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How soon is too soon to start discussing college with your distance learner? There's really no hard and fast rule, but the earlier you start, the better prepared she'll be to weigh the pros and cons of postsecondary options in her high school years. Here are a few tips for mixing the topic into conversation throughout your student's academic career. ...
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Families who send their students to Tennessee Virtual Academy may be looking for different educational options next spring. ...
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See You at the Pole is a prayer rally where students meet at a school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. ...

3 Ways to Make the Farmers' Market Educational

A great place to purchase fresh fruits and veggies, the local farmers' market is also home to several real world lessons for distance learners. Dig into learning on your next trip to the market with three tips to get your student involved in the outing. ...

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As your student gets back into the swing of the school year, set him up for success with a study zone that's all his own. A simple, organized workspace intended solely for school work goes a long way in helping your distance learner focus and succeed. Check out four important things to consider as you design your student's study area. ...

As summer draws to a close, our brains are overloaded with back-to-school banter. Oftentimes students get caught up in choosing the right courses, worrying about grades, and collecting the gadgets necessary to complete online schoolwork.

Let's take a step back and reexamine our priorities.

A refreshing blog article from 2013 titled Five Back-to-School Basics outlines a few keys to academic success that put Christ at the center of education. Though the message is geared toward students who attend a physical school, it applies to distance learners too. ...

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As Independence Day approaches on July 4, discover four fun ways to help your student celebrate and learn about our nation's beginning, as well as the traditions associated with the holiday. ...
Held in honor of the first modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is an annual international event celebrated on June 23. According to teamusa.org, millions of people in more than 160 countries participate each year with the goal of promoting health, fitness, and the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect, and sportsmanship.

At Alpha Omega Academy, we're proud of Olympic athletes like Sage Kotsenburg, an alumnus who earned the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi....
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In the digital age, technological distractions play a major role in many students' academic productivity. Really? Your distance learner might wonder. How harmful can a single text message, a quick glance at Facebook, or a short and sweet Tweet be?

According to a recent study, the average length of time that students spent focusing on a single homework-related task before redirecting their attention, often due to technological distractions, was less than six minutes. ...
During the summer months, many kids spend more time being active outdoors. Unfortunately bumps, bruises, scrapes, and scars are sometimes a side effect of summertime fun. Before your family gears up to head outside this summer, take some time to learn and put important safety tips into practice. ...
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