Category: Education

How to Prepare Your Child for a New School

Believe it or not, the movies about the new kid at school eating lunch alone in the bathroom stall are not total exaggerations. I attended a high school outside of my district, so I didn’t know a single other person. …
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Most Commonly Misused Words in Writing

One of the most common errors I see when reading anything from students (and even adults) is the tendency to mix up homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings, like “to,” “too,” and …
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Four Reasons to Start Classes in June

Summer is when you go on vacation and leave school behind, right? So why does A Grade Ahead start classes in June? Why Start Classes in June? Yes, our school year starts in June. And, yes, that is when summer …
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Vocabulary Practice Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

With a skill like vocabulary, sometimes it seems like the only option for learning is repetition and memorization. But for many children, this method can lead to boredom or even frustration – especially if the child struggles with those types …
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The Most Important Math Formulas to Know in High School

All High School mathematics students are familiar with learning and memorizing new formulas. There are hundreds of formulas, postulates, and theorems that they are expected to understand and implement on homework, quizzes, and tests. But should students memorize all of …
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My 1st Grader Can’t Read – Should I Be Worried?

Reading happens at different times for each child. Most reading happens in a sequence, beginning with decoding letters and sounds. Then, forming words and sentences – eventually paragraphs. Leading to forming ideas and the understanding of what they are reading. …
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How to Make the Most of Preparing for Tests Material

A Grade Ahead’s Preparing for Tests material is curriculum designed to help students study for their standardized tests. Most of our academies offer this material in February to guarantee that students have time to study before testing begins. And when …
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When Will I Ever Use Geometry?

It’s understandable when students as, “When will I ever use Geometry?” After all, Geometry is a shift in mathematics in school. It’s the first time where students are asked to prove statements using definitions, theorems, and axioms. This can be …
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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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