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I’m not afraid of that shadow under the stairs. Oh yes, I am!

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

The bloodcurdling scream stops you in your tracks; your heart skips a beat as you see the look of horror on your son’s face. The next sound out of his mouth is barely discernable, but your years of experience have made you an expert in translation. You let your breath out slowly as you realize […]

Staying connected to your child’s classroom

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

You’ve visited your child’s classroom for back-to-school night, met his/her teacher and scheduled your parent-teacher conference. Now what? Staying connected during the school year is an important step in your child’s education. More than 500 studies have shown the positive benefits that result when parents get involved in their children’s education, including improved grades and […]

Homework help: There’s an app for that

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Your child’s smartphone or tablet ranks high on the list of potential distractions to getting homework done. But instead of viewing technology solely as the enemy, you can harness its potential to improve organizational skills and enhance learning. An application called MyHomework (iOS, Android) provides a digital calendar for students to keep track of homework […]

SAT revisions begin in 2015

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

A revamped SAT®, that globally recognized college admissions test created by the not-for-profit College Board, is set to debut in 2016 featuring changes in what’s tested, how it’s scored and how students prepare. The College Board is making comprehensive changes to the standardized test to reinforce the skills and evidence-based thinking that high school students […]

How to raise an eager reader

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

If you love to read, it’s likely you hope that passion will be passed on to your children. You can play an important part in creating an eager reader before they ever step into a school classroom. More than just an enjoyable hobby, reading is the key to success in school and life. It is […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

At a certain age, career choices seem limitless: firefighter, rock star, astronaut, princess. Fast-forward 10 years and the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” can trigger fear, anxiety and outright panic. This is especially true for juniors and seniors who feel pressured to make a decision about their options. The […]

Getting exercise a smart idea

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A new study says exercise doesn’t just benefit kids’ physical health – it gives their brains a boost too. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that 70 minutes of play per day can improve children’s thinking, particularly in multitasking. The study included 222 children ages 7-9, of which 109 met after school […]

Being popular is a state of being yourself

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Middle Years | with 0 Comments

“I don’t know what I did. Brittany doesn’t like me anymore.” The young teen’s angst was palpable. She was 12, maybe 13, and in the throes of middle school. A long-time friendship had come to a screeching halt, and she couldn’t figure out why. “Brittany’s going to a party with the popular kids tonight,” she […]