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Six Easy Ways to Develop Better Study Skills

Study skills are learned over time.  While your child will be responsible for building good study skills, you can help support their growth by providing suggestions, supplying structure and organizing your home in a way that supports development of their study skills.  Your child’s age will determine

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Your Child’s Teacher Wants to Hear from You

A fear of bothering your child’s classroom teacher may make you reluctant to contact him or her.  But what if communicating with your child’s teacher actually helps them do their job? Research from Vital Smarts shows there are five things that teachers want parents to tell them

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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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