Revealed: The Mystery of Gifted Education

REVEALED: The Mystery of Gifted Education by Carole Richards   In the 1950’s through the 1970’s, the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools had a nationally respected Major Work gifted program.  I had the opportunity to teach in the program. Students were selected based on an IQ of 125+.  They were placed in grade-level classrooms at satellite schools.  Students were given math and …

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Cook for a Cause: 5 Lessons Kids Can Learn in the Kitchen

The holidays are here!  (Has a whole year really gone by that quickly?)  No doubt you have a seemingly endless list of chores and errands on your calendar.  Wash this, dust that, straighten this room, etc. In the midst of the holidays, it’s difficult to find time to educate your children.  With so many other things to do, how can you …

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Sensory-Friendly Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

Live performances are an entrancing experience.  There is an undeniable thrill to be in a performance venue, experiencing the lights and the sounds as you are taking on a priceless journey. For children and adults on the autism spectrum, attending a live performance can be an entirely different experience due to overstimulation and sensitivity.  Many individuals cannot stay seated in a dark theater …

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Start Tutoring for Exams Today!

Happy Halloween, readers!  October is almost over and exams are right around the corner.  Are you ready? It may seem too early to start cracking the books and studying for your final exams.  After all, you are probably 4 – 6 weeks away.  So, why start now? Because research has shown time and again that cramming is NOT an effective way to study.  And …

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Fun and Educational Halloween Activities!

The leaves are starting to change and there is a chill in the air. Autumn has begun and Halloween will be here before we know it. While your kids anxiously plan out the most profitable trick-or-treat route, rest assured that Halloween is more than just buckets of candy (and trips to the dentist). Every day events and holidays are wonderful …

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4 Benefits of Extra-Curricular Activites

  Sports. Marching Band. Performing Arts. Yearbook. Chess Club. Key Club. Robotics. You’ve heard it from your parents, your school, and even your friends — get involved. Try an extra-curricular activity. No doubt you’ve seen the banners trying to recruit you to tryout for the swim team or audition for the improv comedy troupe. You may think that participating in …

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The Effects of Reading Just 20 Minutes a Day

“Read 20 minutes a day.” It’s a common homework assignment that often gets overlooked. With all of the other papers to do, lack of time, and a limited attention span, many parents tend to skip this critical assignment and do not enforce the importance of reading.   Does 20 minutes a day seem so long now? Look at the impact …

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Why You Should Read Aloud to Your Child

Reading to Your Child is Fun for Both of You! by Carole Richards   Most of us agree that reading is essential to a leading a successful life. Success is usually defined by your personal perspective: career, finances, family, friends, happiness, athletics, talents, or others. The media and our government continue to publicize our nation’s poor literacy rate. So it …

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How to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE)

How to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE)

As a parent or guardian, it’s painful to watch your child struggle in school. You may feel completely helpless and at a loss as to how to help. But you are not helpless. You can help! In today’s post, we will show you how to request a Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) from your school.  The results of this evaluation will play …

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4 Steps to Helping a Child Struggling in School

No parent wants to see their child struggle in school. It’s heartbreaking. But how can you tell if it is a casual problem or something more serious? What should you do? Here are 4 simple steps to help you discover why your child is struggling in school: 1. Talk to your child. If you have noticed that your child’s grades …

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