Activities for pre-readers and beginning readers
Help your child get excited about books by creating a personalized book mark or writing a book of her own.
Meditation vs. homework
One teacher's radical approach to homework has science on its side.
Your 5th grader's writing under Common Core Standards
Paraphrasing, logical thinking, typing, and more — check out the writing skills your fifth grader will learn this year.
Your 2nd grader's writing under Common Core Standards
Your child’s vocabulary is blossoming — and just in time, as second grade writing projects require more detail and nuance.
5 tips for encouraging reluctant readers (and common mistakes to avoid)
Not all kids enjoying reading as much as their parents might like. Here are some ways to draw your reluctant reader into a good book.
Your 3rd grader's writing under Common Core Standards
“More” is the word to describe your child’s writing this year: more research, more detail, and more facility with language.
Your 1st grader's writing under Common Core Standards
First graders learn how to organize and present their thoughts in writing — resulting in full paragraphs with introductions, details, and conclusions by the end of the year.
Your kindergartner's writing under Common Core Standards
Writing goes from zero to 60 in kindergarten, from tracing the ABCs and culminating in higher-level thinking skills like forming, organizing, and expressing complete thoughts.
Bright ideas from our readers: real-life math activities
Our readers share tips on how to teach their children real-life math skills.
7 secrets to get your child excited about math
When you buy shoes, measure distance, or check the time, you're using math. Use these tips to help get your child excited about math.
Erica Reischer on "I'm bad at math!"
Instead of focusing on whether they're "good" or "bad" at something, help kids see the value of hard work, says parent coach and psychologist Erica Reischer.
Summer homework: Yes or no?
Pointless busywork or essential academic upkeep? The experts weigh in on the hot debate.
The case against homework
The founder of Stop Homework argues the unfathomable: that common educational practices are cheating our kids out of a real education.
Does homework really work?
After decades spent trying to assess the value of homework, researchers still argue over the simplest findings.
Who says math can't be cool?
Danica McKellar played the ultimate pretty-cool-nice girl. Now she's showing this generation's tween and teen girls that the "whole package" includes being great at math.
Supernanny on "I hate homework!"
The star of America's Supernanny tells parents to use this firm-but-creative approach to make sure your kids do their homework.
5 tips for painless writing
Searching for ways to turn the page on your child's writing? Look no further.
6 ways to encourage young writers
Follow these suggestions to encourage your child's budding writing skills.
4 styles of homework resistance
Have school evenings become a brutal battleground? Here's how to transform any type of homework hater into a homework hero.