Month: November 2016

How Painting Helps a Child’s Development

A child’s playtime is an essential part of his or her development. Making painting part of that playtime, or even part of daily learning, is tremendously beneficial. Art and painting can aid in a child’s emotional, mental, social, and physical growth. 4 Developmental Benefits of Painting for Children Emotional Development It can be difficult to […]






What Are You Thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving from A Grade Ahead!

Want to know what the A Grade Ahead students are thankful for? Then, watch this video or read the transcript below. What Are You Thankful for? Let’s Talk Turkey! What are you thankful for this year? I’m thankful for being allowed to play football, friends, and family. I learned how to graph.  It’s a lot […]






How Can I Help My Child Catch up in School?

The first day of school has come and gone, and in these last few months, you may have watched your child struggle with homework or had reports from teachers about his or her trouble focusing in class. That struggle has led to a decrease in performance. You want to help your child the best you […]






Meet Yogini Patel, Owner of A Grade Ahead of Smyrna, GA

Name Yogini Patel Family My family is comprised of my husband, Manish, and daughters, Shriya (15) and Riddhi (7) Franchise Location Smyrna, Georgia Educational Background What schools did you attend and where? I attended school in Zambia. What teacher or school experience had a big impact on your life? My high school home room teacher […]






The Importance of Comprehension Skills in Learning

What does “comprehension” mean? Comprehension goes beyond reading the text on the page – it involves finding meaning in the text and being able to summarize, reiterate, and apply what has been read. Successful reading comprehension requires text comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and reading fluency. If your child cannot recognize and understand the individual words on […]






15 Free Online Logic Puzzles for Kids

If someone asked me, “What is one topic every student you have needs to work on?” the answer would be logic. It’s needed for all reasoning skills from critical thinking to educated guessing. One of the best ways to develop logic skills is to play logic games and logic puzzles, and now, a variety of […]






What Are the Differences Between Standardized Tests Given In Schools

Standardized testing can be hard to navigate as a parent. Every state has their own approach to standardized tests in schools, but the purpose of these tests are the same. They aim to help the teachers, principals, districts, and state education department by evaluating the school district the individual school a child’s academic strengths and […]






How to Get the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner, and you may be wondering how to make the most out of that short amount of time with your child’s teacher.  Whether it’s your first conference or you’re looking to make this one more productive than past ones, there are a few basic guidelines you can follow to […]