Many people don’t realize that most homes come equipped with a unique science laboratory, one that is as close as your front door. All it takes to work in this laboratory is to leave the house and go outside. There are endless opportunities in the outdoors that lend themselves to science investigation and discovery. With.. read more →

Research shows that students with parents who are actively involved in their education fare far better academically than those whose parents are disengaged. One important way to stay involved is to attend parent-teacher conferences. These brief meetings are an informal yet important way for parents to connect with their child’s teacher(s). Even with busy schedules,.. read more →

About 15-20% of students have learning challenges of one form or another. Of these students, about 50% are classified by the Department of Education as “learning disabled.” What none of the data show, however, is that students diagnosed with learning challenges are often of above-average intelligence and have usually found creative and sophisticated ways to help.. read more →

Is your child studying topics that appear to be more complex than those you remember studying? Do you feel at a loss to help your child navigate math problems or book reports? You’re not alone. Many parents feel some level of intimidation when they hear the question, “Will you help me with my homework?” Parents.. read more →

21 Jan 2015
January 21, 2015

Building Critical-Thinking Skills at Home

A child’s first classroom is the home, where early learning experiences are shaped by curiosity. This curiosity is expressed in such ways as observing, exploring, listening, and modeling the behavior of others. Parents can build upon their children’s natural desire to learn essential thinking skills in fun-filled and creative ways. Critical-thinking skills are fundamental to.. read more →

The Common Core Language strand includes four domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Common Core also emphasizes two objectives of grammar instruction—accuracy and consistency. The standards state that students “…must gain control over many conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics, as well as learn other ways to use language to convey meaning…” Many of.. read more →

15 Nov 2014
November 15, 2014

Study Skills: What the Research Says

Numerous studies have been conducted recently about which study skills and habits are the most effective. Many of the results show that many commonly-held beliefs aren’t necessarily the most successful. We’ve sorted through the research and compiled a list of some of the most relevant findings. 1:   Alternate Study Locations Rather than choosing one.. read more →