Category: Education

Why So Many Students Struggle with Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a vital foundational skill that is important for students to be strong in. This is why there is such a great amount of effort put in by teachers to ensure students form and build strong reading comprehension skills. You may find yourself asking: what causes reading comprehension problems? That a great question […]






How Can I Make the End of the School Year Less Stressful? Ask Emily

It never fails that this time of year I see seemingly endless posts from parents who are “limping towards the finish line” at the end of another long school year. And it’s no mystery why. From what I can remember of my school days, I wonder how my parents survived! It seems as the days […]






Best Books for Fifth Grade Readers: A Recommended Reading List

Reading regularly can help students develop understanding of content and build comprehension and vocabulary skills. As students move towards the end of the school year, and standardized testing, they should focus on reading texts from a variety of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Take a look at some of the best books for 5th […]






What Is an IEP? (An Individualized Education Program)

When you first hear of an individualized education program (an IEP), it’s natural to have a lot of questions. What is an IEP? Are IEPs good or bad? What are some examples? What is the process? Here are the answers you’ve been looking for. What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? The Individualized Education Program […]






How to Make the Most of an Educational Enrichment Program

Parents who enroll their children in an educational enrichment academy like A Grade Ahead are making an investment in their children’s future with both their time and money. Here are some tips for parents and students to make the most of an educational enrichment program – in other words, to get their money’s worth! Afterschool […]






4 Foundational English Skills All Kids Should Know

Having a solid foundation is needed in order to build and grow. Applying this ideology to learning leads to success in every school subject, especially English. To have a solid understanding of English, students need to fully develop their foundational English skills: grammar, phonics, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. You can think of these skills as […]






Will I Ever Use Algebra in Real Life?

In short, yes. You will use Algebra in real life. Algebra is a cornerstone of all mathematical understanding. Even as a young child, you used algebra to understand what the math problems asked you to figure out. When you learn algebra, you learn to order your thoughts and express your answers in a logical way. […]






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 […]






The Future of American Education

Significant changes are ahead in Washington and the American educational system will certainly be impacted. It remains to be seen exactly what might change and what might stay the same, but many experts have opinions. Below are some articles and blog posts that may shed light about what education may look like in the near […]