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Warning, Parents! Trust Your Gut When it Comes to Your Child’s Education

The end of the school year is a time for reflection and really thinking through whether your child’s learning needs and full potential are getting met in their current educational setting. We were recently forwarded an article from a past client about a young student and his

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Tips to Prepare for Your Child’s Graduation

Graduation had me sobbing over otters.  Kindergartners dressed as otters singing goodbye to kindergarten and hello to big kid school. Fast-forward to high school and I’m digging through my purse for a receipt or anything mop up the tears as I look at my strong, confident son, but

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Five Fun and Educational Volcano Actitivies

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, thirty-five years ago this week. In honor of the eruption, below are five fun and educational volcano activities to share with your kids this summer. Fun Summer Learning Activity #1 Be a History Sleuth Even if you were not

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Is Alternative Education Right for Your Child?

If you did not fit into the traditional public or private school setting growing up, you were likely forced to adapt your learning style, learning preferences and interests to fit the educational system.  Alternative education was probably not considered.  In fact, you may have thought it was

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Is Your Child Getting the Right IEP or 504 Accommodations?

Every student is unique so it may make take time and creative thinking to find the accommodations that best support your child. Your child’s IEP or 504 team should generate ideas on accommodations that support your child. As a key member of your child’s IEP or 504

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Help Your Child Deal with Another Bad Report Card

If third quarter progress reports reflect another difficult school session, you need to stop and consider the impact this is having on you and your child. Chronically poor performance in school makes report card time painful and discouraging, so as the parent, you need to prepare for

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What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

For the first time this year, Washington State public school students will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment to measure their acquired learning against the new Common Core State Standards. As a parent, you need some background information on both the standards and the test. Integrating the

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Why Your Child Needs Summer Learning

The U.S. is currently ranked 14th internationally in education. There is ongoing debate in our nation over eliminating the traditional summer vacation to extend student learning in order to help our children be more competitive in the global economy. When the nine month school year was first

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The Learning Habit Study, Part 3: Parenting Style

Parenting Style and Academic Performance The Learning Habit Studyis a large online survey that took responses from 21,145 families and at looked at the impact of three variables on children’s academic success: screen time, family time, and parenting style.  In this series of blog posts, we will

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How to Deal with a Difficult High School Teacher

A difficult high school teacher may be a challenge and learning opportunity you and your teen will face together.  In high school, especially a large public high school, your teen may not be permitted to switch out of a class that has a difficult teacher so adaptation becomes their

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