Author: Emily Karth

Summer Reading Recommendations from Teachers at A Grade Ahead

Although I personally wouldn’t know it from the seemingly endless cold, snowy, and very un-springlike weather we have been experiencing where I’m from, summer is right around the corner! Now, that may leave you cheering or wanting to run for the hills, but either way, I’m here to discuss one of my favorite summer activities: […]

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 […]

7 Scary Halloween Stories for Students

It’s that time of year again: time for hayrides, pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating, and…reading? That’s right! It’s never quite Halloween for me unless scary stories are involved, and if you know me, there’s almost nothing I love more than a good scary story. If your child also enjoys getting a little spooked in the name of […]

How to Find Good Books to Read: 5 Helpful Tips

Maybe you’ve finally encouraged your child to read more, or maybe your child has always been a reader. Excellent! But now what? I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, and to this day I still struggle with finding my next great read. In hopes of keeping the momentum going, however, I […]

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 […]