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If your son or daughter is complaining of bordom,bring them to the library! At the end of the school year,many public libraries have Summer reading programs.In some cases they include: reading contests with prizes, author appearances and even book character dressup contests. Many libraries offer programs for older students as well, such as bookclubs.  Help to ppreserve your child's educational... read more

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Chances are, your children came home with Summer reading lists and/or worksheet packets. As a parent, you might be tempted to feel frustrated or angry over what looks like and attempt to hijack your child's/ family's Summer. Hold off on that conclusion for just a second please. Research states that children lose on adverage:2.6 months of Math skills, 2months of reading skills. On adverage,teachers... read more

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"Mom; Dad,  I'm bored!"  If that is the constant  complaint of your child this week of Spring Break, take heart. There's hope! For those of you in Houston, the Children's  Museum of Houston is offering admission for $12.00 this week. There will be special activities and exhibits to keep your children occupied and learning all week.   libraries are planning... read more

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Everyone knows that when you've lost a student's attention, it doesn't matter how knowledgeable you are, you've lost the battle. Here are some tips for avoiding that downfall. 1. Change the location every once in a while.  After obtaining parental consent and climate allowing, hold class at a table in a park or just outside the student's home.  If you are teaching a new reader, have... read more

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I just  wanted all of my prior students in the Katy area  know that I have moved and I will no longer be able to teach in that area. I am now located in zip code 77042 I am willing to travel 10 miles  inside this zip code. Nothing else has changed. Parents and /or students may continue to expect the same great results they have been recieving thus far. As my profile will testify... read more

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Over the years, I have found that the three best waysto keep your brain shar over the Winter (Christmas) break are: 1. Read a book related to something you are studying in school. Without a doubt, you are studying something that hold your interest. Check out a book from the school on that topic. 2. Ask your teacher for extra credit work. Before you sigh , or throw something at your computer,... read more

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"Honey do you have any homework?" " I don't know. I can't find it." Does this sound like a conversation you might have with your son son or daughter?    Here, at the onset of another school year,let's see can do about that. In First grade, children begin to be assigned homework. Small children, once they begin, to learn to write should begin keeping ... read more

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All students struggle with a different type of "Brain Freeze" during the Summer months. This tendncy to be sluggish duuring the Summer months is often refered to as "The Summer Slump." There are ways to headoff this dreadesd cause of doom. What follows is a five point "Summer Slump" Survival Guide." 1. Acknowledge that you have fallen into a "Summer Slump"... read more

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Organization is the most important skill any student has. Lack of organization can cause students to lose assignments, or turn them in with errors that could have otherwise been prevented had the correct supplies and time been secured. It all starts a month in advance of an assignment being due with a day planner. Writing down your assignments ahead of time allows you to see them with enough time... read more

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Do you want to increase your child's vocabulary and make them feel more secure at the same time? Here how. Read to them. Research has shown that simply reading to a child ten-fifteen minutes a day will add to their vocabulary for the simple reason that children hear new words in contexts as they are read t them.As you read a read a new word you would like your child to learn, stop and ask, "what... read more

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I believe you should begin studying for a test a week before it occurs. If you have taken good notes during the classes leading up to the exam you have a good foundation. Often course notes are meant as an addition to, not a replacement for your textbook. Lectures and textbooks often fill in gaps for one another. Pay attention to the cases of overlap between textbooks and lectures, more often... read more

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My name is Julie and I am a proofreading tutor in Katy. Why is proofreading important? Because, this practice allows you to catch errors in papers and correct them before your teacher sees them and deducts points. One suggestion for effective proofreading, is to never examine your own work. Take the time to begin your writing early, so that you can show a first draft to someone you trust. That... read more

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Many languages such as Spanish and English  share Latin as their root language. Therefore, they share many similar words.  Many Spanish words are refered to as cognates.  A cognate is a Spanish word that can be easily translated due to its similary to the Spanish word that defines...

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How many times have you heard yourself say (or felt like saying) I know I should study, but, there are SO MANY other things I would rather be doing ... Look at it this way, If you get homework out of the way early when you get home from class, you will have more time to enjoy other activities you enjoy the rest of the day. Trust me, when you put off homework till the last minute, it will backfire... read more

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Hello Wordsmiths, Our word of the day is MONOPOLY (noun). This is defined as "Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service." (The American Heritage Dictionary, page 811). The first question one must ask when dealing with economic matters such as this is, "why does it matter?" It matters because of equal opportunity. By... read more

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I hope you enjoyed yesterday's trip into the obscure. Today's word is cartel. The American Heritage Dictionary Second College Edition defines cartel (noun) as "a combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing and marketing of goods by the members." (Page 243) The news often speaks of cartels in terms of illegal activity such as drug-trafficking... read more

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How many times have you thought, "what is a synonym for, (a word that means the same as) obscure?" The beginning is always the best place to start. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word obscure as, "deficient in light or dark, or not clearly understood" (Page 858). It follows then that a synonym for the word obscure would be unclear. Conversely, an antonym refers... read more