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Friday, September 24, 2021
So… How’s School Going?

So… How’s School Going?

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Photo: hxdbzxyI took my son to a doctor’s appointment yesterday. It was an appointment with a new doctor, a specialist we’d never seen before, and the nurse took a moment to pause and look me straight in the eyes. “So,” she said. “How’s school going?”It wasn’t the usual doctor’s office small talk of, “Oh, what…
Kids Need Workspace Ergonomics, Too

Kids Need Workspace Ergonomics, Too

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Photo: Kite_rin (Shutterstock)Adults aren’t the only ones slumped in front of a computer screen for hours at a time anymore; with the increase in time kids are spending learning from home this school year, often with Chromebooks or other laptops, it’s important to make sure they are set up in the best ergonomic position possible.…
The Best Online Tutoring Options for Kids

The Best Online Tutoring Options for Kids

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Photo: Maria Symchych (Shutterstock)Parents are shouldering extra responsibilities again this fall, with many school-aged students on a partial or fully remote schedule. Whether you’re relearning eighth-grade history to help your child or need some extra help with your college-level calculous, there are lots of apps and websites that will give you an assist, as ed-tech…
Give Your Kid a Stress Ball to Squeeze During Virtual Class

Give Your Kid a Stress Ball to Squeeze During Virtual Class

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Photo: Zilu8 (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.Sometimes the best hacks are the tiniest ones; a thing so helpful and obvious in hindsight that you really…
How to Get the Most Out of a Virtual College Course

How to Get the Most Out of a Virtual College Course

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Colleges from the Ivy League to two-year schools have moved all or some of their instruction online this year. (Eh, you know why). This can feel extra unfair for students who’d been looking forward to, say, living in a dorm or asking for help from the cutie sitting next to them instead of, like, their…
What Teachers Want Parents to Know About This Fall

What Teachers Want Parents to Know About This Fall

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Photo: Kwame Amo (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.I have written a lot here over the past several months about how this pandemic has affected our…
How to Create a Private Learning Area for Your Kids

How to Create a Private Learning Area for Your Kids

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Photo: Angelina HarperMany parents are trying to figure out how to create a learning space at home for their kids, and there are several complicating factors to consider. If you’re working from home, they need to be close enough to you that you’re not trekking across the house every time they have a question or…
Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

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Photo: Cynthia Farmer (Shutterstock)If you’re still wondering and debating what you’re going to do about school this fall, you’re not alone. For many parents, the deadline to choose among their options—whether it be in-person, all virtual or a hybrid of both—is days away. We’re all weighing the physical risks against mental concerns and the logistical…
Should You Consider an Accredited Online School This Fall?

Should You Consider an Accredited Online School This Fall?

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Photo: Africa Studio (Shutterstock)It’s the ongoing debate on so many parents’ minds right now, particularly if our school leaders are leaving the decision up to us: Do we let our kids return to the classroom? Do we opt for the school’s all-virtual option, if they offer one? Do we start our own learning co-op? What…

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