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5 Ways to Help Your Child Talk About Their Day

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Talk About Their Day

“How was school today?” “Good.” It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ve had that conversation with your child at some point in their school career. It can be frustrating when you genuinely want to hear some highlights from your child’s day, but even when you ask them open-ended questions, they don’t give you much of anything to discuss. Pushing through the challenge of sharing a little bit about their experiences every day is good for both your child and you. Oftentimes they would really like to connect with you about what they’re going through, but they don’t know where to...

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5 Winter-Themed Learning Activities

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5 Winter-Themed Learning Activities

Now that it’s the middle of winter and the excitement of the holidays has worn off, it’s the perfect time to add some zest to your snow day or after-school routine with some crafts or games that double as educational tools, and allow you to spend some quality time with your child. These ideas can also be used in a classroom or child care setting. Read on for five of our favorite winter-themed learning ideas. Paper Plate Snowflake Yarn Art This fun craft is cheerful, colorful, and helpful for practicing hand-eye coordination and beginner sewing techniques. Winter Collage Scene for...

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The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

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The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

Giving kids a sense of their place in history can orient them to their identity and culture. Knowing history allows us to form a mental image of when any given historical event took place. For example, you may have never heard of the AD 17 Lydia earthquake, but if you have a general knowledge of ancient history, you might hear about this earthquake and you’ll have a sense of what the world was like at that time. Learning the fundamentals of ancient, medieval, and modern history gives you a framework to understand the passage of time and how our world...

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New Year's Check-In for Students and Parents

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New Year's Check-In for Students and Parents

Welcome to 2018. Even though it’s a new calendar year and not a new school year, this is around the halfway point in the academic calendar of a traditional school year, which makes it the perfect time to stop, take stock of how your child is doing academically, and set or refresh your goals to help them succeed the rest of the year. Here are some areas to consider as you think about finishing the 2017-2018 school year strong: How is homework going? Is the after-school routine a source of stress, or a predictable time for your child to unwind...

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Preparing Your Grade Schooler for a Test

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Preparing Your Grade Schooler for a Test

As your child moves from kindergarten into the upper grades of elementary school, she’ll begin to encounter more “real” tests on the material she’s been learning. Elementary school is the perfect time to start teaching good study habits. Here are some ways you can help your child prepare for test day. Review daily. If your child has a spelling test on Friday, go over the words with him every day that week. Don’t make the review session long and arduous; by revisiting the information on a daily basis, you can keep it short and sweet while still encouraging memory retention....

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