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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents


Learn how we can model good digital citizenship at home by reading this guide.

What is Digital Citizenship? Digital Citizenship is a buzzword in education circles and refers to how we should use technology and social media in a way that contributes to the good of society, others, and ourselves. Just as we teach children how to be good citizens of the United States by exploring topics like voting…
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15 Favorite Podcasts from 2017


We asked parents like you for the names of their favorite podcasts in 2017, and compiled a list of their favorites.

Podcasts are an amazing tool for parents. They can provide entertainment, information, a sense of community, or a mixture of all three. My personal favorite thing about listening to podcasts is the amount of energy I don’t have to exert – I just simply listen and learn, which makes vacuuming 1,000% more entertaining. We asked…
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Parental Engagement in CTE [Research]


Parents are often overlooked in conversations regarding career and technical education (CTE).

A lot of attention has been paid to the importance of parental engagement in academic education contexts. But parents are often overlooked in conversations regarding career and technical education (CTE). In this blog post I’ll share research from three different studies which underscore just how important parents are for student success in career and technical…
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3 Reasons Why Spelling Tests Don’t (Always) Work


What’s wrong with this traditional, time-honored method? Short answer: it may not work.

Does this sound like your spelling instruction, either from your own experience or with your kids? Monday: Receive list of about twenty words; take pre-test. Tuesday-Thursday: Interact with words on list through various activities (writing them ten times, sentences, word searches). Friday: Take final test. And then, maybe even if you got 100% on the…
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5 Tips for Reducing Math Anxiety in Your Children


Kick math anxiety to the curb with these tips.

What is Math Anxiety and Why Is It Contagious? Many children struggle with early math concepts. This can produce feelings of stress which can then lead to anxiety. Together these can produce both biological and psychological symptoms in the form of an upset stomach, frequent headaches, sweating, memory impairments, tension, and concentration issues. When past…
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Is Homeschooling the Best Way to Educate? [Article]


An article in Business Insider proclaims: "Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century." We unpack this in our blog post.

An article in Business Insider proclaims: “Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century.” The article runs through a litany of reasons, most of which are likely familiar to you already, detailing why homeschooling makes sense. First and foremost, it is personal by design, allowing the curriculum and even sequence of…
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