Huntington Learning Center Holland has been serving the Toledo, Ohio area since September 2006. By using their own unique teaching methods, they have helped thousands of students reach their full academic potential. Their methods of teaching are especially helpful when it comes to helping their students bridge learning skill gaps. Their method of coaching features a targeted approach for each student instead of the one size fits all approach which is found in many school systems today. They also have some helpful tips for parents who wish to assist in helping their children overcome their learning skill gaps.
“School is not easy for every student, and when difficulties arise, parents don't always know what to do. One of the most common—and most serious—issues that struggling students have,” says Steven Feldman of the Toledo Huntington Learning Center, “is when skills are missing.” "Academic skill gaps are the missing links between what children need to know in a particular grade or subject and what they actually know," he explains. "Left uncorrected, those gaps in knowledge grow bigger, and then a students' lack of important skills make it difficult or even impossible for them to keep up with classwork or continue moving forward successfully in a subject." Feldman’s LinkedIn profile shows that Huntington Learning Center has over 40 years’ experience helping children learn.
Feldman noted that there are ways that parents can help their children if they suspect their child has one or more skill gaps. One is carefully observing them during homework time. This will help a parent figure out what is tripping up their child. It will also help identify why a child is functioning with some tasks and struggling with others. According to Feldman, a parent having an open conversation with their child’s teacher on a somewhat regular basis is also highly recommended. It will help a parent get insight into what is happening in the classroom and if it looks similar to what they have observed at home. He says it may be something as simple as the child being absent on important days and needs to catch up or they have trouble focusing during instruction. The learning center representative says it may even be a case where a child’s skill gap stems back to last year’s schooling and is only getting worse this year. A direct conversation between a parent and child can also be a big help. Feldman advises to approach this conversation lightly and it should never take place right after a frustrating homework session. It should include open questions on how a child feels while doing homework and in school. This conversation often surprises parents when they get their child’s perspective as to why they have skill gaps. It may also be beneficial to share this information with the child’s teacher.
If this does not seem to be working, Feldman says parents are willing to contact Huntington for help. He mentioned that skill gaps will only grow if they are not fixed. There comes a time when every child needs individualized instruction on the areas where he or she is lacking understanding or missing key foundational information. In math, for example, many skills build upon one another. He says if a child never learned basic concepts to begin with and his or her teacher is now on a more complex subject matter, that child is likely to have a hard time completing work correctly or at all. More on this subject can be seen on this learning center’s Facebook page.
Skill gaps happen for a variety of reasons, explains Feldman. He says, "Sometimes children hide their knowledge deficits well in elementary school because they're able to compensate temporarily for the skills they are missing. Other times children cover up their learning problems with a bad attitude or by causing distractions in the classroom." When people ask him how the learning experience at Huntington can help their child he says, "We will evaluate your child's abilities, identify the skills he or she is missing (or weak on), and create a targeted program of instruction that will help your child get back on track. The sooner you act, the sooner your child will regain his or her confidence and self-esteem."
Those who want more information on this respected school in Huntington, Ohio, the learning center representative says that they can be reached by phone at 419-867-4000 or they can visit their website at https://huntingtonhelps.com/center/holland. Feldman added that any Huntington parent who places a quick call to them and chats for 10 minutes will better understand how the Huntington Learning Center can greatly improve their child’s chances of bridging their learning skill gaps.
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