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The Learning Habit, Study Part 1: Screen Time

The Learning Habit Study is 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 look at the findings

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Later High School Start Times Can’t Come Too Soon

Eighty percent of the Northshore School District parents and staff surveyed last November supported a later start time for high school. The Northshore School Board responded by passing Resolution 714 directing a high school start time no earlier than 8:00 am to be implemented by the 2017-2018 school

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Does Your Child Have ADHD or is He or She in the Wrong Learning Environment?

An article in the New York Times said, “Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the new data from the Federal Centers

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Pacific Science Center has Free Early Hours for Autistic Guests

The Pacific Science Center invites autistic guests and their families to a free morning visit on the second Saturday** of each month in 2015.  The Exploration for All: Autism Early Open program begins two hours before the center opens to the general public.  The program is funded

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Does Your Student Have a High School and Beyond Plan?

Post-secondary education planning is not just for high school upperclassmen.  The Washington State Board of Education recommends a student create their required High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) in the eighth grade and continue to revise it throughout high school. A well designed HSBP will help a

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Questions to Ask at a Parent-Teacher Conference

It is helpful to you and your child’s teacher if you come to your child’s parent/teacher conference prepared. Here is a list of questions to help you get the information you need to understand your child’s teacher, your child in the context of their class, and this

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15 Classic Games that Promote Learning

Brock’s Academy was founded on the belief that every child has the capacity to love learning.  The challenge is to fit learning to the child’s personal style and interests.  Games are a great way to do this and there are hundreds of very fine games sold as

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How to Buy That “Just Right Book” This Holiday Season

In the movie A Christmas Story Ralphie uses his coveted Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring to frantically decipher Annie’s secret message. Ironically, when an adult wants to give a child a book for a holiday gift, it also triggers a frantic attempt to decode a secret

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Are Your Child’s Grades Online?

First quarter is ending which got me thinking, “Is it now common practice for school districts to host online grade systems, and if so, how easy is it for a parent to find them?” To answer this I did an unofficial survey of school district websites in

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Let’s Get Creative!

Autumn is here and for many of us that means the rain has arrived as well. With the rain outside, children spend more of their time indoors, mostly playing video games. But the television doesn’t have to take over! This is an excellent opportunity to do something

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