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Tricks to Help Your Student Master Vocabulary Words

Posted by Lisa Low on April 12, 2017

Learning vocabulary is a milestone of reading and writing skills, as well as something kids do daily—sometimes without noticing. Whether your child needs to learn a specific set of vocabulary words or you’re looking to simply expand his...

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News Literacy 101

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 06, 2017

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media

If it's tough for us grown-ups to figure out what's real news and what's fake these days, imagine how difficult it is for kids. Among hearing opinions at home, talking with friends, learning from...

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How to Explain Standardized Testing to Your Young Student

Posted by Lisa Low on March 30, 2017

Taking a standardized test is an entirely different beast from the regular day in and day out of your child’s school day. It can feel intimidating to some students, causing worry and anxiety. However, the great thing about standardized testing...

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The Thoughtful Parent

Moments That Matter the Most

Posted by Bette-Jane Raphael on March 16, 2017

My son was a sophomore in college when he brought his first serious girlfriend home for his birthday dinner. She was pretty and petite and well-spoken, and my instinctual wariness (What does this girl want from my precious son?) ebbed as the...

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Here's the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 09, 2017

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media

When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed...

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6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Accomplishments

Posted by Janine Boldrin on February 23, 2017

Adults appreciate words of praise from their boss or a celebratory dinner that acknowledges a well-executed project. Kids also like to celebrate their accomplishments. As parents, our challenge is how to celebrate children’s successes without...

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Why Device-Free Dinners Are a Healthy Choice

Posted by Common Sense Media on February 16, 2017

By Michael Robb, Common Sense Media, Director of Research

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, ...

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Ideas that Matter

How Jamie Learned to Whistle (or Why I Quit Being an Overly Involved Parent)

Posted by Pam Abrams on February 09, 2017

My son Jamie was five when we moved into a new house. The first morning we were there, before the cable was hooked up, before the boxes were unpacked, before anyone else was awake, he sat on the couch and taught himself to whistle. Never in a...

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The Thoughtful Parent

Sure, You Got It Wrong—Now, Forgive Yourself

Posted by Jill Smolowe on February 02, 2017

I recently had back-to-back conversations with two distressed mothers. One, the parent of a preschooler, described how a tantrum her four-year-old son had thrown at a public playground had left her feeling helpless and more than a shade...

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How Parents Can Help Kinesthetic Learners Do Better in Elementary School

Posted by Lisa Low on January 23, 2017

Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by using their bodies to help them take in information. You may have noticed that your child has an aptitude for physical activities, often fidgets, and/or likes to act things out—thankfully, such...

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