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The Inside Scoop on ACT Testing!

When do students typically take the ACT test?

Juniors typically take the tests in the Spring (April, May, June) of their Junior year and may try a 2nd or 3rd time in the fall of their Senior year (Sept and Oct). Those are the most popular test dates. Students normally start applying for colleges in the fall of their Senior year.

What is the highest math level tested on the ACT?

The ACT tests up trigonometry.

If my child takes the test too early, will they score lower on the math portion because they have not learned the concepts yet?

The concern by parents of testing too early before math concepts are learned is valid. For those students, the test can be taken in June after their Junior year and then again in the fall. But then they only get 2 chances, where many people like to leave themselves 3 opportunities to take the test.

Is there a penalty for wrong answers on the ACT?


Are all ACT test scores sent to schools?

No. There is a “Score Choice” option. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores and which scores the schools will see.

When is the best time to register for the ACT test?

The best time to register is at least four weeks before the test at www.ACT.org.

Does tutoring help increase test scores?

With College Nannies and Tutors one-on-on ACT Test Prep Services, which focus on both content and test-taking skills, we have seen an average of a 3-5 point increase on ACT scores for our students. Ninety-five percent of the students who have worked with a College Tutor have improved their score.

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City

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Keeping Learning Alive this Summer!

Happy Summer KC Families!

You can take advantage of learning opportunities each and every day this summer. Summer learning doesn’t have to involve textbooks. In fact, it is well researched that hands-on or experiential learning helps move concepts from the abstract to the concrete.

Summer is the perfect time to solidify learning by helping children make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and real-world examples. Students might have learned the basic physics principles behind how airplanes fly, but why not put together a wooden airplane to demonstrate the concept?

Trip to the park? Bring a field guide, and have fun identifying different tree types. Collect fallen leaves and bark and talk about similarities and differences. Trip to the beach? During snack time, talk about how waves are formed. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Museums commonly have free days or times each week. Visit local museums several times in the summer to build upon the previous visit and deepen learning.

These examples illustrate the point that summer learning at home does not have to involve a lesson plan. It does involve, planning, however, but the good news is that there are a multitude of educational websites designed to give you ideas, activities, and information. Parents and caregivers can spend 30 minutes at the beginning of the week printing off something fun and unique for the week ahead.

Here are a few of College Nannies & Tutors’ favorite summer learning practices:

Read 20 minutes per day. Why discontinue something that students are required to do each day during the school year? Help children appreciate reading as a lifelong activity. This also a great way to incorporate some much-needed down time into an active summer day.
Get outside and explore. Air, water, grass, or city park, teach children to ask questions about their environment and seek answers.
Learn by doing. Baking, gardening, arts and crafts, constructing – children are wired for hands-on learning. This is the easiest mode of learning and the most fun for everyone!
Teach by example. Don’t expect students to sit still for a carefully crafted lesson in the summer while you watch hands-off. Engage in activities and learning opportunities with them, showing your interest and leading them in exploration.
Make connections to the classroom. Visit local historical sites to help your child visualize the history lessons learned in the classroom. Ask your children for their math expertise: counting change, measuring for your small home improvement project, or estimating how long a car trip will take.
Parents, caregivers, and tutors have a responsibility year-round, but especially in summer, to take an active role in educating children. A summer of learning will translate into a lifetime desire to learn! What a great gift to give our children! Are you ready to take the Summer Learning Challenge?

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City

Nanny & Tutor Placement Experts & Hourly Childcare



Early Exposure to Music Increase’s Children’s Brain Development

Research shows that music helps build children’s self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Early music instruction produces cognitive benefits in the area of spatial-temporal reasoning.

Studies have shown that young children who have developed rhythm skills perform better academically in their early school years. Children who take music lessons have better verbal memory skills than others and may find it easier to learn in school.

Children seem to be naturally drawn to music right from the start. Fostering this inborn love of music can begin as early as infancy. Parental involvement is an important factor in early music training and can greatly improve the experience.

Early childhood music programs such as Kindermusik focus on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. Early musical experiences can help children develop their singing voice, build steady beat competency, develop listening skills, and give expression to their feelings. These valuable skills will benefit children when they begin formal music lessons.

So when should children begin piano lessons?

Around the ages of 7 or 8 years children typically begin piano lessons. By this age children are more ready to sit still and concentrate and their hands are big enough to reach the keys. By age 8 children usually have developed the ability to do abstract reasoning which is needed for staff note reading.

