Five Strategies for Surviving End-of-the-Year Testing

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Good Morning. Testing will begin shortly after you complete the identification information on your answer sheet. Please listen carefully to the following instructions. You may not eat or drink in this room. You may not …

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Ten Tips to Prevent the Summer Slide!


School is almost over and the kids are ready for SUMMERl! It’s time to play video games, go to the pool and really just relax. While these are all fun summer activities, it turns out …

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If Your Kids Can Do It Themselves, Let Them: 4 Ways to Foster Independence

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I walked over to the coffee pot to put in the filter and spoon the tiny black granules into the basin. Above the soothing drip drip drip of coffee entering the pot, I suddenly hear …

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Do This One Thing to Help Raise a Child Who Is Both Kind and Successful

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March is National Reading Month and Thursday March 2nd is Read Across America Day; A great time to reexamine how you are reading with your children!   Do you want to raise a child who …

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Three Tips for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

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I rush to the car, grabbing items as I pass through the kitchen in a blur:  purse (check), paper and pen (check), toddler has presentable clothes on (check), hair brushed sometime today-mine and hers (check …

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The Power of “I See You”

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“Who is she talking to?” my older daughter says looking at the baby inquisitively. Our big silver SUV is bumping along crowded gray streets with cars lined up like dominoes. Lights flash yellow to red, …

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The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled …

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Is it Procrastination, Anxiety, or Avoidance?

  Have you ever had an important project or paper to do and found that you suddenly had an urgent need to reorganize your pictures on Facebook, browse “how to” videos on YouTube, or clean …

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Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Barnes and Noble Storytime

Head over to Barnes and Noble for a variety of free events and storytimes.  Storytimes usually take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday with many special events also held on Saturday.  The storytimes are held …

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Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Alum Spring Park – Fredericksburg, VA

Alum Spring Park is located within the limits of the city of Fredericksburg at the end of Greenbrier Drive.  It is a great place to take the kids on a sunny day.  There is a …

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