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An Important Milestone: Reading Proficiency in the Third Grade

Kumon_GroupBy: The Kumon Team

Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is considered one of the most important benchmarks in a student’s academic journey. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade start falling behind in their knowledge and comprehension across all subjects. This effect “snowballs” as these students often fall further behind each year.

This is significant because the national average percentage of public school students reading proficiently in the beginning of fourth grade was only 34% in 2013. The other 66% of students are considered basic readers, and are four times more likely to drop out of high school. This finding comes from research conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which linked factors in students who drop out of high school. Many states have cited this report when making changes to their educational policies.

The Kumon Reading Program strengthens students’ reading abilities by building many essential literacy components such as vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. It’s important for students to read often and be exposed to a variety of genres to maintain reading proficiency throughout school. Getting into good study habits and developing strong reading skills as early as possible sets an important foundation for school success. Studying ahead of grade level enables Kumon students to read proficiently and be confident in their reading abilities.

Interested in Kumon’s reading program? Check out all available NYC programs and locations here!

It’s Fall! Here Are 10 Musts for Kids’ Classes This Season

While we’re all pretty sad that summer has come to an end, there’s so much good that comes with the fall: cool, crisp days spent outside (ok not today, but soon enough!); beautiful foliage; fun fall activities (think apple picking, hay rides, and more); and of course, the start of fall kids’ classes! If you need a few recos to get your family ready for the new season, here are some great picks that will make the fall the most fun season of all!

Jodi’s Gymstandard__DSC0128. This Upper East Side program has it all when it comes to gymnastics for little ones (age eight months to eight years). Weekly classes get kids running, jumping, and tumbling all season long, and offer just the right exercises and activities for every age and skill level. Plus, members are entitled to enjoy three free playtimes each week (that’s over 50 per semester!). So hurry up and enroll—classes start September 14!

Soc Roc. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean children can’t enjoy classes outside in the fresh air. Soc Roc offers awesome soccer classes in great outdoor venues such as Manhattan’s Central Park, McCarren Park and Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, and Astoria Park in Queens! This program allows kids of all ages to learn the basics of soccer while having a blast with their peers. And if outdoor classes aren’t right for your child, Soc Roc also offers indoor classes in various NYC neighborhoods. Classes start over throughout next two weeks!

Physique Swimminghi res-girls with paddleboards. Although swim season will soon be a distant memory, kids can enjoy swim classes all year long with Physique Swimming! Not only does this program offer classes for all ages, but it also has locations throughout the city, including FiDi, Lower East Side, Midtown East and West, Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. The classes help little ones get comfortable with the water, and teach basic skills such as splashing and blowing bubbles. So what are you waiting for? Classes start this week!

StageCoach Theatre Arts. Kids can be so dramatic sometimes, so why not let them channel their drama through a theater arts class? Offering weekend sessions on the Upper East Side, StageCoach has classes for kids age 4–14, where students spend an hour and a half singing, dancing, acting, and building self-confidence through group acting, solo work, and participation in an original play. It’s a great opportunity for your child to test his or her acting chops, and the perfect time for you to run a few weekend errands, all the while knowing your little one is happy and having fun. Classes start September 12!

Chocolate Works Upper East Sidestandard_sushi. With tons of fall workshops for kids age three and up, Chocolate Works is a delicious spot on the Upper East Side where kids learn to make sweet treats and use their imaginations at the same time. The store hosts regular workshops on both weekends and weekdays that teach kids how to make and decorate lollipops, chocolate pizza, candy bars, and even candy sushi! The program also hosts special holiday-themed classes (like Rosh Hashanah coming up!), so there are lots of options for everyone’s schedule.

The Art Farm in the City. One of the only kids’ programs in NYC to focus on nature and animals, The Art Farm in the City is a favorite on the Upper East Side. Kids as young as six months old can drop in for Play Time or enjoy a great variety of semester classes, such as their signature Rocks, Smocks, and Animals class or Farm Foodies Cooking Class. The fall session start this week, so reserve your child’s seat now!

JCC in ManhattanHappy little boy playing in playroom. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the JCC in Manhattan offers a tons of kids’ classes in ballet, sports, tumbling, tennis, and more—so no matter what you’re looking for, this program is sure to have it! They even offer weekly Little Maestros classes, the popular kids’ music program that started on the Upper East Side. If you live on the Upper West Side, this one is a no brainer.

Gymboree. This popular program is known for its Play & Learn enrichment classes, where babies learn developmental skills and are exposed to music, movement, and age-appropriate activities. But beyond this great program, Gymboree offers a whole lot more: art, music, and even preschool prep classes! There are many locations throughout Manhattan, so no matter where you live, there is sure to be a Gymboree nearby.

14th Street Ystandard_Musical_Notes_with_Nathan. If music is your child’s thing, you’ll find no shortage of great options at the 14th Street Y. Classes like Rock-a-Baby and Boogie with Brett incorporate songs, instruments, musical stories, and more and let kids age 12 months to three and a half years rock out. Beyond music you’ll find, sports, tumbling, language and more, as well as drop-ins for new parents looking for support or to get in shape after baby! Classes start September 14.

92Y. This Upper East Side program truly has it all—there are hundreds of classes available for babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and even adults. From perennial favorites like swimming and gymnastics, to unique options such as songwriting and classes focusing on twins, kids come from all over NYC to take classes here. The fall session starts throughout September, so you’re sure to find a class that works for your child’s busy schedule.