5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer

For high school students, very little compares to the bliss of summer vacation.  After nine months of endless studying and classes, it’s time to kick back by the pool and soak in the sun. And while you should definitely take advantage of some well-deserved R&R, remember — summer can be a productive time, too. Productive does not mean “boring”.  I’m not …

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Dave Hoffman

“Fighting illiteracy, one sock puppet at a time”

  In 2015, we announced that changes were coming to our award-winning Richards Learning Systems® Curriculum. Richards Learning Systems® was developed by North Coast Education Services founder and president Carole Richards.  The multi-sensory reading program introduces learners of all ages to phonics, linguistics, comprehension, and writing skills.  Based on the works of Orton-Gillingham, Richards Learning Systems® has been effective in both children …

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3 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Over the Holidays (…and Away from Electronics)

Believe it or not, we are not that far away from every child’s second favorite part of the school year – winter break!  Two glorious weeks without school and all the time in the world to catch up on texting, TV, and Minecraft.  Right? It sounds like every kid’s dream come true.  Admit it – when you were young, you …

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FFD — Kiwanis Read Around the World

On March 2nd, our nation will celebrate Read Across America Day, a holiday created to celebrate the joy of reading.  Adults and families are encouraged to spend the day reading to children and instilling the love of reading in their hearts.  Even with the advances in technology, I still find so much comfort in picking up a book to read…as …

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