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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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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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Reading

While video games may not be as bad for students as was once thought, there is one activity so beneficial to a student’s success that its importance cannot be overstated. This activity has been linked to improved performance in English, Social Studies, History, Foreign Language and even

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The Good and The Bad of Video Games

So your child has finished their homework, organized their notes and studied for their upcoming test next week. If you’re child is like 91% of other children in the US, you probably know what they’ll do next. Play video games!  While there has been a lot of

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Studying on your computer or phone

Teacher’s often dread the presence of cell phones in their classrooms as tools of distraction and cheating on tests. But they don’t have to be. With the proliferation of mobile electronic devices there has also been the creation of some excellent tools students can use to study,

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Study to Success!

After your child’s notes are well organized it’s time to make use of those notes and start studying. How to study can be the most confusing part of academic work for some students, and most students consider studying to be a part of preparing for tests only.

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Tips for Taking Notes

Along with the homework your children bring home, studying and preparing for tests and quizzes is a major part of their school endeavor. Tests can seem daunting, but with good note taking skills students can feel better prepared and more confident. Well-practiced note taking skills can also

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Homework

With the beginning of the school year comes the return of backpacks full of worksheets, textbooks, novels and take-home tests. Homework is an important part of student’s schoolwork and can be challenging for them and sometimes even for parents. When students fall behind in their homework it

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