Success in September

Prepare kids for academic achievement in the new school year with these tips.

According to Michael Smith, director at Huntington Learning Center in Stillwater, the best way to get kids ready for the challenges of a new school year is to dedicate a little time each day to refreshing their skills in math, reading and writing.

Smith, who’s been an educator for six years and at Huntington for less than a year, suggests finding creative ways to practice throughout the day: Help your child add prices while at the grocery store, pause during a movie and ask them to summarize the plot, or have them write a story about their day.

“These silly games can really help students develop comprehension and critical thinking skills,” Smith says. He also recommends making a to-do list with tasks like “read for 10 minutes” and “do four math problems,” allowing your child to tick them off as they go.