Top 10 Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here are some tips to guide the way: Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers.

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Help Your Child Get Organized; Part 1

This is a 2-part blog about getting your child organized giving tips and advice. Part 1 focuses on how to organize and part 2 focuses on how to get started! Most kids generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might flit from one thing to the next — forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started. You’d like them to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible? Yes! A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest, organization is a skill learned over

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Creating a Reader-Friendly Home

A home filled with reading material is a good way to help kids become excited readers. What kind of books should you have? Ask your kids about their interests. If they’re too young to tell you, ask your local librarian for suggestions about age-appropriate books. Keep a Variety of Reading Materials Collect board books or books with mirrors and different textures for babies. Preschoolers enjoy alphabet books, rhyming books, and picture books. Elementary-age kids enjoy fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, plus dictionaries and other reference books. Kids can understand stories they might not be able to read on their own. If

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Importance of Organization for Students

After working diligently on a project, you don’t want to get a failing grade because you couldn’t find your work when it was due because you were disorganized. Not only does organization keep you on track so that you can earn the grades you deserve, it prepares you for the working world, where organizational skills are a requirement in many jobs. If you start practicing effective organizational skills early in middle or high school, you’ll do much better in college and be fully prepared for a successful career. Keep Up In school, information comes at you at increasingly faster speeds.

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Six Steps to Smarter Studying

How did you learn how to ride your bike? Someone probably gave you a few lessons and then you practiced a lot. You can learn how to study in much the same way. No one is born knowing how to study. You need to learn a few study skills and then practice them. 1. Pay Attention: Good Studying Starts in Class Here’s a riddle for you: Did you know that before you even begin studying, you’ve already started? Huh? Here’s what we mean. When you pay attention in class and take good notes, you are starting the process of learning

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Fun Things to Do With Kids in Winter

Got cabin fever? You’re not alone. Being stuck indoors all winter will make anyone antsy. Instead of going stir crazy, try these fun things to do with kids in winter. From unique craft projects to fun in the snow, your entire family will grow closer as you make it through the colder months together. Arts and Crafts  Make paper snowflakes and hang them up in unexpected places around your home. Make a pine cone bird feeder using peanut butter and birdseed. Then hang it outside a window where you’ll get to see the birds enjoy the treat each day. Draw

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Top 10 Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

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