Online Learning Comes to the Virtual World from SCORE! Educational Centers

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SCORE! brings its educational expertise, tips, information, and community events to parents, students and educators in relevant monthly themes.

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Because children will be interacting in a group setting, they will build their self-confidence and improve their public-speaking skills. They will also have the opportunity to meet other children and make new friends in the community.

Spelling & Studying, the first of many new topics aimed at providing parents, educators, and students with relevant and insightful information, can now be found on Passing Notes, SCORE!'s new blog introduced this month. Parents will also be able to follow SCORE! on Twitter, where they can receive helpful tips on the topic of the month, and be notified of new blog postings, as well as newly reviewed and recommended books from Shelfari.

NEWS

SCORE! partners with Upromise and increases contributions for March.

  •     Save for your child's education whenever you buy a burger, a shirt, groceries, or even fill up the tank.
  •     Since 2001, Upromise has partnered with thousands of businesses across the country, in all kinds of product and service categories, that donate contributions to a 529 plan on purchases made. (link - http://www.scorelearning.com/upromise)
  •     SCORE! matches 2% of every purchase for parents with a Upromise account, and we're increasing it to 3% for March only.

The Annual SCORE! Community Spelling Bees start in March!

  •     The annual SCORE! Community Spelling Bees are held at 39 locations beginning in March and continuing though mid-April.
  •     To participate, visit SCORE!'s website, find a center near you, and stop in or give them a call to register.
  •     Participants in grades K-8 do not need to be students of SCORE!, but should be willing to learn, have fun and meet new friends.

"The benefits of participating in the Spelling Bees reach beyond improving language skills," said Stacy Caldwell, Vice President of Educational Affairs for SCORE! "Because children will be interacting in a group setting, they will build their self-confidence and improve their public-speaking skills. They will also have the opportunity to meet other children and make new friends in the community."

Parent Quick Tips

Tip: Involvement. Engaging in a child's learning early adds to your credibility, reduces surprises and leads to open discussion about life.

Tip: Talk with your child and teachers. Understand expectations for learning, homework, social skills and behavior so everyone's informed.

Tip: Positivity. When talking about school with your child, always remain positive no matter your feelings about the school or teachers.

Tip: Organization. A daily planner helps to record homework and project due dates. A folder can double as an IN (to do) and OUT (done) box.

Tip: Gatekeeper. Check finished homework against the work listed in your child's planner. The key: Consistency.

Tip: Feedback. Solicit feedback from the teacher on your child's homework turn-in rate and the quality of the work.

Tip: No misunderstandings. With your child present, share your expectations with the teacher so everybody is on the same page.

Tip: Homework help. Regardless of your knowledge of a subject, ask questions that will help your child come to the answer on his/her own.

Tip: Comprehension. Ask your child to read aloud, stopping occasionally to ask for an explanation of what just happened in the reading.

Tip: Spelling. Record your child saying a word, pausing, then spelling the word. On playback, he/she can write it at the pause and then check it for accuracy.

Book Reviews and Recommendations

  •     SCORE! Learning has provided their expert reviews on many books covering topics for parents like the best practices of learning and recommended reading for children grades K-9 on Shelfari.com.
  •     Shelfari users can read the reviews and post comments on selections to help other parents or children make well-informed decisions.

About SCORE!

SCORE! Educational Centers, Inc., a division of Kaplan, is a leading provider of after-school learning programs for children in Kindergarten through ninth grade. With the goal of helping children reach their academic potential in math, reading, writing, and more, SCORE!'s program includes personal attention, positive reinforcement, and a customized online curriculum that adapts to each child's pace and learning needs. SCORE! boosts kids' confidence and teaches goal-setting skills, which lead to success in all academic areas. SCORE! has served more than 450,000 students since 1992. Kaplan is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). For further information, please visit SCORE!'s website or call 1-800-49-SCORE.

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