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Too Much Screen Time Is Hurting Your Child’s Grades!

A recent study out of Cambridge University found that a student’s grades are being dramatically impacted by the amount of screen time they are exposed too.   The study looked at over 800 fourteen and fifteen-year-old students, who on average, spent a total of four hours interacting with

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Five Free Homework Websites

Tears flow freely after spending an hour trying to solve a math problem.  My child pats my back sympathetically and reminds me to use a “growth mindset” when facing a challenge. Experts may debate if and when parents should help with homework, but the reality exists that

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Mom, I HATE School!

Okay, here we go.   Your worst nightmare is happening, well, maybe not your worst, but definitely one of them. Everybody else’s kids seem to be delighted to be going back to school and yours is still lying in bed with the covers drawn tightly over the top

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Tips to Help Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle School

Transitioning from elementary school to a junior high or middle school creates stress on children and parents alike.  Take time this summer to help prepare both you and your child for this milestone. Tips to Help Your Child Transition Successfully from Elementary to Middle School Explore the

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Why You Need Different Academic Expectations for Different Siblings

Have you ever wondered why school seems to come easily to one of your children while the other has to really “work at it?” What you are likely seeing is not a difference in your children’s academic abilities, but simply how much better one child’s learning style

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Use Unstructured Summer Time To Build Executive Functioning Skills

Letting your children spend more time on less structured activities this summer just might help them build a brighter future. A study by the University of Colorado Boulder found that children who spend more time in unstructured activities, such as reading, free-play alone or with friends, and

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Three Easy Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer slide or summer learning loss occurs when students don’t stay academically active over the summer.  On average, students lose two months of grade level equivalency over the summer. A student struggling with reading risks losing the hard earned progress they achieved during the school year to

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50 FUN Summer Activities to Build Executive Functioning Skills

One of the buzz words today in education is “executive functioning skills” (EFSkills). With the increased demand on students to achieve higher standards to be ready to compete in a global marketplace it isn’t surprising this word is finding its way into teacher/parent conferences. A Standard List

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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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