Schooling

Schoolgirl struggling to understand math problem as she stands at a chalkboard with her forehead leaning against it

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Is Your Child Underachieving in School?

Grant Martin

Children labeled as "underachievers" are often more capable than people realize.

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Illustration of a dad helping his son work on a model car; mother looks on from the background

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Beyond Basic Academics

Mark Einkauf

Dads can model a love of learning, especially when home schooling.

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Illustration of family doing homework together

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Managing the After-School Chaos

Esther Feng

Find the right strategy to keep your kids from ending up with a chaotic readjustment, homework time and home life.

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Girl trying to complete homework places head on table in frustration

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End the Homework Battle

Cynthia Tobias

Create a homework plan based on your child's learning style.

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A mother sitting with her two children at the kitchen table while homeschooling

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7 Things Every Home-School Rookie Should Know

Debra Bell

As a home-school parent, don't be afraid to learn along with your kids.

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Illustration of exhausted student hitting snooze on his alarm clock

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Back-to-School Blues

Vicki Caruana

Parents can help their kids who dread the new school year.

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Various stickers for motivating students: Great job, Nice work, Keep it up, Well done are examples of what is on the stickers.

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What Motivates Your Child to Learn?

Sheila Seifert

Understand what motivates each of your children and whether those motivators are formed within themselves or developed through external circumstances.

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Photo of a child sitting on a chair with feet extended. The bottom of one foot is covered in paint. The other foot wears a sock. On the floor in front of the chair are paints and brushes and papers that have been painted on. One paper has a footprint.

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Encouraging Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic Learning

Randi Perez Helm , Teresa Jansen , and Stacey Pardoe

What works for one child academically may not work for another. Figure out how to support your children in their learning

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A preschool-age boy holds a pencil to write the alphabet in a spiral notebook

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11 Activities That Help Improve Handwriting

Sarah Adkisson

Fun activities to do with children to strengthen muscles and sharpen the skills that can improve their handwriting

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Boy leans his forehead against a chalkboard while he thinks about a math problem

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Thoughtful Kids in a Rapid Sound-Bites World

Tammie Haveman

Kids are increasingly pressured by our media-saturated world to react quickly to information — but there is nothing wrong with a deliberate thinker.

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Female student raising her hand in classroom

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Back to the Books

Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman gives tips about getting ready for the new school year.

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A girl in front of a chalkboard filled with equations

Series

Your Child's Intelligence

Like adults, children have intelligence, or smarts, in different areas. Find out more about how your child learns.

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young boy with world globe cut in half and wearing as a bowl on his head

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Beat Summer Learning Loss

various authors

Encourage your kids to actively learn and engage their brains during the summer months so they'll be ready for the rigors of school in the fall.

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Three children costumed in patriotic clothing with aa log cabin wall behind them. Girl is dressed in a Betsy Ross style, middle boy is dressed in a colonial suit, third boy is dressed in Abe Lincoln style with top hat and coat tails

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Teaching Kids About Voting

Voting matters! Help your children, no matter their age, understand that voting is a privilege and part of our democratic process. Registering to vote is the first step.

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Principal Marta Plata hugging a student at a Parent University graduation

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Success Begins at Home

Thomas Jeffries

Teachers and tutors do their best, but involved parents can make all the difference in a student's success.

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Illustration of a parent on a homemade phone, talking to his middle schooler

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Welcome to the Middle School Zone

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Your child is changing. Is your parenting?

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Discovering the Best Ways to Educate Your Child (Part 2 of 2)

Author Carol Barnier offers practical suggestions for how parents can help their children learn and succeed in school. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Discovering the Best Ways to Educate Your Child (Part 1 of 2)

Author Carol Barnier offers practical suggestions for how parents can help their children learn and succeed in school. (Part 1 of 2)

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tween growing

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Those Clumsy Middle-school Years

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Middle schoolers can be clumsy. Here is a way to help your child through those awkward growth spurts.

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family kids getting ready for home school

Article

Giving Kids a Voice in Their Home-School Experience

Debra Bell

Recess! Report cards! (And other basic human rights)! Give your kids a place to voice their needs in the home-school experience.

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Mom at child's eye level, facing her and holding the hands of her child, who is wearing a pink backpack/purse

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Back to School With Purpose

Lauren Osborne

Moving from a summer schedule to a school-year routine is a time of transition for families. Get four ways to help your child ease into the new school-year schedule.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

Episode

Navigating the Middle School Years

This weekend, authors Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña explain how parents can effectively adapt to various challenges they and their children will face during the middle school years. 

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Focus on the Family Weekend

Episode

Nurturing Your Child's Intelligence

This weekend, Dr. Kathy Koch helps parents identify and unlock eight "intelligences," or "smarts," in their children, and discusses ways to encourage their growth and understand how they connect with God.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Nurturing Your Child's Intelligence (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Kathy Koch helps parents identify and unlock eight "intelligences," or "smarts," in their children, and discusses ways to encourage their growth and understand how they connect with God. (Part 2 of 2)

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