• Thrift Shop

    Thrifty - and Stylish - Options for Back-to-School

    Finally, secondhand clothing is hip! Here are some upcycling ideas to help reduce waste and help your pocketbook in local stores. more

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    Kicking Off Kindergarten

    For many parents, kindergarten signals an important transition from the all-consuming baby and toddler years. Suddenly, your "baby" is expected to make more choices on her own, stay focused over a longer period of time. more

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    Striving for STEM

    Instead of gearing a child’s education around the older staples of reading, writing, and arithmetic, educators have shifted their philosophies to incorporate more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the curriculum. more

  • Back to School

    Planning for Back to School

    Avoid scurrying around the last weeks of August and pulling things together for going back to school. Plan ahead and dodge the rush. more

  • Civics in Our Schools

    Civics in our Schools

    A good civic education requires a strong factual foundation, along with the ability to analyze, question, and draw conclusions, similar skills used in math and science. more

  • The Importance of Learning a Second Language

    My intense interest for foreign languages started at the age of three when I was at the top of the Empire State Building with my parents and overheard a couple speaking Chinese... more

  • Transitioning to new school

    Transitioning to a New School

    Going back to school should be an exciting, adventure-filled experience. However, many children will find themselves in a new school in the fall. How can parents and educators help children? more

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    5 Tricks to Make your Kids' Lunches Fun

    No parent wants to prepare a lunch only to have parts of it end-up in the trash, so smart moms and dads are using simple strategies to take the brown bag lunch to a new level. more

  • Test Anxiety

    Test Anxiety

    Test anxiety strikes students of all ages. As the season for final exams approaches, we asked an expert how parents can help their children cope with the nervousness, sleep loss, and loss of confidence that test-taking can produce. more

  • Choosing Community College

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    Choosing Community College

    Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have publicly recognized the value of community colleges for young people. Why it may be a great choice for your child. more

  • child and parent

    Separation Anxiety:When YOU Need to Let Go

    Can you let go? That parents experience separation anxiety is one of those things that is seldom talked about so that the myth of our invulnerability can be maintained. In fact, parents often get it worse than kids. more

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    Ranch Pimento Cheese Celery Logs

    Keeping a stash of kid-friendly snacks handy is a sure-fire way to keep snack time manageable, while making sure kids don’t have a full afternoon meal, which would spoil their appetite for dinner. more

  • backpacks

    Backpack Shopping 101: Tips to Avoid a Pain in the Neck

    Think the books and school supplies that your child is carrying in a backpack slung haphazardly across one shoulder are harmless? Think again. Heavy backpacks can cause long-term health problems when worn incorrectly more

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    Keep the Love of Language Alive

    Teachers across the country are changing instruction strategies to meet new curriculum standards. It’s a confusing time for both teachers and parents as everyone learns about the common core standards. more

  • Parent Teacher Conference

    Parent-Teacher Conferences - working together for academic success

    Parent-teacher conferences typically occur in the fall with subsequent meetings varying from one academic setting to another. Though this shouldn’t be the only time parents touch base with their child’s teacher, it will pave the way for a partnership more

  • Getting sleep

    Sleep,Science,and Smarter Kids How Sleep Boosts Learning

    Want kids to bring home As? Start with more ZZZs. According to sleep experts and numerous new studies, lost sleep hurts learning and hinders school-day success. ... more

  • Start the school year

    Tips to Kick Off the School Year Right

    School bells will soon ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that the free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school more

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    6 Study Stations That Spell School Year Success

    Help the students in your household develop good study habits and tackle their homework with confidence by creating at least one of these well-stocked study stations within your home. more

  • Homework

    Here Comes the Homework

    Homework is an important component of a child’s educational experience. To help families make the most of homework time, educators offer these tips. more

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    Lunch Packing: from Dread... to Doable

    Welcome to autumn, when the days get cooler, kids head back to school and parents everywhere commit themselves to packing nutritious, delicious lunches their kids will love. Until reality sets in. more