Become a Savvy Studier

Several times a week I have a conversation that goes something like this: Parent: My kid studies; I think; I see them studying. Then they take the test and they do poorly. It’s like they don’t retain what they have studied. They see the test, get nervous, and forget. Maybe …

Kick-starting the 2nd Half of the School Year with Dee Daniels

Nina Parrish was recently a guest on the B101.5 talk show “Sunday Mornings with Dee Daniels” discussing how to kick-start the 2nd half of the school year. Click the link below to listen: Link to the interview with Dee Daniels.     Share -Nina Parrish, M.Ed. Owner | Parrish Learning Zone, …

Marshmallows and the Management of Multiple Tasks

In a now classic, 1972 study by Walter Mischel at Stanford, children ages 3-5 were given a marshmallow and told if they could resist eating the marshmallow for 15 minutes, while the teacher stepped out of the classroom, then they would get two marshmallows.  Follow-up studies showed that the children …

Does Your Child Struggle with Learning or Attention?

According to the 2014 State of Learning Disabilities Report, http://www.ncld.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-State-of-LD.pdf, one in five people in the United States, ages 3-20 have difficulty with reading, math, writing, focus and/or attention. Is your child one of the twenty percent who struggles in school due to a learning issue? If so, it is …

What to Do About a Bad Report Card

In most local school districts, students are receiving first nine weeks grades about now. Did your student bring home a report card that was less than exciting or not quite what you were expecting? Here are some suggestions on what to do now: 1. Meet with your Student’s Teacher/s Most …

Manners Matter

In this era of smart phones at the dinner table, texting instead of talking, self-indulgence and social media, how do we make sure our children are not losing the ability to conduct polite conversations and consider the needs of others? Like most skills, basic social skills need to be taught. …

What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference

Fall is the time for Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences. You may be wondering what to expect at these events. At most schools, you will get a chance to walk your child’s schedule and meet with each teacher for 10-15 minutes, usually as a group. This is a …

Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

I see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none of them. Seriously, these kids have 20 folders, binders, pens, highlighters, dividers, and composition notebooks …

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools!

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools to Stuff the Bus with school supplies this Friday Aug. 1 at the Southpoint Wal-Mart from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  All donations will go to the Spotsylvania County Treasure House which supports needy and homeless children in Spotsylvania.  Read more here…. http://umweagles.com/athletic_dept/plzstuffthebus Share …

Ten Tips for Tax Free Weekend: Back to School Shopping

1. Take an Inventory, Reuse, and Recycle Look to see what’s left over from last year. It is likely that there are many binders, pencils, pens, calculators, and other supplies that can be reused. Let kids use stickers or paper to decorate and add a personal touch to reused binders …