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At first glance, grade retention may look like old-fashioned common sense: Fail the year? Just do it over!
'Bang, bang! You're dead!' Whether it's fake sword fighting, pretend gunplay, or a superhero scene recreated, parents may cringe at the idea of make-believe violence where kids pretend to kill each other. But there's more to pretend play than meets the eye, which is part of the reason you can't stop kids from doing it. Learn what pretend play means to children, and find out when you should step in.
By age five, girls are studious junior academics while boys are rough and tumble little terrors. That's an exaggerated view, but not a complete tall tale.
Do learning styles such as kinesthetic, auditory, and visual really exist? Find out what the learning style debate is all about.
Want to help your child succeed in school?  Expert parenting advice on how to keep your child happy and productive in the classroom.
Does your kid have school burnout? Learn to find the balance between lazy and overworked, and replace school burnout with school success!
Try these simple activities to give your child a 'full-brain' workout.
An expert guide to the mental development of third graders.
Here's a cheat sheet on what your child's social studies curriculum should be at the beginning and end of third grade.
It's important as a parent to know what your preschooler is capable of understanding, so that you can form reasonable expectations.
An expert guide to the mental development of second graders.
Playing might seem to have little to do with the academic knowledge that children will need to succeed in kindergarten. So why is it so important in preschool?
Does your child jump right into an activity without asking how to do it? Is he unusually coordinated for his age? Perhaps he's a kinesthetic learner.
Is your child artistic, great with faces (but not names); does she have a strong sense of color?  She may be a visual learner.
What is my learning style? For teens, finding the answer is the key to memorizing the quadratic formula and other important concepts in school.
Every child learns differently.  If your child loves jokes, constantly sings or hums, and is louder than other kids, chances are she's an auditory learner.
Are the books on your bookshelves gathering dust? Between doing chores and running around, it may seem impossible to find time to sit and read a story with your child. Find ways to squeeze in reading with these eight tips.
An expert guide to the mental development of first graders.
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