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Context Clue Practice for Middle School

Especially in middle school, reading comprehension exercises are a common concern for students and parents alike. Often, the problems that students have with reading comprehension can be traced back to their skills in finding context clues. Understanding how to find …
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Common Core Standards and A Grade Ahead Curriculum

One of the questions we hear often from parents participating in A Grade Ahead’s Academy or Enrichment at Home programs is this: “do the subjects match what my students learn in school?” It’s a great question! There are a lot …
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The Truth About Thanksgiving: Fact or Fiction

Once again, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Summer came and went, the leaves changed (in some areas, at least!), Halloween costumes are packed away, and now it’s the end of November. When many people think of Thanksgiving, they think of food …
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Must-Have Free Educational Apps for Kids

At A Grade Ahead, we are certain of two things: the first being that enrichment programs are beneficial and productive (of course!), and the second is that kids love technology. Whether its with smartphones or tablets, children become tech savvy …
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Homework and Stress: Balancing a Busy Life

Many A Grade Ahead parents sign their students up for our program because they are shocked at the fact that their students receive little to no homework in their public school system. But, what happens when homework and enrichment activities …
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5 News Sources for Students

Fresh off the press! Being aware of current events is just as critical for kids as it is for adults. In fact, Common Sense Media finds that young people actually enjoy following the news, as 78% of teens reported that …
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Unmasking Terrifying Halloween Trivia

As the weather begins to chill and the days get shorter, you can also be sure that Halloween is just around the corner with its promises of jolly Jack O’Lanterns, creative costumes, and stockpiles of sweets. But how much do …
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Should I Reward My Child’s Academic Success?

Without a doubt, inspiring kids is critical for their academic success. If children feel their achievements go unnoticed, they are less likely to excel in the future. On the other hand, if children are only rewarded when they achieve high …
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Student Success: Diya’s Big Win

Here at A Grade Ahead, we always love seeing our students succeed – whether it’s getting a question right in our small class sizes, doing well on our monthly quizzes, or taking A Grade Ahead knowledge into the real world. …
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Are Study Halls Effective?

  If you’ve seen any movie involving teenagers, you’ve probably seen some pretty shocking portrayals of the humble study hall. It raises the question of whether today’s study halls are as chaotic as the ones on TV or if they …
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