Talk So Your Kids Will Listen

Saturday, 31 December 2011 by

Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of parents facing all kinds of homework and study issues.  Many have been successful in dealing with these issues, but others have not. Those who have made the greatest progress have done two things:  They have opened up lines of communication within their household and they

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Some topics really seem to strike a chord with parents. These articles appeared in past newsletters and received a big response from our readers. 5 Homework Tips Every Parent Must Know Have a Math Test? 6 Proven Solutions to Study Smarter Parenting Styles and Why They Matter Get Organized with the Latest Smart Phone Apps

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The iconic overstuffed student’s backpack is quickly becoming a relic of the past and as a result, the way parents oversee their children’s progress in school will never be the same. Paperless Schools With an estimated four out of five K-12 schools having some sort of presence on the internet, teachers are quickly turning to

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Thinking of a last-minute gift that will make learning fun? Take a look at our recommendations for stuffing your kid’s stocking with gifts that will be both popular and educational. E-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook – All ages E-readers are perfect for students of all ages. They have internal dictionaries

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When Homework and Perfectionism Collide

Saturday, 26 November 2011 by

Does your child erase and redo homework over and over again until it’s just right?  Is anything less than 100% not good enough?  Welcome to the world of perfectionism, where unrealistic expectations are daily and unrelenting.  Perfectionists engage in frequent hypercritical self-talk, bringing themselves down and creating a whole lot of stress within the family. 

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I’ve always been interested in research-based ways to help students complete their homework more efficiently.  As parents, it’s our natural instinct to say things like “Turn that off!”, “Stop texting”, or “Facebook can wait.  Do you have to check your account while doing homework?”.  But in reality, our kids may “need” their technology and perhaps

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These workshops, presented by Ann Dolin, are free and open to the public! Thursday, November 15th 7pm – Cunningham Park Elementary, Vienna, VA Starting Off on the Right Foot: 10 Powerful Solutions to Ensure a Stress-Free School Year Wednesday, November 16th 7pm – St. Charles School, Arlington, VA 5 Proven Strategies for Raising an Academically

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Why Is Reading So Hard for Some Kids?

Monday, 14 November 2011 by

Picture two students, side by side, reading a fairytale from a storybook.  One student easily reads with expression and enthusiasm, “Once Upon a Time”.  The other student slowly reads “On up a tim.”  Both students live in the same neighborhood, have educated parents that read to them at night, and were exposed to literature at

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Let’s face it, math is different.  The study skills and processes your child has used in other subjects won’t necessarily serve her well when the time comes to prepare for a big math test. What is the best way to study for math tests?  Our language provides an important clue.  We don’t say “do the

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Forty years ago an Indiana electronics company brought a product to market that did more to change American K-12 education than almost anything else. The company, Bowmar Instruments, began selling the first handheld pocket calculator for a whopping $240!  By 1976, the cost of the cheapest four-function device had dropped to a few dollars and

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