Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

Play Breaks Give Students the Winning Edge

One look at a child, and you know she is meant to be a body in motion. Why then did schools begin reducing recess and physical education time? Many blame it on standardized testing, as the need to demonstrate good scores affected the prioritization of academics at the...
Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Montessori Practices You Can Put to Work at Home

Most parents have heard of Montessori schools and might have a basic understanding of how they operate. If you’re like me, however, you haven’t thought about incorporating Montessori practices into your home, especially if your child doesn’t attend a...
Modern Classrooms Let  Kids Move All Day Long

Modern Classrooms Let Kids Move All Day Long

Our childhood classrooms, with their long rows of stationary desks, are gradually disappearing. They’re being replaced by rooms thoughtfully designed to incorporate more movement into the daily student experience. Teachers are also working to include kinesthetic...
The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

This year for the first time, our school district offered a dual language program, and my husband and I strongly considered enrolling our twins. We ultimately decided against it for several reasons, including that it required a change of campus and our children being...
Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

I’m revealing my age by saying that I can remember getting our first black and white home computer, which took pride of place in the dining room for the whole family to use. My first cell phone didn’t come until college, when social media was non-existent.   Our...
529 College Savings Plans, Explained

529 College Savings Plans, Explained

Saving for college can be overwhelming – the savings options alone can make your head spin! The 529 plan is arguably the most well-known college savings vehicle. This overview will give you a better understanding of the popular plan and can help you make the...
How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and our kiddos will soon be heading back to school! I still remember those final summer days when I nervously waited to learn which teacher would be mine and which friends would be in my class. Now that I’m a...
Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

Weird Science: Three Projects for Home Exploration

You can’t read a parenting magazine these days without coming across the acronym STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We all know it’s important to expose our children to these disciplines, but do you ever find yourself feeling a little intimidated...
Educational Places to Take Kids This Summer

Educational Places to Take Kids This Summer

Summertime in Austin gets H-O-T. Usually around mid-July, I struggle to come up with things to do with my kids that don’t involve water or dark movie theaters. Determined to enter this summer with a plan that both shakes up our lackluster routine and sneaks in some...
Your Game Plan for Moving Up to a New School

Your Game Plan for Moving Up to a New School

Transitioning from one level of school to the next can provoke mixed feelings in children. They’re excited about graduating to the next stage, yet the accomplishment brings with it uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Mix in a little parental pride and anxiety, and...
How to Tell if Your  Child Is Gifted

How to Tell if Your Child Is Gifted

At one time or another, you might have wondered if your child is gifted. Maybe your son can identify all the birds in your neighborhood. Or maybe your daughter is already reading at age 4. How can you know for sure if your child is an exceptional learner?   The...
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