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November 9th, 2017

The Importance of Parent Engagement in a Child’s Education – Part 2

Last week, we talked about how important it is to be involved with your child when it comes to his or her education, but many parents wonder, what does parent engagement mean?  How can I be most effective when it comes to involvement in my child’s education? What Does Parent Engagement in Your Child’s Education […]

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November 6th, 2017

The Importance of Parent Engagement in a Child’s Education – Part 1

Children spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school.  As hard as teachers and schools try, you cannot depend on them to give your child all they need when it comes to education.  The research for parent engagement is consistent, positive and convincing – The more involved a parent (or […]

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October 26th, 2017

Brain Food for Kids: Carbohydrates

Your child should eat plenty of healthy carbohydrates for optimal brain function. When it comes to eating healthy nowadays, sometimes we dismiss all carbohydrates as being bad for you.  But that is not true.  Actually eating carbs from whole foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes, provide high-quality fuel for your child’s brain function. While not an […]

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October 26th, 2017

Brain Food for Kids: Protein

Children need daily protein to grow and develop properly.  When your child eats foods that contain protein, the digestive juices in his or her stomach and intestine go to work. The protein is broken down into basic units called amino acids, which can be reused to make the proteins his or her body needs to maintain muscles, bones, blood, and […]

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October 26th, 2017

Brain Food for Kids: Healthy Fats

Healthy Fats = Brain Food This week I want to dive into the topic of nutrition, and how fueling our bodies with the right foods can meaningfully affect cognitive abilities! While we know that consistent test preparation is crucial, factors such as focus, motivation, and mental alertness may fizzle if we are running on empty. […]

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October 17th, 2017

More Everyday Activities that Can Help With the ITBS Subtests – Part 2

More Everyday Activities that Can Help With the ITBS Subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, and Humanities Sections As we discussed earlier, the content areas covered correspond to the students designated grade level. Students who are in Kindergarten Through 3rd grade (levels 5-8) are exposed to: Vocabulary Word Analysis Reading Comprehension Listening Language For children in 3rd […]

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October 13th, 2017

Everyday Activities that Can Help With the ITBS Subtests – Part 1

Everyday Activities that Can Help With the ITBS Subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, and Humanities Sections The ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) is an achievement test administered to students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Schools offer this test as a means of examining students academic performance. They assess this measure of ability based upon the […]

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October 8th, 2017

Cooking with Your Kids: How Cooking Together Can Increase Your Child’s Math Skills

Let’s Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Together! Today on the blog we will be delving into the exciting world of cooking and numbers. Baking and/or cooking is a cognitively engaging activity that combines tactile exploration with literacy and quantitative learning. Spending just a little time in the kitchen each week can be an excellent tool […]

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September 28th, 2017

Every Day Activities that Help With the CogAT Subtests: Quantitative Battery Part 2

Last week, we discussed what was on the CogAT Quantitative Battery and a few different activities that you can do to practice for it using things you likely already have around your house. This week, we will discuss two more activities you can do to help prepare for this section of the test. If you […]

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September 21st, 2017

Every Day Activities that Help With the CogAT Subtests: Quantitative Battery

In this post we will be continuing our discussion of the everyday activities that can help your child prepare for the CogAT subtests. Over the past 2 weeks, we discussed how to best practice for the CogAT verbal subtest. Today, the attention will be shifted to the quantitative battery, with the goal being to ensure […]

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