1. Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss with These Tips

    Mom & Daughter ReadingAt the end of another school year, many families breathe a sigh of relief. The hectic days filled with exams, class projects and extracurricular activities will soon be replaced with long days, warm nights and, hopefully, a little R&R. Don’t put the pens and pencils away just yet! It’s time to develop a plan to help prevent summer learning loss.

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  2. Why Do We “Spring Forward”? The History of Daylight Saving Time

    The history of daylight saving timeOn Sunday, many of us will set our clocks an hour ahead, giving us an “extra hour” of sunlight at the end of the day. While “springing forward” may seem simple enough, the history of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and the thought process behind it is a little more complicated.

    According to timeanddate.com, DST is used to make better use of daylight and to save energy. Who invented Daylight Saving Time? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it’s a concept that has been alluded to in ancient civilizations and later made famous and adopted into common usage by scientists and politicians.

    Here’s a look at the history of Daylight Saving Time:

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  3. 10 Tips for Writing an Eye-Catching College Application Essay

    Student writing essay for a college applicationHigh school grades, test scores and extracurricular activities are extremely important, but the college application essay can make or break a student’s candidacy. Why? The essay is often the student’s only chance to “speak” directly to the admissions committee about why he or she should be admitted over possibly thousands of other applicants.

    An eye-catching college application essay demonstrates why the student is ideal and can be of value for that particular college or university. To benefit any students in your life, pass along this list of tips for writing an eye-catching college application essay.

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  4. How Multimedia Helps Reading Instruction

    Young girl using tabletNowadays, teaching children how to read can take many forms. High-quality, one-on-one education via parents, teachers or tutors can be supplemented, for example, with a wide variety of useful multimedia. Many theories exist about what works best for teaching children to read, so if you’re not sure if multimedia is right for your child, consult with his or her teacher or a local librarian for direction.

    Here are a few multimedia options designed to support children’s reading instruction:

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  5. Simple Ways to Fit Volunteering at Your Child’s School into Your Schedule

    Parent with flashcards at schoolYoung children can find it exciting to see mom or dad in the classroom, and teachers are always looking for parent volunteers in schools. Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to show your children how much you value their education and to be involved in what’s going on at school. It can be lots of fun, and there is no shortage of opportunities.

    For busy parents, however, it can be challenging to find the time. Consider these simple ways to make volunteering at your child’s school fit into your busy schedule:

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