How Does Homework Affect Students? (An Infographic)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Martina Lavoie from Oxford Learning

Homework can help a child succeed in school, but it can also become a source of considerable stress. As parents, you can help your child have a stress-free homework experience. Having a clear and organized homework routine at a young age helps children develop better homework habits as they get older, when homework becomes more difficult and time-consuming. There are many ways in which you can support your child, including providing a quiet homework area, creating a consistent schedule, hiring a tutor, and more.

Read the infographic below to learn more about how homework can lead to students’ stress, as well as helpful tips on helping your child deal with that stress.

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10 Easy Ways to Help Your Child Develop Self-Control

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Guest blog post by Alice Honeycutt

Self-control is an important life skill for kids to learn, ideally at a young age. If they know how to control their impulses, they will study instead of watching TV, save money for retirement, and otherwise “defer gratification”. Research shows that kids with self-discipline do better in school, get along better socially, and are more cooperative. They grow up to be competent, confident and content with their lives. These are not theories or assumptions, but proven insights from Walter Mischel, the psychologist of the famed marshmallow study.

Aren’t those some great reasons to help your young kids develop self-control? Here are 10 easy ways to help develop this useful trait in your child.

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Homework Study Skills: How to Study Smarter, Not Harder (Infographic)

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest post by Aris Grigoriou, Student Recruitment Manager at Study Medicine Europe

As students get older, demands on their time for both schoolwork and homework increase. Rather than studying harder (spending more hours on homework), they can study smarter. This infographic shares some useful study skills tips like chunking up study time into 30-minute blocks of time or taking a refreshing 20-minute nap.

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5 Simple and Inexpensive Educational Children’s Toys

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest blog post by Wassana Lampech

When parents hear the words “educational toys”, they may picture fancy high-tech gadgets or educational apps. But toys don’t have to be high-tech or expensive to be educational. Kids can have unstructured play with toys and still be learning. Here are 5 unexpectedly educational children’s toys:

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10 Tips For a Successful Party Book Fundraiser

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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Guest blog post by Ann Garrett, Executive Director of CISPA (California Independent Schools Parents Association)

I recently asked a group of approximately 30 Parent Association Presidents: What is your single most successful fundraiser with the lowest cost and “headache”? The response was unanimous – PARTY BOOK. What is a Party Book? It is a fundraiser consisting of an assortment of parties that families purchase to attend. Party Book allows you to create a community within your school body and raises money at the same time. Here are some tips on how to put together a highly successful Party Book Fundraiser for your school.

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10 Ways to Help Your Teen “Survive” High School and Prepare for College

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Image credit: Jeremy Jenum

Guest post by Bronwyn O’Malley, Marketer and Blogger

High school was hard when I was a teen, but feels like a cakewalk compared to the current demands on students to get into college. College admission has become much more competitive, and today’s teens find themselves under a great deal of pressure. Here are 10 ideas for helping your teen through their high school days and into the college of their dreams.

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10 Best Science Museums You Must Visit with Your Kids

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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If your kids love science, you are probably always looking for fun things to do next weekend, or on your next family vacation. To make your job easier, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best and most family-friendly Science Museums in 10 different US cities. The cities that we cover in this post are Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC. If you live in one of those cities, or if you’re heading there for your next family vacation, check out this handy guide of must-see destinations!

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Great Thanksgiving Ideas for Your Family

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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It’s that time of year again when our family gathers together for Thanksgiving. With young children, it can be challenging to keep them occupied throughout the day. Why not try some of the ideas we’ve rounded up? These games, snacks, crafts, table decorations, and stories are sure to keep your kids busy and happy.

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Using Games in the Classroom: a Creative Thinking Builder or a Discipline Breaker?

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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Guest Post by Jessica Freeman, freelance journalist from Sydney, Australia

We’ve all played and enjoyed games when we were kids. Back then, games were reserved for family time. At school, we were meant to tame our tempers and listen to everything the teachers said. Fortunately, things are different now. As a teacher, you have an opportunity to be part of that change. When games are used as instructional tools in the classroom, they boost students’ creativity and inspire them to learn.

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10 Best Bullying Prevention Resources for Parents and Educators

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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October is Bullying Prevention Month. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of this event, which was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006. Since it began, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. In this post, we have assembled the 10 best resources that parents, educators and the kids themselves can use to prevent, identify and combat bullying.

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