Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

My daughter brought home a small green pamphlet from her school for the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathlon.  This is a summer reading program for elementary students in grades 1-5.  Forms can be found at your local Barnes and Noble store, in the kids section.  The only requirement is …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Michaels Camp Creativity

Did you know that Michaels has a craft class for kids 3 and up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 am?   They offer a variety of crafts that appear to be mostly geared toward the elementary age group and each week has a theme.    It is five dollars to …

The last day of school is right around the corner…

  Summer is here! Where has the time gone? Now is the time to start thinking about your plans to stay ahead of the learning curve throughout the summer. A Smart Summer begins with additional enrichment that you wouldn’t otherwise receive. We offer a lot of different workshops and services for …

What’s So Different About the New SAT?

Students taking the SAT on March 5th will see a new and completely redesigned SAT test.  Many parents have contacted us regarding their concerns about this new test, and there is a lot of misinformation floating around!  Here is a quick comparison of the new and old SAT test so …

Resolve to Look at Learning in a New Way in 2016

Frequently, I get a phone call from a concerned parent that sounds something like this:  My child did so well in elementary/middle school.  At that time, the work was easy.  They rarely had homework and always made good grades.  Now that they are in middle/high school/college, the work has gotten …

6 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

As many of you know from my previous blogs, my oldest daughter just started Kindergarten.  If you are about my age, and were in elementary school in the 80’s and early 90’s, you probably think of Kindergarten as very similar to preschool.  Maybe you remember days spent finger-painting, learning to …

Teachers and Parents Give Their Best Back to School Advice

As many of you know, my oldest daughter started Kindergarten this week! I can’t believe that I have a child old enough to be in school when it feels like just yesterday that she was a baby, we were first starting our tutoring business, and I began writing a blog! …