fluency. The Fit approach is one that applies a system known as fluency-based learning. Children do not progress to the next level until they’ve mastered the material at hand. Within the school environment, the only way they measure success is in the number of correct answers, whereas Fit Learning also factors in “time” as a critical component. Without time, there can be no fluency, so it is not enough to merely know the answers. One must be able to provide the maximum number of correct responses within the shortest period of time. The material should be as easy as reciting the alphabet! We expect children to know their ABCs to full fluency, so why should other subjects be any different?
Okay parents, you may not be able to complete a 50-hour Fit Learning enrollment before the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences, but there is time to be ready for the next round. Once your child completes his or her first enrollment, keep in mind that there may not even be a need for round two at all. Very often they are scheduled based on teacher concerns, so if there are no concerns…guess what? There are no conferences! Wouldn’t that be nice?
Now that you understand the expanding educational gaps that are developing with every passing school day, you can better prepare for future success. It is not too late! By recouping those lost foundational skills, you can fill in the holes that have been left behind. Our tutoring learning center can help! Call today at 630-216-4193 to schedule your child’s assessment!