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Writing Skills for Kids

Want to Spark Your Child’s Creativity? Try a Chain Story

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “How did you get your kids to love writing?” Yes, I’m the mom who allowed my children to write stories and draw pictures on the kitchen wall with permanent markers. Before you let that sully your opinion of me, let me explain. At some point …

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Writing Skills for Kids

Do You Know How To Encourage a Young Writer? Learn From These Five Simple Tips.

April 10th is Encourage a Young Writer Day! Every April, we celebrate the talent of our nation’s youngest writers. Do you have a fledgling writer in your home? Or are you looking for ways to encourage your child to write more? From tweens and teens to preschoolers and elementary school kids, here are five easy …

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Books

Want Your Child to Read More? Act Now With These 15 Easy Tips.

How would you like to learn how to help your child succeed in school? What if I said that your child’s success in school boils down to early learning, literacy, and reading? Better yet, what if I showed you 15 ways you can promote reading and literacy in your own home? Promote Reading by Being …

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Books

Fall in Love With These 15 Middle Grade Books by AAPI Authors

Are you wondering how you can honor Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage this month? When you buy or check out Asian American children’s books from the library, you support AAPI businesses and authors, and you celebrate AAPI culture. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans have skyrocketed. It’s …

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Parenting

Teach Your Child How to Deal With a Bad Grade

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best things they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their …

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Parenting

20 Awesome Family Word Games That Build Vocabulary Skills

Whether it’s bonding over a board game at home or going on a spontaneous adventure hike with your kids, spending time doing fun family activities is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Family game night is one of the best ways to bring your crew together for bonding and laughter. If you’re on the prowl for …

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Parenting

How to Completely Change the Way Your Child Studies

Teaching study skills doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you know your child’s learning style. Excellent study skills increase your child’s confidence and self-esteem and can help them succeed in school. The right strategies for studying can’t be stressed enough! Teachers provide guidance to your children in the classroom. How can you help them …

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Parenting

Essential Kids Desk Organization Ideas for Busy Students (and Parents!)

As our kiddos approach the final months of the academic year, it’s important to reassess their organizational skills and study habits. One final push before summer, friends! After a long year fraught with pandemic shutdowns and quarantines, some students are finally back in the classroom; yet some remain in virtual learning for the remainder of …

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Parenting

The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. ~ Erma Bombeck Is your teen ready to start behind-the-wheel driver education with you? Are you feeling lost and unsure where to start? Teaching your teen to drive can be scary and intimidating. After all, it’s your baby who sits behind the wheel! …

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Books

Awesome New Middle Grade Books to Read for Black History Month

Are you looking for new middle grade books written by black authors to celebrate Black History Month? The list below includes books featuring protagonists of color. Each one is written by an author of color as well. February is Black History month in the United States. Books are one of the many ways you can …