Learning and Achievement Article Archive
What to expect academically from all grades, how boys and girls learn, information about learning styles, and more.
- Common Core Assessment Testing: What Parents Should KnowThe 2014-15 school year is the deadline for final implementation and new national assessments that measure students’ mastery of Common Core State Standards at most grade levels. Here's what parents need to know.
- Ways To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolSupport your student with these four simple steps.
- Setting Goals for Student SuccessExpert ideas for helping your kids develop good habits and be successful students.
- Family Trips Kids Can PlanWhen you leave vacation planning to the kids, they enjoy the adventure more. They also develop valuable skills they can use in school.
- After-School Options for Fun and LearningMany communities offer interesting and cost-effective alternatives for filling a child's after-school hours with opportunities for fun and learning. Have you checked out what your community has to offer? You might be surprised.
- Coming Soon to Your School: Common Core State StandardsThe Common Core State Standards are likely to be implemented at your school, possibly this year. Forty-five states have adopted the national educational standards. Here’s a Common Core primer on what to expect your kids will be learning.
- 10 Educational Travel Destinations for FallThese 10 travel and vacation destinations are perfect for fall school breaks, with off-season rates and fewer crowds. In addition, they’re great fun for the whole family!
- When Motivation Levels Differ: Motivating Your Kids Without Comparing ThemIn many families, one child is self-motivated and directed while the other is not. How should parents help the unmotivated child without drawing comparisons to the independent, self-starting sibling?
- The Flipped Classroom: What It Means for You and Your ChildThe “flipped classroom”—where children are taught by watching educational videos at home and then do related “homework” in class—is increasingly popular in schools. Educators say the concept has led to improved test scores and gives students more individual attention. Read our tips to see if it’s right for your child.
- Considering Homeschooling? Do Your Homework FirstDoes the idea of keeping your children home and teaching them yourself ever cross your mind? Homeschooling works for many, but even the most ardent supporters say it’s not for everyone and urge those contemplating it to consider all that’s involved before jumping in.
- Kindergarten Redshirting: Is It Right for Your Child?There are pros and cons to holding back a young child for academic and social reasons, and strong opinions abound on both sides of the controversial practice.
- When Your Child Cheats, Take a Parental Time OutLearning that your child cheated may make you see red. However, calming down and slowly finding out why your child felt the need to cheat yields a better outcome, our experts say.
- Outdoor Winter Activities To Enjoy With Your KidsIt may be snowy and chilly in most parts of the country during wintertime, but that’s no reason for you and your child to remain indoors.
- 3 Keys to School SuccessGet your children charged up and ready to learn with these tips.
- Tips for Raising a ReaderSome kids live to read; others won't go near books without being prodded. Our experts offer ideas to encourage children of all ages, and interest levels, to read.
- A Teacher’s Advice for Struggling StudentsCarol Wooten, winner of a presidential teaching excellence award, shares her insights with parents whose kids are having trouble reaching their full potential in school.
- 5 Ways To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolGet your children ready to perform like heroes in school with these teacher-recommended tips.
- Boys and Girls Learn DifferentlyWhen it comes to academics, they don’t tend to approach things the same way.
- High School Math: How Parents Can Help Build SkillsSome simple strategies and encouragement will benefit students who are struggling in math.
- Help Your High School Student Enjoy ReadingAs English class gets harder, reading can still be fun. Parents can help teens by encouraging them to choose and enjoy all types of reading.
Learning at Home
- The Benefits of Family Game TimeFavorite board and cards games aren't only fun, they also build important skills for learning.
- Connecting Learning to the Real WorldHow parents can promote learning outside of school.
- Fun At-Home Learning ActivitiesReinforce your child’s classroom learning with these simple grade-level activities you can do together.
- For Students, Parents, and Families, There Are 26 Top Apps for ThatWhether it’s keeping track of school assignments, remembering your kids’ allowances, or avoiding doubles on the grocery list, new software applications abound.
- Handwritten Thank-You Notes Offer Many Ways To LearnParents can add humor—and math and history learning—to this task, which is one that most children initially resist.
- Instill a Love of Learning in Your ChildTo encourage curiosity and a passion for learning in your child, discuss things you’re interested in, show her real-world examples, and don’t forget to take her lead.
- 7 Ideas for Celebrating Leap DayCelebrate that extra day every four years in February—the 29th—with your kids, using some of these fun and educational activities.
- Geocaching 101: Family Fun for All, in Every SeasonHow about taking the whole family on a scavenger hunt, except one that’s held outdoors and uses high-tech navigation? Learn about this latest outdoor craze that even little ones can enjoy.
- Today’s Multitasking TeensToday’s teens spend seven-plus hours a day involved with some type of technology or media—including time when they’re studying or doing homework. A researcher specializing in teens and media offers tips for parents to help kids disconnect and focus.
- 13 Summer Learning ActivitiesThese fun activities can help keep kids’ math and language arts skills sharp during the summer break.
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