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Tackling Theme in Literature

Tackling Theme in Literature

A theme is an idea or message about life, society, or human nature. And it is often the most hardest element for a middle schooler to identify in a book. But by asking questions as you read your child will be able to better identify themes.

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Find out what teachers recommend your teens and adolescents read to get them ready for school.

How to Start Thinking about College ... in  Middle School!

How to Start Thinking about College ... in Middle School!

Believe it or not, middle school lays important foundations for higher education. And whether it's calendars or coursework, there's a lot you can do now to pave the way for high school and college success.

Game On! Educational Picks for Middle Schoolers

Game On! Educational Picks for Middle Schoolers

Playing games can be a great way to learn, and the middle years are no exception. Here are 8 cool games sure to kick learning into high gear.

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

Get Your Preteen Out of a Reading Rut

In middle school kids' bookshelves often starts collecting dust. The good news is that authors are coming up with great techniques to draw kids into the world of books.

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

Kids must become familiar with different forms of writing before they can break free from their sets of rules. Here's a sampling of types of writing, examples of prompts your child may face, and tips to tackle them.

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Science is happening all around us, twenty-four hours a day. Every time we breathe in and out, ride our bikes or cook dinner, we are experiencing scientific events. So why should we limit our child's opportunity to learn about science to one short period of the school day?

Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

In today's standards-driven, no-nonsense classrooms, boys seem to be struggling to follow-through with homework, let alone sit still for five minutes. So how can you help them get organized and on track?

Ready for Middle School?

Ready for Middle School?

Hormones are raging. Voices changing. Pimples forming. Bodies growing faster than humanly possible. It's time for middle school, whether you and your child are ready or not!

How to Be a Homework Helper

How to Be a Homework Helper

Kids often get frustrated and lose interest in their assignments. You can help: here's an age-by-age guide to being your child's homework coach.