Finding the Right Match for Your Child

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Back when I grew up, there were no other schooling options for me, other than the school down the block. Clearly the environment and teaching style weren’t a match for young Kevin Leman. But that experience developed a deep-seated desire in me as an adult to do everything in my power to ensure that every child is given the opportunity for the right school match. That’s what led me to found the swiftly growing Leman Academy and to pen this book. Parent, one of the most important things you’ll ever do is steer your child’s education. That’s why it’s critical you evaluate your child’s schooling options carefully. Today’s options on the education menu are many—likely more than you think at this moment. You don’t always have to pick just one. You can try a la carte items that are uniquely suited to each individual child as he or she grows. But where do you start when the options can seem so overwhelming? You might be thinking about getting your 3-year-old or 4-year-old launched into preschool. You may be wondering if your 5-year-old is ready for kindergarten. Or perhaps you have a fifth grader or middle schooler who is discouraged in her current environment, and you want to try something new. Or maybe you’re concerned about your 15-year-old daughter’s safety in the school she’d be attending this fall and desire to explore other options. No matter your situation, Education a la Carte will introduce you to a menu of options to consider in your decision. Then you’ll want to do further research about the options that look best to you in your specific locale. You, after all, are your child’s most trusted advocate. No one knows your child or her particular bent better. If you choose one direction and realize after a year that it didn’t work as well as you’d thought it would, there’s nothing wrong with saying, “Let’s try something different.” Choosing a different direction in education isn’t a failure. It’s a smart strategy to pursue the best match with your child’s present and future in mind. The type of schooling you pursue for your child is one of the most critical decisions you’ll ever make as a parent. That’s why you deserve to see and weigh the options for yourself.

If you have a high-flying child, you’ll need to become the grounding that child needs as you sort through life’s options together. If you have a child who struggles academically and hates to read, you’ll need to become the sleuth who helps figure out how to make education meaningful and targeted. If you have a child who thinks school is boring, you can work together to figure out how to make it exciting and fun. If you have a child like me who keeps you guessing with his antics, I know your road seems difficult right now. But I’m living proof of the hope that anyone can succeed in life, given the right motivation.

The biggest motivation your child needs is your approval. Knowing you accept him, support him, and believe he is competent to tackle any hurdles he faces in school—yes, even when some evidence seems to point to the contrary—can set his trajectory for the positive in life. Someday that child will even thank you. I know that firsthand.

Dr. Kevin Leman, Education A La Carte Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2017. Used by permission.

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