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Read-Aloud Books for Young Children

September 16th, 2019

As we begin to shift from summer into fall, it’s a wonderful time to introduce read aloud books to your young child, if you are not already spending time together this way.  Beyond bonding time, there are so many great intellectual and character-building benefits that are seen from this time, as well. So be intentional to […]

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The Right Way to Praise Your Child

September 10th, 2019

The Right Way to Praise Your Child is Free! I’ve said it so many times, and it’s true: Kids will work hard for praise, and it’s great for parents because it’s free! One of the things I’ve mentioned on our member parent training calls is that there’s a difference between praising your child for working […]

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The Best Way to Prepare for the CogAT® Test

September 4th, 2019

Lots of parents these days are finding that their kid will be taking the CogAT® test. This test is a cognitive test often given to children to measure how well suited they are for a gifted and talented or other advanced program. Many kids find themselves taking the test early in the school year, so […]

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Language Comprehension: Blank’s Language Levels Framework

August 28th, 2019

Is communication a challenge in your home? Your child may carry that same struggle with him into the classroom. Research shows that language difficulties affect roughly 15% of younger students, wherein, they do not have the skills to cope with the demands each school day brings (Hart & Fielding-Barnsley, 2009). So what begins young, can […]

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The Spelling Bee

August 19th, 2019

A Change of Mind-Set The complaint I hear most often from parents during this get-back-to-school time of year is how hard it is to change their child’s mindset from an all-day of play to an all day at school.  After delving into the topic even further with the parent, they usually relay the same story […]

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Parenting 101: Handling Common School Year Disasters

August 13th, 2019

Leaving behind the freedom of a school-free summer and getting your kid back into their autumn routine isn’t always easy. One survey of working parents showed that nearly half of them reported back-to-school stress being so bad it interfered with their work. Here’s a parenting 101 guide for the following scenarios and guidelines to make […]

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How to Help Build Your Child’s Memory Skills

August 2nd, 2019

How to Strengthen Your Child’s Memory As Dr. Mel Levine contends, “More memory is needed for school success than is required in virtually any career.” That’s why you want to work on your child’s memory skills in the formative years to set a strong foundation for the future. For kindergarten and testing success, children need […]

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The Most Common Test-Taking Mistakes Older Children Make

July 25th, 2019

NEW! Being Careless and Not Being Prepared Not Knowing How To Take a Test Not Managing Information Correctly Attention Issues We are beginning a new series today, similar to the common test taking mistakes younger kids make, but this time it is from another vantage point: older children.  And with it comes new challenges and […]

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Back to School Checklist

July 15th, 2019

Back to School Checklist: Yes, it’s that time again! In our house, we are a month out from the first day of school! I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve talked to who failed to get their child ready for the beginning of the school year. Proper back-to-school preparations are about much more than buying […]

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Speech Development Delays

July 5th, 2019

This mom asks a great question regarding her daughter’s speech development–while she is ahead in some things, she has fallen behind here.  Here are some great tools if your child, too, is experiencing some speech development delays. Question from a Concerned Mom My daughter just turned 3 and seems to be bright as she has […]

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