Month: February 2017

5 Best Educational Board Games for Middle Schoolers

If you dread family game night, you’re playing the wrong games. Educational board games are so much more than the classics we played as kids (Chutes and Ladders, anyone?).  Instead of a lucky die roll, these board games require strategy, critical thinking, and even some teamwork or alliances, which will keep you and your middle […]






What Can I Do with my Child on a Snow Day? Ask Emily

It’s hard to deny the excitement of the first snow day of the year. Of course, you can bet that nearly every child will be thrilled when he or she gets the call, but I have known many parents to be equally excited. However, along with the excitement can come great hassle – especially for […]






Can English Lessons Improve Grades in Other Subjects?

English may be a single subject, but the skills children learn within English classes are important for success in their other subjects at school as well as Common Core tests. By taking English lessons to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills, your child’s grades in other subjects can also improve! How English Lessons Can Help […]






9 Snowy Day STEAM Activities

STEAM is a learning method that integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math into inquiry and critical thinking based education. Not only do students receive instruction on these topics at school, these topics can also be incorporated in learning activities or STEAM projects at home. STEAM Activities for Any Grade The best STEAM projects for […]






Valentine’s Day Cards from the Students at A Grade Ahead

  Beginning the week of Feb. 6th, students at A Grade Ahead participated in a craft to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The craft table was set out in the lobby of our Columbus enrichment academies for the students to make Valentine’s Day cards during breaks between classes. The Valentine’s Day Card Craft To keep the craft […]






5 Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm on the Bus

During the winter months, it can be difficult to ensure that your child is warm on the bus ride to school. In a car, the temperature is a bit easier to control, whereas that luxury isn’t always available on a school bus. Follow these tips to keep bus-riders warm on the way to school. Plan Ahead It’s important […]






Common Core Tests: What Are They Testing For?

With all the myths floating around about the Common Core, preparing for tests can be pretty intimidating – what are they all about? What skills are they testing for? You try to look it up, but breaking down Common Core tests like the PARCC and the SBAC isn’t that easy even with all the graphs […]






Inspirational Quotes from the A Grade Ahead Staff

We look for inspiration from nature, from art, and from others. People use inspirational quotes and stories for a multitude of reasons. Some quotes help us look at situations from a different point of view and allow us to broaden our scope. Others provide reassurance that life will go on, things happen for a reason, […]