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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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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For years, SAT and ACT exams took a summer break along with students, meaning that students could get away with taking a short break from preparation before taking an early fall exam. But no more!  For the first time ever, the College Board has announced that there will be a summer SAT, which will take

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Your child just finished 10th grade and now he wants to prepare for the first-ever summer SAT—what?! Is this a good idea, or a wasted effort? Now that the SAT has announced a late summer test date—August 26th—for the first time ever, you might be wondering if this should be your rising junior’s first attempt.

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On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a segment on WTOP radio about finishing summer work! Completing those school-issued summer assignments should be a big priority, and here’s why. Listen to the clip or read below for all the tips.   With only a few weeks left in the summer, how much of a priority should summer work

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A new school year brings new classes, schedules, and after-school activities full of excitement. But for some, a new year means a new set of nerves and anxiety. If you’ve noticed your child is avoiding school supply shopping or hasn’t checked to see what friends are in their classes, they may be nervous for the

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Even though it’s summer, instead of spending your days watching Netflix and lounging by the pool, your time would be best spent by taking some time to prepare for upcoming college application essays. Don’t wait until September or October when you are stressed out with homework, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. Now is the time to

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Although summer is the perfect time to practice writing skills, many families have a difficult time balancing schoolwork and fun without becoming the “homework police”. To avoid this role and arguments with your child, encourage them to practice writing in creative ways! Practice writing names and numbers For younger children, have them practice writing their names and

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Schools assign book reports, math packets, and science projects over the summer to get kids ready for the coming school year. When your kids return to school, much of the curriculum is based on those summer assignments. Did you ever notice your child’s first quarter grades are lower than other quarters? That might be because

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Research shows that students lose up to 2.5 months in language arts and a whopping 3 months in math! But as a parent, how do you avoid a fight when your kid doesn’t want to complete an academic workbook? Instead of sitting your kid at the kitchen table with the workbook, read below for five

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