Every summer has a rhythm to it… In June, the whole family is excited! Your kids are “free at last,” and you’ve finally earned yourself a well-deserved break from the before and after school routine. Then July rolls around. Prime vacation time. It’s the middle of summer and everyone is ready to get away… whether

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[Writing practice] + [Summertime] = [Fun for your kids] I wasn’t a math major, but I know enough to tell you that in the majority of households, that equation DOESN’T hold true. It’s hard enough to get them to sit down and write during the school year… How in the world is this going to

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The first step to finding the best private school match for your child is to understand the timing of the process. Although the timeline varies a bit from school to school, the following schedule is a good overview of what to expect and when to expect it.   Summer Begin to compile a list of

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It’s become a predictable yearly debate that rolls around every June: Should my kids really be getting summer homework? And if they do have it assigned, what’s the best way to tackle it so that they can actually learn something over the summer (rather than just being stuck with busywork)? Here’s the thing: At some

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All the time we get asked by parents of high school sophomores and juniors: “Do we need to pay attention to the PSAT?” And the answer is… it depends. Now it is true that your score won’t be seen or count towards college admissions, but there are a few reasons why you may not want

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If you’re a parent, and you’ve started the process of looking at private schools for your son or daughter, there’s one thing that’s clear: You care deeply about their education. You want to give them access to the best teachers, the best curriculum, and the best opportunities for getting into top colleges and going on

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Should we think about getting a summer tutor? Or is it better to just take the summer off? “My son had a rough go this last year in math. Would it be worth it to have him work with a tutor over the summer to help get ready for when he starts Algebra for the

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Use It to Ace the Next Exam   ‘Tis the season for final exams, unit assessments and chapter tests. What does it take to ace these exams? It’s not just the time that’s put in; it’s also the method of studying that produces the best results. Over the years, I’ve seen bright kids that don’t

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The year was 1979. Rod Stewart and Peaches and Herb were topping the charts, and there I was staring blankly at my math test, feeling lost. Although I should have been able to do two-digit divisor long division, I really couldn’t. It all seemed so complicated and I froze. The fourth grade was coming to

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Every day I speak to parents who are stressed out and confused. If you live in the DC area, you can probably identify with being “stressed out.” But many are also confused at how their smart kids can be so scattered. The parents who call our office looking for help are confounded by the fact

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