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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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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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The Learning Habit Study, Part 2: Family Time

Family Time’s Influence on Academic Performance 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

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Is Your Child Gifted?

There is no standard psychological definition for giftedness.  This ambiguity can leave you to navigate the question alone, but navigate you must – as a gifted child may not fit well into a traditional school environment. To help, the following checklist is from the Minnesota Council for the

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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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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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