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

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 leave the room until you have been dismissed. You will have one hour to complete …

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

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 is both kind and successful?  I think we all do. Well there is one thing …

Three Tips for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

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 and check), and keys and shoes (check). This goes on for what seems like five …

8 Essential Study and Life Skills You Won’t Learn in School

  I can’t even count the number of teachers that I have heard say something along the lines of, “if it’s not on the test, I don’t teach it.” I don’t really blame them. We have created a culture in our schools that is completely focused on testing. Teachers are …

How to Use Your PSAT Score to Prepare for the SAT

Most students take the PSAT, but I have found through talking to students and parents that many do not fully understand how to use the PSAT to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT score report can be one of your most useful tools when preparing for the SAT. You spent …

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 out your closet?  Procrastination is a thief of time and a guaranteed way to avoid …

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 in the children’s section of the store and include several stories, coloring, and a snack. …

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 shaded playground with a variety of slides and swings including baby swings.  There are also …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Regal Summer Movies – Fredericksburg, VA

Summer movies are a great way to escape the hot weather, and this is the last week for $1 summer movies at the Regal Cinema.  Regal Cinema is located at 3301 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, VA.  This is the movie theater in Central Park off of Route 3.  This week’s …

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

Loriella Park is located at 10910 Leavells Road, in Spotsylvania County.  Loriella Park has baseball diamonds, a 2.9 mile trail, multi-purpose fields, several playgrounds, disc golf course, lighted tennis courts, picnic areas, and a swimming pool.  The playgrounds at Loriella Park are great for toddlers as well as elementary-aged children …