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Prepping for Testing

Prepping for Testing

No matter what your feelings are about standardized testing, it is a part of our educational system that is here to stay. I always tell my kids that it is not mine to take away the hard things in life, but it is my job as their mother to love them through it!

The Skills of Tomorrow

The Skills of Tomorrow

Research has always been an important part of school and will continue to be. It is full of even more possibilities now with the vastly expanded amount of information available to students that they couldn’t access before.

Eager Learners

Eager Learners

The way learning is approached at home (or not) will carry forward with kids into the classroom. Regardless of whether your child is in elementary school or high school, there are things you can do at home to foster eagerness in your learner.

Graduation

Graduation

Do you know someone who is graduating this year? Maybe you, yourself, are a graduate. This time in May is considered a bitter-sweet moment to many. It is sweet because of the great rejoicing due to such an accomplishment but perhaps bitter because of the closing on this part of a graduate’s life. Whether you are a graduate or a friend of a graduate this can be a time of encouragement and learning.

How Technology Is Changing Education

How Technology Is Changing Education

What we remember about our school days: chalkboards, cursive writing, heavy textbooks and the Dewey Decimal System. What our children will remember about their school days: computers, eBooks, cell phones and texting.

Get Geography Smart

Get Geography Smart

Some fun ways for the whole family to learn about or brush up on geography skills.

 Volunteering: Good for the student, the teacher and the parent

Volunteering: Good for the student, the teacher and the parent

From popping popcorn to making bulletin boards, from shelving books to making photocopies, there are many ways to volunteer in and out of the classroom. Volunteering has many faces and benefits the student, the teacher and the parent.

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

In 2013, Oct. 9 is International Walk to School Day. There is an online pledge for parents and their children and resources for schools in the Kansas City area at www.WalkToSchoolKC.com.

Raising Gifted

Raising Gifted

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

Applying for College, Year by Year

Applying for College, Year by Year

Graduation is just four short years away for your child who just entered high school, and you may be wondering what you can do now to help your student get into college. Starting preparations early is important, so don’t put everything off until the senior year when it may be too late to get into your child’s top schools.

Homework Help

Homework Help

Let’s face it—most kids don’t LOVE homework, and who can blame them? I know I don’t want to come home and do more work after clocking in an 8-hour day. But it is a fact that they will have to do homework to make it through their schooling career.

Best Educational Apps for Kids

Best Educational Apps for Kids

Advancements in mobile technology and the rise of tablet usage have revolutionized the way that students learn, connect in the classroom and complete assignments. Long gone are the days of worksheet stacks and laborious hours spent drafting the perfect paper by pen.

Managing After School Madness

Managing After School Madness

Follow these great tips from parents and parenting experts.

Saying Good-bye: Surviving the first big drop-offs!

Saying Good-bye: Surviving the first big drop-offs!

It’s the first day of school for your little one and time to prepare for that first big drop-off and good-bye! Maybe it’s the first day at daycare, preschool or even kindergarten, and wherever it is, for you and your little one it is a big transition.

Back to School Traditions

Back to School Traditions

Summer’s end brings big changes, and traditions are a fun way to ease the transition back to school. Here are a few of our favorites.