Web Safety and Literacy

In the technology era, web safety and literacy are crucial skills that students must develop early on. From research projects to social media, there can be a lot of misleading and incorrect information online. Teaching your kids about how to differentiate between what is true and what is not is a skill that will go a long way in keeping them educated and safe. Read our tips below on how to start the conversation and…

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Best Places to Buy Books

While reading is an activity that has many benefits, it can also become costly. In 2016, the average price for a Hardcover book in the United States was just over $21. This may not seem like a hefty price tag until you find yourself purchasing a few books a month. The total can easily come in over $100, or much higher, depending on the number of books read each month. However, reading is essential for…

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Methods for Taking Notes

Students tend to take notes on their computers more and more nowadays, but studies show that putting pen to paper in class is much more effective. But are your written notes always a mess? Try out these popular note taking methods and find one that works for you.  Cornell Method This method originated at Cornell University, which is how it got its name. It has a wonderful format in which you can condense, organize, and…

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Combine Fun and Education This Summer Break

Some students begin counting down to break time as soon as a new school year begins, and even the ones who enjoy school are often excited to take an extended hiatus from their studies. As a parent, you may wonder how you can sneak in some learning during summer break. Balance summertime fun with educational activities this summer by trying the ideas below.  Bring a Book Leave the iPads at home and encourage kids to…

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Author to Read: Henry David Thoreau

Do you love reading? Writing? Nature? Beauty? Philosophy? Social justice? Learning about yourself? 2017 marks the 200th birthday of American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Henry David Thoreau was a transcendentalist writer who lived in Concord, Massachusetts. Much of his writing focuses on nature and how understanding nature can help us to understand and empower ourselves. His most famous book, Walden, is a testament to his ideas about philosophy, nature, and individualism. His long…

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Books That Teach Empathy to Children

In my previous post, I stressed the importance of teaching empathy to children in school and at home in an effort to prevent bullying. Empathy, as opposed to sympathy or compassion, is a starting point for understanding both ourselves and other people from the inside out. In that vein, here are some wonderful books that can help teach your child about empathy.  Wonder by R.J. Palacio. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that,…

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The Link Between Bullying and Empathy

Bullying is such a prevalent part of life that almost everyone can say that at some point in their lives, they have either been bullied, bullied someone else, or witnessed bullying. According to our government, bullying is defined as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” One out of every five children report being…

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Nature’s Classroom

One of my favorite memories from elementary school was the week long trip I took to Nature’s Classroom in Ocean Park, Maine. For those who have not heard of it, Nature’s Classroom is an outdoor learning facility that offers residential programs for schools and large groups in the New England area. During the time spent here, student get to learn about a variety of topics through hands on experience in nature. I fondly remember dissecting…

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SAT II Subject Tests vs. AP Exams

Do you have a child who is a junior in high school? If so, they may be planning their schedule for the fall and deciding whether to take Advanced Placement class, how many to take, etc. They may also be starting to think about whether or not they should take the SAT II Subject Tests. While there are some similarities between the two, deciding which to take is something that will vary from child to…

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Books for English Language Learning Students

It’s hard enough to be a kid these days, but English language learning students get an extra level of challenge. Research shows that reading comprehension in English Language Learners gets a boost when students have access to culturally relevant books, however. Candis Grover, director of literacy and Spanish development at educational website ReadyRosie, says, “Story is both individual and collective. Students need more than just a few scattered stories; we need to give them a large…

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