Parent-Child Advice

Best Young Adult Books of Summer 2017

September is upon us and the children have gone back to school, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy some of the best books of the summer! Check out these great young adult books released in summer 2017.  Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which…

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What Every Student Needs When Starting School

The first day of school is the end result of a lot of preparation! After weeks of gathering lists, purchasing supplies, and scrambling to find that obscure scientific calculator that no one has ever heard of, you would think that the student would end up starting school with everything she needs to be successful. Of course, this isn’t always the case. While we tend to think of supplies in terms of tangible items (like backpacks,…

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Last Minute Summer Reading Tips

Does your child continually put off starting their summer reading? Does she protest that there is plenty of time and that you are being ridiculous for suggesting getting started now? Some students hate to read and will always avoid it, but even those who enjoy books sometimes resist reading in the summer. Here are some strategies you can try to help your child finish up that last minute summer reading.  These first two strategies may…

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College Roommate 101

There are a few things you should keep in mind before contacting your roommate for the first time. First off, remember that both of you are likely nervous and excited about similar things: leaving home, starting college, having a roommate, figuring out your meal plans and where to buy books. This is a great place to start to connect.  Second, before contacting your roommate, try to think about what you know your living style to…

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7 Things You’ll Wish You Packed for College

It’s mid-August, and for recent high school graduates going off to college, that means it’s time to start packing. Deciding what to pack for college is undeniably a difficult process–what exactly will you need? How can you be sure that you brought enough of everything? This list doesn’t have everything you need by any means, but here are a few items that current college students have said they wish they’d packed for college.  Safety pins.…

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Social Studies Apps We Love

Learning Social Studies concepts can be a challenge for children, as there is a lot of ground to cover within this one subject. These apps alone range in subject matter from geography and world cultures to news and history. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is a list of our favorite Social Studies apps currently available at the app store.  News-2-You. This app is a virtual, symbols-based newspaper perfect for special-needs students. It includes the symbols…

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Top 5 English Language Arts Apps

Educational apps like these are no substitute for tutoring, but they can help provide a little extra practice! Check out our list of the top 5 English Language Arts apps currently available for download.  Grammar Jammers. If your child is struggling to learn basic parts of speech or finds this topic intimidating at school, then Grammar Jammers could be an excellent way to ease them into grammar. Fun songs, animated characters, colorful images, and simple…

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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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