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Preparing Your Child to Begin School

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Schools across the country are announcing the start of Kindergarten registration. Whether the thought of sending your child to school for the first time instills fear or relief, it can be a stressful time for both of you. But there are things you can do now to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

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How to Make Homework Less Stressful for Everyone

Monday, February 6, 2017

Homework. The dreaded eight-letter word that creates such divide between parents and students everywhere. Whether your student needs a gentle push to complete his work, or he completes everything on his own, there are still steps you can take to make hometime a little less stressful for your student and for you.

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is there value to teaching cursive handwriting?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In today’s world, emails replace letters; credit cards replace checks; and electronic check marks replace official signatures. This shift towards technology has left many wondering if handwriting, and in particular cursive handwriting, still has a place in the classroom. Could the time spent mastering loops and humps be better spent studying fractions or verbs? Many school districts seem to feel so, and cursive handwriting has been disappearing from curriculum guides across the country. But maybe cursive still has a place in the classroom after all. Here are a few benefits of teaching cursive handwriting in the classroom.

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Staying active in the winter months

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the cold reality of winter sets in, you may be wondering how to keep your children from coming down with “cabin fever” and how best to keep them active until spring. With some helpful information from Sarah Harms, Physical Education teacher and coach at Stuart Hall School, we have some tips for helping you and your children stay active and healthy during the winter months.

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College application Tips from the Experts

Monday, January 9, 2017

In addition to starting a new semester and getting back into the swing of school after winter break, for seniors it is also time to finalize those college applications. With deadlines quickly approaching, college-bound students everywhere are gathering transcripts and recommendation letters, and college admission counselors are preparing to read hundreds of applicant files. Ever wonder what those college admission reps are thinking heading into the decision room? NPR’s Kirk Carapezza recently tackled that exact question in his article, What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think. Speaking with Ann McDermott, Director of Admissions at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, Carapezza explored what college admissions representatives are really looking for in a college application.

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using a planner for student success

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

In a day and age when we have Google Calendar, a smartphone, and a device like a Chromebook during classes, does an old fashioned, paper-and-pen planner still have any merit? According to Stuart Hall Learning Resource Specialist, Carol Stanley, they absolutely do! Assignments and due dates are not suggestions; homework is to be completed on-time and well done. A planner is a great way to keep everything organized in one place.

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Early Childhood Education: Stuart Hall Reacts to Recent NPR Article

Friday, December 16, 2016

As many parents quickly learn, early childhood programs can be expensive. Parenting websites tell parents to expect to spend on average $972 per month for daycare or a preschool program; and although shopping for a bargain might seem like the best approach, recent research shows that an investment in early childhood education pays off in the long run.

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Study tips to help your child survive exam season

Monday, December 12, 2016

Exam season is upon us. Your student is gearing up for the Holiday Break, and while excitement may be high, there is still a lot to get done, exams to study for, tests to take, projects to finalize. As a parent, how do you help your student study, prepare, and succeed?

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Helpful Tips for Cyber Safety and Responsible Technology Use for Your Children

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

There’s no question it is a different world for our children today than it was for us growing up. Our children are surrounded 24x7 by technology. As a parent it is often hard to know how to navigate this constantly evolving world and how to keep your child safe. But there are easy steps you can take to protect your child and be sure he/she is using technology responsibly.

There are three main areas of focus for parents when it comes to technology and children: Awareness, Communication and Expectations. When thinking about engaging in a technology conversation with your family, just remember, A.C.E.

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top 6 reasons to choose an independent school

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why consider going to private school after a lifetime of being in public school? Here are the top 6 reasons to consider an independent school and to make the switch you’ve been thinking about.

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