Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Shopping For Gifts? We Test Drove Cool Possibilities

Selecting winter holiday gifts for children can be a challenge, especially when you strive to combine educational benefit, affordability and fun. Here is a look at five toys that may give you some food for thought, including reactions from a few local families...
10 Tips for Rocking The Parent-Teacher Conference

10 Tips for Rocking The Parent-Teacher Conference

Many schools have beginning of the year parent conferences. Be prepared with your questions to get the most out of this time with your child’s teacher. Debbie Shiabu, executive director of the Association of Private Schools; Anne Davis, education contributor for the...
Crack A Book or Crack An Egg: Simple Summer Brain Boosters

Crack A Book or Crack An Egg: Simple Summer Brain Boosters

Summertime is the perfect time to keep your child’s mind sharp, increase his or her confidence and delve into subjects and skills that capture your child’s interest. Plenty of local camps provide learning opportunities, from learning to code and building robots to...
SUMMER READING: Load Your List with These Recent Gems

SUMMER READING: Load Your List with These Recent Gems

Long summer days can be made magical with the transformations that come from reading a good book. There are 
libraries filled with the classics, as well as books new to the scene. Harry Potter and Magic Tree House. Dr. Seuss and Eric 
Carle. There are timeless...
Tutoring for Your Child: Now’s the Perfect Time

Tutoring for Your Child: Now’s the Perfect Time

Is your child passing her classes, but not prepared for the next school year? Is she missing specific skills or lacking strength in some subjects? Maybe she needs a tutor. Crystal Cotti, owner of Sylvan Learning  of Austin, adds another reason to find a tutor. “During...
Teacher Gifts:  A Welcome Way to Show Your Gratitude

Teacher Gifts:  A Welcome Way to Show Your Gratitude

It’s that time of year again: the time to show our appreciation for the professionals who have such a great impact on the growth and development of our kids. Every year comes the question, “What on Earth can I give the teacher?” The two key words are functional and...
Smarten Up Your Spring Break

Smarten Up Your Spring Break

Some folks look forward to using spring break as a travel vacation. Others look forward to some quiet time at home. Time away from school can mean sleeping in, daydreaming, reading a good book or just doing “nothing.” However, this loose schedule can lose its shine...
Don’t Let Test Anxiety Hold You Back!

Don’t Let Test Anxiety Hold You Back!

Everyone gets nervous for a test from time to time. Any exam—a driving test, the SAT or an elementary-school standardized test—can cause some anxiety. A low level of stress is natural and can help you feel alert and energized. But when stress becomes debilitating, it...

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