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Hi Parents... The BEST way to keep your kids involved, & not lose any 'brain function' over the summer months, is to keep them busy with both ELA (English Language Arts) & Maths (algebra, geometry, basic math, etc.). You can take the easy route for Maths by using KhanAcademy.org (free for most of the site - yay!!) for your kids to 'drill' every day in math - whatever is appropriate for their grade. As they get into middle/junior high, & later in high school I would move from standard maths (addition/ subtraction / multiplication / division & fractions) & graduate a bit to simple geometry, then algebras (yep, more than one ;-) & on into trig or calculus - if appropriate. When it comes to ELA, I always push kids to do a minimum of 2 new words a day (please see my blog on the SAT) with the Barron's SAT (3500 word vocabulary with definitions for all 3500 - awesome!), & a minimum of 2 sentences a day on each word. I normally have them... read more

WyzAnt wants to know... If you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of academic or professional advice, what would it be? -DON'T be so serious!! Have more fun! Life is short... -take time to -wonder- at the universe in all its glories and strangenesses - look at the platypus and wonder "God, what in the world were you thinking with the platypus and armadillo?" -read more books, -walk in the woods more, -be easier on yourself with your mistakes - it's not the end of the world, -take a few days off to just chill, it (whatever "it" is) will be there when you get back ;-)

Some books that I have found to be very useful for parents, whether that is to help your child become organized or just better understand where your child is 'coming from'...these can help you help them. ;-) I would also recommend calling Half Price Books, to see if they have a copy. If you can wait a week, they might be able to get a copy from another store. To help your child to 'get organized', especially if they do the work, but never can seem to find it (when they get to class) but do find it eventually when they get home...a lot of good tips 9780743270205 The Organized Student by Donna Goldberg Learn more about your exceptionally bright child that doesn't seem to be able to talk or be bright with other people (school, etc.) 9780465081417 The Einstein Syndrome by Thomas Sowell (avail. at Amazon) do not get the earlier book, this one is updated This will help you understand why your child did not speak much till 3 or 4 yrs of age.

This area is for students or parents, especially those that are willing to put forth the effort to learn more, and be a better student, to achieve more ;-) To help my students I normally assign them 5 new words a day. Whether they open a physical dictionary or go to the links below, the important thing is that they learn and use new words. Tools ------ dictionary.com - a handy resource with access to multiple dictionaries in one place, especially if you don't have one in the home. worddynamo.com - great website that will send you (after you sign up for free) an email of a quickie multiple choice test of new words. It's a fun way to learn! khanacademy.org - Khan's academy - this is the best resource I've found both for kids and parents. You can sign up your little learner, no matter the age, and they can go out there at any time. - they have all sorts of subjects for free, your child can go at their own pace, and it's a marvelous place to learn with videos online,... read more

I find most folks today (kids & adults) have the most difficulty in reading and comprehension of what they are reading. Much of that is due to a lack of reading, most folks do not know much in the way of vocabulary (beyond every day useage) and that really hurts them when they come to testing. I also note that most folks don't put much time into reading for pleasure. And the GREAT thing is that it can be fixed!!!! (wahoo!!! life is good) Parents, it's important to impress upon your (hopefully) college bound child EARLY on as a freshman - sophomore - junior - senior, that the better they do, the better scholarships they will receive. And the more they know now, the less painful it will be when they get to college or other higher institutions of learning. Or out into the business world. ***Scientific studies repeatedly show (statistically) that repeated exposure to specific vocabulary enhances and increases the student's utilization of the words. Basically, if your... read more

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