Children will learn much more than just music in playing the piano. They will achieve valuable skills such as self-discipline, mental concentration, a sense of timing, the ability to hold up under stress, memory skills and many others that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Give your child the gift that lasts a lifetime…..Music!

Article submitted by:

Denise Revo

Denise Revo Music Studio offering Kindermusik and Piano

Lees Summit, MO


Schlitterbahn KC is a Hit with Mom and Kids!

Hello KC Families!

Made my first trip to Schlitterbahn yesterday. Haven’t have a day off where I haven’t worked at all in many weeks, feeling so incredibly guilty that the kids are out of school and other than a couple of camps we haven’t done any “family” trips, sooooo off to Schlitterbahn we went! It was one of the first sunny days with absolutely no rain we’ve had in quite a while and it was actually a ton of fun. They had something for all ages (kiddos are 10-16), we all enjoyed and everyone was comfortable. The best part – from my “mom point of view” – was FREE parking AND we could bring in all of our own drinks, lunch and snacks! (are you listening WOF???) We pulled our cooler in and enjoyed our favorites (and the Price Copper cost instead of the usual $9 burger price at most amusement parks). The lazy river is always my favorite at this type of place but according to the kids there were enough whitewater slides to thrill each age. There appears to be a lot more construction to come as they grow and add attractions. Looking forward to seeing what else they have coming, but for the moment it was well worth the trip. Check it out and be sure to use the coupon we have in our current issue right now, you can even print it out from our digital iFamilyKC book online. If you go, let us know what you thought. We love to hear what you think!

Check out www.Schlitterbahn.com


Why Getting Messy is GOOD!

(Family Features) Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.

Research shows that various types of play and parental interaction are vital to the healthy development of children.

Play expands kids’ minds and neurological development. Self-initiated play improves skills such as problem solving and interpreting and is important to brain development and learning.
Play boosts children’s creativity and imagination. Play gives children the chance to invent, build, expand, explore and develop a whole different part of the brain.
Play stretches our children’s attention spans. Playing outdoors just 30 minutes a day increases child’s ability to focus and pay attention.
Play boosts self-confidence and self-regulation. Kids learn to become masters of their own destiny without an adult directing, pushing, managing or scheduling
Play helps kids learn to enjoy just being in their own company, entertaining themselves and developing identity. Ease that guilt when your kid says, “I’m bored, Mom!” and wants to be amused by you.
Visit http://www.all-laundry.com for more information and to download a coupon and go to www.facebook.com/alllaundry to share your favorite messy moments.

Summer Checklist from Inspiring Moms!

Summer is here! To many parents, that means fewer demands, no more homework, and planning festive family vacations, yet it also means swim lessons, baseball practices, games, tournaments, tutoring, all sorts of camps, and endless requests for play dates. Add to that the stress of managing your family’s “free time,” and summer can feel as overwhelming as it is welcoming.

If this sounds like how you are feeling, you are not alone. If you’d like to start the summer off right, consider the beauty of a plan or following a daily checklist.

A checklist is a powerful tool. It is a list of tasks that you need your kids to accomplish each day. It provides the comfort of daily structure as it orients your kids to what is expected of them. Think of it as their personal step-by-step guide to morning and evening success. Who doesn’t want that? Kids love to feel successful.

Our kids are capable of so much more than we think. We just need to set them up for success. The morning and evening checklist do just that.

Gone are the days of “Have you made your bed? Did you brush your teeth?” Your kids will now hear positive and encouraging statements like, “I love the way you are using your checklist. Good for you!“ If one of your kids asks to head over to a friend’s house, simply respond with “That sounds like a great idea!” Your making great progress on your checklist, keep it up!”

Start now and download the Inspiring Moms summer checklists for free by clicking: http://bit.ly/a2fLAk . There is one for kids who are gone for the day, maybe at camp or daycare, as well as for kids who typically stay home during the day. There are pictures for your little ones who can’t read and a brief phrase for those who can. Pop each list into an 8 by 10 frame and keep them out on the kitchen counter or island. Your kids will love them!

Remember, practice makes permanent. Stick to the list, be as consistent as possible, praise progress, and most importantly, make it a great summer!

Amy Hilbrich Davis

Happy mom of seven, Mom and Family Expert, CEO of Inspiring Moms, and creator of the Balance MAP!


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