Do Fidget Spinners Help Kids Focus in Class?

In April of this year, I was teaching class, and I kept hearing, “fwip, fwip, fwip, fwip,” but I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. I looked around and noticed one student spinning something on his desk, and another with his fingers. The students were completely engrossed in the movement of the fidget spinners, […]






How Do School Guidance Counselors Help Students Academically?

A school guidance counselor is a degreed professional who assists students with the personal and social pressures of school dynamics. In addition, school guidance counselors help students by working with them to plan their academic and career goals. What Does a School Guidance Counselor Do? Unlike how parents may perceive school counselors spend their time, they do […]






Why is Doing Homework Important? Ask Emily

As I have mentioned before, one of the most frequent questions I get from parents is how to get their child to do their homework. However, perhaps the more important question is why their children should be doing that work in the first place. After all, in many cases, if children know the reasons behind […]






A Grade Ahead’s Employee Spotlight Series: Meet our Enrichment at Home and Headquarter Manager, Nichole Armstrong!

Nichole, a graduate of The Ohio State University in Middle School History and Science, has been with A Grade Ahead for 8 years. Not only does she take care of all operations here at our headquarters, she is also our outgoing employee that knows everyone and everything that is going on around the office! We […]






How Reading Out Loud Works in Elementary School

Schools know that reading aloud in front of peers is stressful for students, especially for kids who do not read well or who are just plain shy. The last thing the teachers want to do is give little kids panic attacks or make them hate reading. That’s why many school systems have changed how reading out […]






5 Signs You Need to Hire a Tutor for Your Child Now

Have you found yourself questioning whether or not a tutor or after-school enrichment class is right for your child? Does struggling in a subject mean you need to hire a tutor now, or is it part of the learning process? If this sounds similar to your situation, we have the answer! Need to Hire a […]






How to Transfer an IEP to another School

A parent of a child with a disability has worked with their school to assemble an Individual Education Program (IEP). When the services are decided upon, you have a plan for reaching the child’s goals, and then you learn that you need to transfer your child to another school.  IEP Transfer: Rights & Expectations The […]






My Child had the Worst Day of School Ever! How Can I Help? Ask Emily

I’m not a parent, but I feel confident in saying that no parent ever wants his or her child to have a bad day at school. That being said, bad days do happen – to everyone – from time to time. So how can you help your child through the worst day of school ever? […]






Tips for Parents: Start the School Year Off Right

It’s back to school time, parents! Starting a new school year can be stressful. The lazy days of summer are over and now kids have to go back to daily learning and homework! However, if students and parents prepare ahead of time then it won’t have to be quite as hectic for anyone. Here are […]