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Back-to-School Through the Years

This month, as kids across the metro embark on a new school year with sharpened pencils and crisp notebooks, we step into the KC Parent archives for a peek at some of our past back-to-school issues. While many hot topics of the ’80s remain front and center for today’s parents of school-age children—healthy lunches, bus safety, easing homework headaches—other topics have gone by the wayside, and new matters have risen to prominence.

Creating (and Sticking to) an After-School Routine

That time of year is upon us once more. We are purchasing supplies, filling backpacks to the brim and setting alarm clocks. Kids and parents alike are diving into a brand new school year—with both the fun and frustrations that accompany it. One such challenge can be establishing an after-school routine. Creating and sticking to one can be difficult, but the benefits far outweigh the potential challenges. Local moms share the top five ways to keep a child’s routine on track.

Creative Activities to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

When daily course work gives way to summer fun, keeping kids’ brains sharp can be a struggle. While summer bridge workbooks or packets are important and helpful, there are other ways to keep your kids thinking while having fun at the same time. Check out these ideas to get you started!

Why I Homeschool, and How I Make it Work

I remember the first time I learned about homeschooling. It was just a few years ago, in fact, and my first impression was, “I don’t know about that.” What exactly didn’t I know? Well, pretty much everything!

The Rise and Demise of the School Computer Lab

Every student received a laptop to use at school and at home, and with that, most computer labs went away.

Ready, Set, Write!

Learning how to write is just as crucial as learning the alphabet, numbers and how to read.

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Against this competitive and comparative backdrop, a tutoring craze has exploded, not just nationally, but internationally. Homework help. Test prep help. Help with individual school subjects. Studies show that children as young as age 3 are being introduced to tutors, fueled by the idea that one can never start learning too early.

Raising a Lefty in Our Right-Handed World

If you are raising a left-handed child, you are probably thankful that he or she is growing up in the 21st century, a time when left-handedness is usually accepted and sometimes thought to be superior!

Importance of Arts Education

Because programs such as Common Core encourage schools to focus their curricula on subjects like reading and math, many parents and experts are debating the value of art education.
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