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Take Control Of Homework

Although very few students love homework, it does serve a purpose. Homework helps you: Reinforce what you've learned during the day. Build study habits that are essential in college. Prepare for your classes. Get a sense of progress. Here are some tips to help you deal with homework more efficiently and effectively.   Set the Mood Create a good study area with everything you need (for example, a calculator). If you don't have a quiet place at home, try your school or local library.   Know Where to Begin Make a list of everything you need to do, and note... More »

8 Tips To Earn High Score on SAT Essay

Success on the SAT Essay depends on preparation as well as execution. Consider the following when mapping out your test-taking strategies and game plan:   1. Understand the SAT Essay Scoring System Unlike your multiple-choice answers, which are scored as either correct or incorrect, the SAT Essay is assigned three scores. Two readers will score your Essay separately and assign a score of 1 to 4 for each of three sections that include Reading, Analysis, and Writing. The two reader's scores are then added together. SAT Essay score reports provide these three separate scores, each on a 2 to 8 scale. For example, a possible... More »

How To Motivate Unmotivated Readers

Even if your child is motivated to read, supporting them with a variety of ways and options will keep their momentum going. Here are seven tips to open up the wonderful world of reading for your child.   1. What’s “Just Right”? Children feel confident and competent when they read books that are “just right.” But how do you find a “just right” book? Have your child read the back and front cover, and first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Be... More »

7 Tips To Keep Kids Healthy During Cold Season

Every mom and dad knows as the days get shorter, and the wind gets colder, out comes the cold medicine and the thermometers. In the northern hemisphere, fall and winter mean cold and flu season, and all those germs are hard on little bodies. Keep your kids healthier this sickness season with these seven tips.     Keep up on preventative medicine The best way to fight a cold or flu is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The Center for Disease Control recommends all children six months and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Also, make sure... More »

Why We Give Thanks

The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to a Native American called Squanto and the settlers of Plymouth Rock, known as the Pilgrims. It all began in England in the early 1600s. A group of Englishmen got fed up with religious persecution. Historians refer to them as separatists. Separatists and their families fled to the Netherlands for religious freedom. For a few years, they enjoyed religious tolerance. But some members of the group wanted to establish a new religious community in the New World. Hoping to find a better life, they negotiated with investors to fund their voyage to... More »

Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

For a tear-free celebration, observe these safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the National Safety Council.   Dress-Up Smarts: Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material. Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may obscure your child's vision and hinder his breathing. If you... More »

6 Signs Your Child May Have a Learning Challenge

During the elementary-school years, a child's learning difference becomes more apparent. Youngsters must absorb new vocabulary words at the same time that academic demands increase. Kids who are struggling can fall way behind. To identify a potential learning challenge, ask yourself:   Does your child have uneven skills — performing well in some areas, struggling in others? Success in one area shows he has the intelligence and maturity to read, but he might have a learning disability that prevents him from recognizing word sounds and linking them to letters.   Can she decode grade-level texts as well as write simple, coherent... More »

Homework Habits for Beginning Learners

The goal of homework is to help students remember and understand what they learned in school that day. For children ages 5 through 7, it can also help teach them independence, responsibility, and time-management and planning skills, all keys to success in the real world. A little homework can go a long way and 10 to 20 minutes each day for children in kindergarten through second grade is seen as most effective, according to the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).   Here are some successful homework habits to get your children on the right path:   1. Set the stage. Your... More »

Help Your Child Become An Avid Reader

Most parents understand the value of sharing reading experiences with their child. However, not all realized that the way they read to their little one, and even how they interact with their child during playtime, can impact learning. Parents can help grow literacy skills while teaching their child to draw, play catch, or count numbers. What’s most important is making these experiences fun, engaging, and memorable. “The more children interact with reading material, the more active and confident readers they become,” says Dr. Carolyn Jaynes, literacy learning designer at LeapFrog, a developer of innovative, technology-based educational products. “Read with your... More »

College Freshman Survival Guide

Moving away from home for the first time can be scary – for both students and parents. But life in the dorm shouldn’t cause freshman fear. Get started now preparing for your college career, and you’ll be ready for class in no time.   Plan ahead. Start thinking about what you’ll need to thrive in dorm life. Make a list of items to purchase for your dorm and for class. Check with your college for a list of recommended items as well as items that are not allowed in the dormitory.   Create a budget. Determine how much income you’ll... More »