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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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What’s the Importance of Word Problems?

“If Johnny has eight apples, and he gives three of them away to Sally, how many apples does he have left?” Word problems have long been met with dread by math students from all walks of life. Normally, when people …
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8 Educational Board Games for Middle Schoolers

(Updated for 2019!) Many modern board games are designed as educational tools, and instead of a lucky die roll, these board games require strategy, critical thinking, and even some teamwork or alliances, which will keep you and your middle school …
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25 Free Online Logic Puzzles for Kids

If someone asked me, “What is one topic every student needs to work on?” the answer would be logic. Logic is needed for all reasoning skills, from critical thinking to educated guessing. You may be wondering how to help your …
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A Grade Ahead’s Employee Spotlight: Alaya London

For this installment of the A Grade Ahead’s Employee Spotlight Series, we’d like to introduce you to Alaya London. Alaya is an English Teacher at the Rocky Hill and Manchester, Connecticut A Grade Ahead locations.  She just started her 4th …
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