Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Vocabulary

Since the adoption of Common Core in the US, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom. This makes vocabulary a matter of standard and law, so it’s pretty important to make the most of vocab lessons. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to teaching vocabulary.  DO help students come up with their own definitions. Studies show that students are much more likely to retain meaning…

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2017 Edition of ISEE/SSAT Preparation Book Released!

We are excited to announce that we are releasing our 2017 Edition Preparation Book for the ISEE and SSAT tests, as well as the Boston Latin Exam. Mastering the ISEE and SSAT 2017 Edition will be sent to each student! We have thoroughly researched all of the current test preparation strategies for the ISEE and SSAT tests and developed proprietary materials that enhance the current approaches and make them more effective for instruction. We have…

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Advice for Student Writers

There is no one way to learn how to write, but that is part of the beauty of writing. Here are a few tips for students who want to become better writers.  1. Write often and in different styles. The best way to improve your writing is to write as much as possible! Give yourself a boost with regular and varied writing practice, such as journaling, essays, stories, poems, blogs, and more. Perhaps the best way…

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Everything You Need to Know About the PSAT

If you’re going to be a high school junior this coming fall, you will likely be taking the PSAT. Are you ready? Check your knowledge against the basics by reading on below! The PSAT is important to your future success because of its focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. Your results will be a good measure of what you learned so far in high school, as well as what you need…

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Improve Your Test Scores: SAT Test Dates for 2017-2018

Spring SAT scores are out and if your child’s scores were not what you had hoped, it can be easy to become worried. However, most students take the test more than once and there is still time to improve scores by taking Fall SAT tests. The 2017-2018 test dates are as follows: Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017 October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017…

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Summer Enrichment Programs in Massachusetts

Summer is quickly approaching and you may have started to look for activities for your children to participate in during vacation. One of our recent newsletters talked about summer camps around Massachusetts. If summer camp is not something your child is interested in, summer enrichment programs are also an option. These programs focus on academics and many even provide college credit to high school students who participate. These programs can include a variety of classes…

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Special-Needs Summer Activities in MA

With summer vacation quickly approaching, you may be starting to wonder about how to keep your child active and having fun over the break. We know this isn’t always an easy task, so if you’d like some ideas to kick off the summer, please see below our list of some June special-needs events in Massachusetts.  Accessible & Adaptive Recreation Fair WHERE: Artesani Park/Herter Park, Brighton, MA WHEN: June 3rd, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.…

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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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