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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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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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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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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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Kid-friendly Independence Day Recipes

Every family has its own Independence Day recipes and traditions, young and old alike. For me, food has always been the most exciting part of this holiday because it was one of the few days out of the year that …
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