Tara Hefner Named Barnes & Noble National “Teacher of the Year”

Congratulations to Tara Hefner!! We are blessed to have such a wonderful teacher working with our students at Parrish Learning Zone! We are so happy that Tara is receiving national recognition from Barnes & Noble for the amazing things she does for her students everyday. Below are a couple of …

Riverbend High School’s We Are One Campaign

Read on to learn about a campaign that local students at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania have launched to promote inclusiveness and decrease bullying at their school. This year, Burke Swanson, the Senior Class President at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania County, decided to do something impactful. He saw that …

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 …