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Is it Unfair to ask Children to Do Chores?

Is it Unfair to ask Children to Do Chores?

  There is a video that is creating quite a buzz on Facebook recently. It is about the benefits to kids of doing household chores. The video contains pictures, information, and statistics about children in the United States doing chores. (See below for full video...

The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

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  by towering chain-link fences with signs that read “Keep...

To the Parent Who is Crying at Kindergarten Drop-Off

To the Parent Who is Crying at Kindergarten Drop-Off

                                          Dear Mom (or Dad) Who is Crying in their Car, I see you, because I was you last year. I led my first little baby by the hand to her waiting school bus. She climbed up the steps, lunchbox by her side, book bag bigger than...

Is it Procrastination, Anxiety, or Avoidance?

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...

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Bowling

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Bowling

  Bowling is a great way to get kids out of the house to do something active, but did you know it can be a good way to practice math as well?  Try to let your kids score their bowling game the old fashioned way and then check their math on the screen.  Directions...

Learning: It’s Like Riding a Bike

Learning: It’s Like Riding a Bike

Learning: It’s Like Riding a Bike   This year for my daughter’s birthday, we got her a big girl bike. Shiny and pink with training wheels. If you live in our part of the country, you know that we are in the midst of an unending monsoon. It has rained for days. My...

The last day of school is right around the corner…

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...

What’s So Different About the New SAT?

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...

Resolve to Look at Learning in a New Way in 2016

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...

Best Educational Toys Under $50

Best Educational Toys Under $50

If you are a parent, December is all about shopping for the perfect holiday gifts for your little ones.  As an educator, I like to think about how I can sneak a little learning in whenever possible.  So, in the spirit of the season, here are the first five fun and...

6 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

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...

Teachers and Parents Give Their Best Back to School Advice

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! So,...

Is School Causing You Stress?

Is School Causing You Stress?

I have been working this year with Riverbend High School Senior Abigail Williams on her Commonwealth Governor’s School Culminating Project.  The focus of this project is working through procrastination.  I am going to present Abby’s research in a two blog series....

How to Combat Procrastination

How to Combat Procrastination

I have been working this year with Riverbend High School Senior Abigail Williams on her Commonwealth Governor’s School Culminating Project. The focus of this project is working through procrastination. I am going to present Abby’s research in a two blog series. This...

Riverbend High School’s We Are One Campaign

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...

Become a Savvy Studier

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....

Marshmallows and the Management of Multiple Tasks

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...

Does Your Child Struggle with Learning or Attention?

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...

What to Do About a Bad Report Card

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...

Manners Matter

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...

What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference

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 this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

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...

UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools!

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...

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...

Strategies for SAT Success (Updated 2019)

Strategies for SAT Success (Updated 2019)

Are you planning to take the SAT in the future? Here are some tips to help you prepare: 1. Visit the College Board Website  This website offers some free online resources including free practice tests, sample test questions, emailed question of the day, and tips...

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