Children have an innate propensity to daydream. Wandering minds can drive some parents absolutely crazy, especially if they want their student to focus on a task for a period of time. With younger children, attention spans can be very short and limited in scope. Although some suffer permanently from attention deficit disorder, many children start growing attention spans as they age in maturity and mental capacity. [Read more…]
The countdown is on! This year the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England promises to offer the world thrilling contests in many sporting events including favorites like swimming, diving, track, gymnastics, volleyball, and more. The world's best athletes converge one week from now to put their talents to the test from July 25 – August 12. (Download or print the event schedule.) [Read more…]
Over 40 years ago, man made history; man walked on the moon (and finally confirmed it was not made of cheese!). In honor of Neil Armstrong's history-changing stroll on July 20, 1969 across the surface of another orb, we thought this week would be a great time to study about Man on the Moon.
Report cards can bring surprises, sometimes good and sometimes not. If your student is struggling with a particular high school course or has already failed one, you know the bitter disappointment and embarrassment this causes. Moreover, you are likely worried what long-term damage this may cause to your student's potential college acceptance.
In the summer, reading programs abound. Some are offered by the local library, student groups or clubs, local churches, or even a neighborhood group of parents. Unfortunately, summer reading programs, although well intentioned to get youth reading, are often based on a reward for reading a high quantity of books. [Read more…]
America wasn't born in one day.
Independence was a long, hard struggle that took many years, battles, and lives to accomplish. Yet, we stop on the 4th of July to remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 as the turning point to a new country, the United States of America. [Read more…]
Choosing a college can be a daunting, exciting experience. With so much pressure put on the decision, it can hard to see the forest through the trees. True, college is an expensive investment (especially these days) and choosing a good fit for your student helps ensure graduation success and hopefully a future job. [Read more…]
Summer is the perfect time for a journal. It's natural for kids to record their summertime exploits, vacations, camp memories, and secret crushes. However, as the digital age is now in full swing, more students are journaling online, instead of using those lock-and-key diaries kept hidden from annoying, little siblings.
Who wants to be inside during nice weather? No one! Get your student outside this summer with fun summer activities that not only burn off some of that energy but also keep learning going during break with outdoor educational activities. [Read more…]
Teachers will tell you one of the largest influences on student achievement is parental involvement.
Like a soldier going into battle, a student approaches learning with more tenacity if he knows he has someone he can trust to back him up, someone who will help when the times get tough. More to the heart of the matter, a student needs someone who cares, who believes in him, and who cheers every success. [Read more…]