Category: Education

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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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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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 Habits for Kids to Build for Success in School

A new school year brings a fresh start… and a fresh set of teachers, students, assignments, stresses, responsibilities, and maybe even schools. At A Grade Ahead, we know the beginning of the school year can be chaotic, exciting, and a …
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