The “I Can” Kid

by Carole Richards   Recently I met with a delightful smart and insightful ten-year-old fifth-grade girl. She spoke lovingly about spending time with her family. She was a happy child. Her mother brought her to see me because the parents thought she had dyslexia. The girl described school as difficult and reading was hard. However, when I tested her, she …

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Helping with homework

BY CAROLE RICHARDS Helping with homework First, I think kids get too much homework.  They need to run, jump, play and be kids. Ask yourself these questions: Can my child do the assigned homework on their own? Is it a reasonable amount of homework for my child’s age and grade? TIPS TO MAKE IT LESS STRESSFUL If the child is …

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Common Core Homework Help…for Parents

Times have changed and so has education.  Thanks to the Common Core, school standards have changed and so have teaching styles and approaches.  Do you remember the “good ol’ days” when you could cross-multiply fractions to find your answer?  Now students are expected to draw models to show their work.  You cannot simply say that it will take 6 hours …

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5 Steps to Addressing a Bad Report Card

It’s almost the end of the first quarter.  Your student will be getting the first report card of the semester very soon.  (Or you may already have it!) Report cards can create a lot of stress for families.  But angry parents and upset students do not solve any problems.  In fact, they could create more.  Yelling and scolding can cause …

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Does My Child Need Tutoring?

  Class is back in session and report cards will be coming out soon.  No doubt by now you have already heard the moans and groans about homework, projects, and upcoming tests.  It is common for students of all academic abilities to dread classwork and exams. The question is when is it too much?  When is it more than they can …

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How to Relieve Homework Stress

  When the bell rings at the end of school, it’s a sign of freedom.  Kids hop on the bus, run in the door, drop their backpack on the floor and race to the television…or the computer…or to their neighbor’s house. While I don’t deny that kids need to run off some steam after a long school day, it can …

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There’s a Tutor for That!

If your student starts struggling in school, remember to call the “Education Problem Solvers”.  We tutor students of all ages in all grades and subjects.     Highly qualified tutors are just a phone call away.  Remember — tutoring takes time…and there’s no time like the present.  Call us today to speak with one of our program directors.

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Back to School Tips — #4

When students are young, homework can be a joyful experience.  I still recall bringing home “color by number” sheets in kindergarten and rushing to get them done! But as students get older, homework can be seen as nothing but a chore.  It can be seen as a boring, time consuming process.  And if they cannot find the supplies they need, …

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Back to School Tips — #2

When it comes to back to school time, staying organized is key!  Good organizational skills result in more time, less pressure, and a happier family. Planning for back to school can be easy for some people.  They have backpacks ready, clothes picked out, and pencils sharpened.  But once the year starts, everything falls apart.  The backpack gets lost, your kids …

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Organize Stuff School Work Executive Functioning Skills

How To Organize Your “Stuff” — A Simple Organizational System for School Work

Keep It Simple — Keep Your Sanity. Getting organized is most challenging at the beginning of the school year.  While many students struggle with organization, it often seems chaotic for children with learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD or LD.  Many of these children struggle with executive functioning skills. We recommend a very simple and proven organizational system.  We find that many …

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