How to Embellish a Sentence

At North Coast Education Services, one common question we receive from parents is how to help their child develop strong writing skills.  “My child’s sentences are so simple and one-dimensional.  There’s no detail.  They don’t know how embellish a sentence.”  Many times these students are working on an upcoming paper, book report, or presentation.  Some students are also struggling with dyslexia …

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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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Summer Motivation Series | Reading & Writing Activities

Welcome to the second part of our series on summer motivation. You may recall from our last post that research from the National Summer Learning Association indicates that students could lose up to two months of math knowledge over the summer. Other subjects, including reading and writing, are also affected. The result is students who are behind in learning, which …

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5 More Fun (and Educational) Snow Day Activities!

I’m sure you were among the thousands of Ohioans who rejoiced when it hit 60 degrees in mid-December.  Like me, you probably crossed your fingers thinking, “Maybe it won’t snow this year.”  “Maybe winter will pass over us and give us a break.” Well, welcome to Northeast Ohio!  (My city received nearly two feet of snow in the past two days.) …

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Read Across America Day 2015 — Tips for Your Classroom

In 1997, the National Education Association proposed a new idea – a national day to celebrate reading.  On March 2, 1998, the nation celebrated its first “Read Across America Day,” appropriately celebrated on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (more commonly known as Dr. Seuss).  Schools, communities, libraries and local businesses are all invited to have parties and events to …

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“Hey Mom, how do I write an essay?”

Our founder and executive director, Carole Richards, has been working in the education field for over 30 years.  A former teacher, she wrote the award-winning Richards Learning Systems ®, which is the reading program used by North Coast Education Services.  She has received multiple awards and is a guest speaker on radio and TV.  In addition, her articles are often …

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