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  1. Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in Third Grade

    Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in Third Grade

    First grade is exciting. Your child is just starting out and is swept up in the excitement of learning to read, write and perform basic math. Second grade is exciting as well, as your student is building on this foundation and reaching the point where things like reading and writing are slowly becoming second nature. So what about third grade...
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  2. Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in Second Grade?

    By second grade, your child will probably be around seven or eight years old. Every child is unique, so their reactions to school at this age will be very different. Maybe they’re still enamored with the idea of school and are excited to get on the bus every day. It’s also possible that some of the shine of first grade...
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  3. Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in First Grade?

    Is your little one starting first grade this year? It’s a big step, especially if this is your first child to head out the door and hop on the school bus. It’ll be tough to tell who’s more excited or nervous: you or your child. However, there’s so much more to this momentous occasion than that exciting first day. There’s...
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  4. Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in Kindergarten?

    Tips for Starting School: What Do You Learn in Kindergarten?

    For a parent, there is nothing quite as nerve-wracking as your first child going to kindergarten. It's a transition full of conflicting emotions and weighty questions. You wonder, What will they learn? What do they need to succeed? And most importantly, will everything be okay? We understand that the weeks leading up to the first day of school isn't an...
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  5. Should I Homeschool My Child? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    Should I Homeschool My Child? Weighing the Pros and Cons

    As of 2017, there were 3.5 million students in homeschool. Ninety-one percent of homeschooling parents said they were worried about the safety of the school environment. These parents are concerned about in-school violence, bullying and social pressure. Seventy-seven percent of homeschooling parents said they did so out of a desire to provide moral instruction. Many of these parents are concerned about the lack of traditional lessons in today’s public...
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  6. How to Get Students to Do Homework

    How to Get Students to Do Homework

    Are you looking for ways to motivate your students to do their homework? If so, you’re not alone. Getting students to do their homework regularly can be a source of frustration for teachers. We know students who consistently complete homework will achieve more academically, particularly in high school, and students who don’t do their homework will falter. As a teacher...
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  7. How to Motivate Your Child to Finish Homework and Succeed in the Long Run

    How to Motivate Your Child to Finish Homework and Succeed in the Long Run

    As a parent of school-attending kids, you may have experienced the following scenario: Your kid comes home in the afternoon and immediately begins dragging their feet at the mention of homework or studying. You encourage them to study, and your well-meaning words are met with excuses. This exchange repeats itself, resulting in yelling, and the back-and-forth feels torturous to both...
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  8. Ways for Teachers to Stay Organized

    Ways for Teachers to Stay Organized

    The life of a teacher is many things. It’s a chaotic whirlwind that’s at times rewarding, but at other times just a headache waiting to happen. But if there’s one word that could perfectly sum up what it means to be a teacher, it might be “unpredictable.” A teacher’s job changes frequently — sometimes even from one hour to the...
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  9. The Value of An Advisory

    The Value of An Advisory

    Written by Dan Dafoe, Success by Design CEO. Advisory time is certainly not a new concept, especially in high schools. A growing number of schools have embraced this idea, and are reporting great success (HS Advisory Research Brief) According to psychiatrist William Glasser, “schools fail to engage more than half the students because they fail to fulfill four basic human...
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  10. How to Plan Your Month (Like a Pro)

    How to Plan Your Month (Like a Pro)

    Written by Wil Malski, Customer Service Manager at Success by Design, Inc. My wife is a planning pro! She’s the mother of our two young children, a part-time writer, brand ambassador, homemaker, and our family chef. Careful planning is essential for her! On the last day of every month she pulls out all of her planning devices and starts planning...
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