March 23, 2021
There has always been a gap between parents and students and nowhere is that more obvious than at the homework table. No matter how helpful and well intentioned parents are they can be met with hostility and stubborn students. These 10 tips will help build a successful bridge between learning in the classroom and learning at home.
Jan. 24, 2021
When it comes to critical thinking for kids, it’s important to remember that analytical thinkers aren’t suddenly created in kindergarten! Many parents and perhaps teachers may worry how today’s increasingly tougher curriculum standards can be taught when our children are hardly ready to think critically on their own. But as the popular saying goes, it’s about the journey, not just the destination! Read this article to learn more about what critical thinking looks like at the elementary level, and what parents and educators can do to help children develop the mindset needed for deep analytical thinking!
Oct. 12, 2020
For parents and teachers of kids with special needs, distance learning presents an entirely new challenge: how to support the neediest of children when they are stuck at home learning through a screen! When cameras are off, and teachers and their aides are all on the same call together, it can seem impossible for these kids to get the accommodations they so desperately need. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tools we can offer for both families and educators. Keep reading to find strategies for supporting students with special needs during virtual classes.
Aug. 17, 2020
When it comes to the upcoming school year, there’s no shortage of worries that parents may have regarding the transition from online to in-person or hybrid learning. With many areas still facing virus outbreaks, it’s understandable to have questions about how to keep kids safe. Though some schools are beginning the year online, the ultimate goal is to get back to the classroom sooner rather than later. If you’re worried what that might look like, you’re not alone! This article gives a broad overview of where schools stand with reopening and offers 6 key considerations for transitioning your child back to the classroom when the time comes!
Aug. 11, 2020
You may have seen something about it on the news or social media, but during this strange summer amidst ongoing coronavirus outbreaks, microschooling has become all the rage! If you’re looking to find more information about teaching pods, what they are, and benefits versus disadvantages, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn about how pods can help both teachers and families!
July 28, 2020
We’ve already talked a little bit about the touch choices parents will have to make as students prepare to head back to the classroom, whether in person, or online. But one option that many parents are considering in the age of the coronavirus is to homeschool their children. At this point, you might be asking yourself, “is virtual school homeschool?” It’s a great question, too, because many parents may be confused over what makes it different if kids are learning at home under both modes of instruction. This article is meant to lay out the differences. Keep reading to learn more about these options, and points to ponder when making a decision between the two!
July 6, 2020
This month or next, many parents around the country will have to make a difficult decision: whether to send their children back to school. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t even be a question for most families, but amidst the pandemic, districts across the nation are offering a choice between returning to campus as usual or continuing with online learning. If you’re agonizing about making this important choice, you aren’t alone! This article discusses in depth what parents should consider as they decide between online or face-to-face learning.
May 1, 2020
Afraid of the summer learning slide? Put your child to work in a fun and meaningful way by creating a unique summer learning plan tailored to the needs and interests of your child. Select rewards, create goals, and plan exciting activities that will energize your child for summer learning! This article offers you a step-by-step guide to designing your child’s very own summer learning program that will keep him and her learning each and every day this summer break!
March 10, 2020
For generations, students in America have been accustomed to receiving letter grades for their schoolwork. Most kids and parents have come to accept that letter grades from A-F measure a student’s success in a subject. But do those grades truly reveal the whole story behind a child’s proficiency? Many educational experts now think the answer is a resounding no! A new grading system has been sweeping the country, and it uses the best practices in grading and assessment to support student learning. Keep reading to find out more about Standards-Based Grading, or SBG, and discover how it benefits students, parents, and teachers.
Jan. 8, 2020
When your child is bored at school, it could seem impossible to reignite their previous curiosity and love for learning. For teachers, it’s common problem that strikes kids from elementary through high school, and it can seem just as hopeless an endeavor as it seems for parents. But like in anything else, there are many reasons for why it occurs, and just as many ways to tackle the problem. Read this article to find out why kids get bored with school, and how to make learning more meaningful and enjoyable!