Category: Education

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 […]

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 […]

How Do I Prevent My Sick Child from Falling Behind in School?

It’s that time of year again when it seems like everyone is falling sick with something. Kids are especially susceptible to illness because schools are littered with different types of germs. Parents want to keep their children in school so that they don’t fall behind in schoolwork, but they also want to be courteous to […]

Why Does My Student’s Teacher Need More Supplies?

Year after year parents are asked to buy more and more items for their child’s school supply needs.  Sometimes, they are even asked to buy more supplies later in the year. Without knowing why teachers need supplies, these requests can be frustrating, yet there can be many reasons that teachers need more supplies. Why Teachers Need […]

Should My Gifted Child Skip a Grade? The Pros & Cons of Skipping a Grade

Almost every parent with a gifted child asks themselves the questions: should my child skip a grade, and how will it affect them? For some gifted students, skipping a grade can have adverse affects to their emotional development as well as their social development.  For others, skipping a grade can be beneficial so that they […]

Is My Child Ready for the SAT or ACT?

Whether you have a senior with limited remaining test dates, or you’re simply planning ahead, you may have asked yourself this question: “ Is my child ready for the SAT or ACT? ” I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not an easy question, and I’m not going to lie and say that I […]

How Does a Healthy Diet Affect Academic Performance?

When we think about ways to improve academic performance in school, we often think about reading, studying, taking extra classes and making sure not to watch too much TV. Nutrition is often overlooked even though a healthy diet from a young age can help with academic performance, brain function, and test scores. Starting Young A […]

Teacher Survey: What Do Students Need to Work On Most?

Sometimes a report card doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to how well your child is doing at school. In fact, many behaviors and interactions in class can tell you just as much or more about your child’s level of success in school than some standardized tests. We recently asked the teachers at […]

10 Most Common Mistakes Made in English

Between grammar, mechanics, and style, there are plenty of different ways for students to mess up their writing. Since the full list of mistakes is far too long to cover in a blog article, let’s focus on the 10 most common mistakes made in English (at least, in my experience). The Top 10 English Errors  1. […]