# Category: Resources

## A Fall Walk – Look up from the book

Are you having a challenging time getting your children to focus on their studies? Sometimes a small break can help. Author Meg Selig from Psychology Today recommends taking a “good break” to boost productivity and creativity. A few of Selig’s …

## 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 …

## 5 Ways to Improve Critical Thinking

Problem solving and critical thinking are some of the top skills that both schools and parents are worried about students learning. But while saying that it’s important is easy, figuring out how to help students learn it is hard! That’s …

## 10 Great Ghost Stories from Modern Authors

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get into the spirit of spooks and ghouls! No matter if your kids are going to be dressing up as princess Spider-men or a heroic space-pirates, you can get their Halloween …

## 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: …

## A Free Fairytale Coloring Page: Thanks for Taking Test 1

Last week, the A Grade Ahead academy students completed Curriculum Test 1. This week, we’re offering them a free fairytale coloring page as a reward. Here is a pdf of the coloring page so that you can download it and …

## 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 …

## 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 …

## 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 …