President’s Day Quiz: 9 Fun Facts about U.S. Presidents You Might Not Know!

On February 18, 2018 the citizens of our country will honor our nation’s Chief Executives. Originally a day to honor President George Washington, the day now celebrates all of our past Presidents whose ideas, policies, and decisions have shaped our country today. Test your knowledge, or just learn some facts to impress your family and […]

Common Valentine’s Day Traditions for Kids in the U.S.

There are many common Valentine’s Day traditions for kids to follow in the United States. Some of them go back to ancient customs and stories, some of them are new fads, and some are traditions made and kept by individual families. Valentine’s Day Traditions The origin of Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a mystery.  It […]

How Standardized Lessons Improve Enrichment Classes

The word “standardized” sometimes gets a bad rap in the education world because making everything the same can seem negative when dealing with students. We all know students are different and should be taught differently. But just because something is “standardized” doesn’t mean teachers ignore students’ individual needs. In fact, standardized lessons can actually improve […]

What’s New at A Grade Ahead? January 2018

A Grade Ahead ended 2017 with a flurry of activities. The corporate office and central Ohio academies raised money through a Change for Puerto Rico campaign. Our central Ohio students participated in a trial of a new online system used to take the December curriculum test. A Grade of New Albany/Gahanna hosted a Halloween party […]

How Can I Help My Child with Math at Home?

As a parent, you want what is best for your child. You would do whatever it takes to help him or her succeed, especially in the classroom. You are willing to help and support your child and go above and beyond to help at home. The want and desire to help your child is not […]

5 Reasons ESL Students and Their Parents Should Speak English at Home

It’s easy to say that ESL students and parents should speak English at home to help students learn English faster and better (and it’s true), but just saying it may not be enough to understand why that’s the case. Here are some specific examples that can help. It’s Important to Speak English at Home to… […]

Why English Tutoring Should Include Reading

English is not an easy language to learn – not well anyway. Although we teach many rules for it, English breaks those rules often and repeatedly. That makes it difficult not only to learn English but also to tutor it, especially parts that involve vast amounts of memorization. That’s why English tutoring should include reading […]

How Does Winter Affect My Child’s Health & What Can I Do About It?

Winter is great for sledding challenges, building snowmen, and playing cold-weather sports. Unfortunately, winter can also wreak havoc on every inch of your routine and the health of everyone in your family, especially the youngest. Kids are especially vulnerable to the harsh winds and cold temperatures of winter, so it might be a good idea […]

The Educational Benefits of Toys

With seemingly endless opportunities (birthdays, holidays, ahem…grandparents) for children to constantly be acquiring more stuff, parents everywhere are probably saying, “enough already!” However, as frustrating as toys can be sometimes, and especially when they are scattered everywhere around the house, they do actually have numerous educational benefits for kids of all ages!   Breaking down […]