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Conquer Summer Brain Drain: Let Go of the Guilt!

July 5, 2020

Summer vacation is coming—for some of us it’s already here—and that means it’s time to tackle Summer Brain Drain again. How do we keep our kids’ brains active for the three months that they’re out of school? How can we make the gap between school years an advantage, and not just dead space? Most parents…

How a Simple Studying Technique Led to the Only 100% Test Grade Out of 250 Students

June 28, 2020

Preparing for an exam where the average score is 65% had me a little concerned. I usually got good grades, but had never been particularly good at taking exams. And the fact that my extremely smart roommate‘s grade was only a 45% last term, really gave me anxiety. Checking my teacher’s reviews online was not helpful…

The Learning Value of Digital Media: Audiobooks, Videos, & Video Games

May 11, 2020

We are both educators, but you can stick a fork in us… we’re DONE! We’ve always said that we could never “homeschool” our own children. Having to do it in global shut-down, while managing growing demands of our “day job,” is simply too much! So, we’ve scaled back. Waaaaaay back. All those social media memes……

How to Help Your Child’s Test Anxiety

November 17, 2019

Test anxiety is very common.  However, I’ve come to realize that the more we, as parents, try to help our children alleviate that anxiety, we often add to it… accidentally, of course. Jim, a parent using SOAR, recently contacted us with a great question about how he can best help his child. I thought our conversation…

The Pursuit of Perfection Creates Stress for Students

October 6, 2019

I am typically not one to watch intellectual competitions in my spare time, especially any more intense than Family Feud. However, flipping through the channels, one caught my attention. The show was called Child Genius. I saw young children answering questions about crazy subjects and spelling words that I didn’t even know existed, and I…

Inside Out: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

September 21, 2019

Tears. Shouting. Pouting. Kicking. Screaming. More tears.  This perfectly describes the temper-tantrums I see in my 5-year old daughter, Madison. I know my child isn’t the only who has temper-tantrums.  But, I still wonder, “What is going on with you, child?!” I would patiently try to get to the root of the problems. I would…

The Most Overlooked Back-to-School Item

August 4, 2019

Folders, pens, backpacks, pencil cases, paper, planners, binders… You’ve stocked up on nearly every back-to-school item you and your child can think of.  But, you’re probably still missing the most important tool. Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. With all of the back-to-school ads from the big-box office supply stores, we’re led to believe that…

My Mom’s Advice: “Get Some Dumb Friends!”

August 3, 2019

Last week, I received an email from a 30-in-30 subscriber: Her son is a junior in high school who struggles academically. He refuses extra help from a tutor or teacher, insisting he can do it on his own. He has an older brother who does well in school with relatively little effort, so the young…

21 Days to Back-to-School Bliss

July 28, 2019

Tips for getting your school-year off to a relaxed and productive start. Gearing up for back-to-school can be a bit overwhelming; there is a lot to do, a lot of transitions to navigate, and often a sense of blues as the realization that summer has, once again, gone by too fast. However, you can easily…

A Mother’s Day Tribute

May 12, 2019

As Mother’s Day approaches and “spring fever” is settling in, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the significant roles that mothers (and fathers) play in homework. As a young student, I had my share of homework arguments with my mom. As an adult, I have become more and more appreciative of the…

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