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Reimagine Summer Learning Loss: How to Get Your Child to Read Over the Summer

Throughout COVID-19 school closures, you may have read the headlines about COVID-19 learning losses. These losses were compared to how summer affects students’ academic progress — also known as summer learning loss.   For years, summer has been painted as something to fear, mostly by academic programs offered during those off-school months.   But what…
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Online Resources for Parents: 7 Tools to Help Your Child Focus at Home

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that teaching is hard. Admittedly, remote schooling is much more difficult than being in the classroom, but still – getting your child to sit down and focus can be stressful. But you’re not alone with your struggle. These 7 online resources for parents are built to support you both…
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The Secret of Teaching Dialogue to Students

Teaching dialogue is about more than introducing grammar formatting and dialogue words (although that is important.) To learn how to write dialogue, students need to learn when and why to use it in their writing. This is a mystery to many writers, even in adulthood – but you have to understand it to write effective…
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What are the types of figurative language?

How often do you hear people use phrases that don’t really make sense? For example, when someone is about to perform, someone might say: “Break a leg!” Or when it’s raining a lot, people say: “It’s raining cats and dogs!” Or if you’re having a bad day, you might say it’s the worst day ever.…
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