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What’s New at A Grade Ahead? Fall 2018

Fall is always a very busy time at A Grade Ahead and 2018 is no exception. We pride ourselves in keeping our curriculum current and are proud to have recently added a new high level math program for high schoolers, …
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Signs Your Child is Bored in School

It’s not unusual for children to complain every now and then that school is boring.  Typically, what they are actually telling us is they do not like the subject, or there is a specific topic being taught that they do …
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5 Most Common Mistakes Students Make on Tests

In my nearly 7 years now of being an after school enrichment teacher, I have given and graded many assessments, quizzes, and tests. And it seems every time, the same several mistakes happen, regardless of the student. The great news: …
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Should Students Memorize Times Tables?

Everyone can agree that multiplication is a necessary part of a student’s early math education.  Something that is not agreed on is if memorizing multiplication facts is essential.  There is much debate over the question “Should students memorize times tables?” …
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Why Should Students Learn to Factor Over the Integers?

It’s hard to explain. Honestly, when people ask, “Why should students learn to factor over the integers? Can’t they use the quadratic formula instead?” I can’t just say, “Factoring is faster.” Because it isn’t – yet. Not at first. You …
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8 Board Games for English Practice

As we have discussed on this blog many times, English is hard! We spend a lot of time discussing tips and tricks, writing strategies and grammar skills – the list goes on and on. And that’s great! But sometimes it’s …
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Why to Start English Lessons Early

Starting English lessons early gives students an opportunity to engage in vocabulary building, grammar skills, and writing.  In turn, this will help them strengthen their understanding of the content when they become readers as well as making real world connections …
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