Parent-Child Advice

Science Learning Apps We Love

Keeping up with the app landscape is not easy! New apps are made all the time, and it can be difficult to sort out which ones will actually help your child learn.  There are many great-looking apps that aren’t designed well for learning, while others may not look great at first, but upon closer inspection are wonderful for learning. All of these science learning apps are designed for expanding your child’s knowledge and skill set, and…

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Best Free or Cheap Math Learning Apps

Does your child struggle with math? Sometimes some extra practice or making things a little more interesting can help. You can make practicing math skills fun by using these free or cheap math learning apps. They are all well worth checking out!  Motion Math: Zoom ($2.99)–numbers. This app for elementary students helps kids learn numbers and decimals with a fun and engaging game. Motion Math Zoom features the world’s most interactive number line – kids have…

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

If you’re a writer or a student, chances are you’ve experienced writer’s block. It’s a very frustrating situation, so you may be wondering what exactly it is, why it happens, and how you can make it go away. Read on to find out! What is writer’s block? Writer’s block is when you are unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with your writing. It happens to every writer at some point…

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Top 5 Language Learning Apps

Learning a new language can be a challenge, especially for older children and adults, since forming the necessary cognitive frameworks is easiest for young children. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is our list of the top six language learning apps currently available at the app store.  HelloTalk–the messaging app. This app is unique because it covers a vast array of languages (over one hundred), and also because of the teaching style. With HelloTalk, you…

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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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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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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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