8 Traditions That Add Excitement to a New School Year

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Traditions communicate significance and can greatly impact a child's view of the upcoming school year.  Since a positive attitude is so critical to learning, it’s important that students begin the year with healthy anticipation.  Your encouragement and input can make all the difference in your family. To…

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Back-to-School Tips, Tutorials and Free Printables

It's hard to believe it's back-to-school time already, but schools in our area start back in less than three weeks! (Those of you that still have a month or more of summer might want to bookmark this post for later.) We'll be sharing back-to-school tips and ideas in the coming weeks, and to kick us…

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Setting Up a Summer Learning Schedule

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. I can hear it now…"A schedule?!?  But, Mom, it’s summer!"  Most kids aren’t overjoyed about doing school work during vacation, but if you set up a routine that works around their anticipated play times, you’ll encourage cooperation and help your…

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Dear Parents: A Plea from Your Child’s Teacher

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Most students are in countdown mode:  they know exactly how many days are left until summer.  Children and teens everywhere envision sleeping in, lazing by the pool, and playing with friends. All of those things are appropriate – when balanced with the realities of responsibility. What…

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Five Ways to Get Ready for Next School Year

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings: Although some homeschoolers do year round school, most homeschoolers are gearing up for a full or partial summer vacation in the next month. This offers homeschool parents a great opportunity to regroup and get ready for next school year. With just a few steps, you…

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Keep Your Kids Reading with This Book Report Printable

The following post is from Kacey of Next Level Mama: These days, there's no shortage of distractions to keep our children occupied -- video games, social media, TV, computers, smart phones, sports leagues, and on and on. However, with benefits like increased vocabulary, improved writing skills and creativity, it's also important to make sure reading stays at…

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