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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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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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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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Tips to Help with Back to School Anxiety

Starting the new school year can be very exciting for some kids!  They look forward to a fresh start with a new class, new teacher and new friends.  But, for some kids, the idea of change can be extremely intimidating and cause anxiety. Common worries in children

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What Does your Teenager Need from You?

The teenage stage is an awkward time for kids.  They begin to separate from their parents and assert themselves.  People expect more from them.  They want to be grown-up, but developmentally they are still immature.  They aren’t sure who they are yet and are still learning self-regulation. 

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Parenting our Tech Savvy Children.

Its summertime…… the sun is shining, the air is warm, the birds are chirping and you ask your children, who are busy playing  Minecraft on the Xbox, “Do you kids want to go to the pool today?” and their answer is, “No we don’t want to go,

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