5 simple tips to ensure your child succeeds in online learning

Posted by Anna F. on 4/26/21 12:00 PM

Let’s face it, virtual school is difficult for even the most gifted students. Constant distractions, low motivation, and unstructured days provide a unique challenge for at-home learning. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure your child not only stays on-track, but thrives in their online learning.

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Tags: study skills, middle school

Middle School Writers’ Workshop: Understanding Characterization

Posted by Tess H. on 1/25/21 12:00 PM

Have you ever read a book where you feel like you really know the characters? You understand their dreams and relate to their failures, you can see yourself making similar decisions, and maybe they even remind you of someone you know. Rich, fully-developed characters are what separate good books from great books. It is the characters who feel like they could walk right off the page that stay with us long after we put a novel down.

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Tags: creative writing, English, middle school

Solving algebraic equations with variables on both sides

Posted by Tess H. on 1/22/21 12:00 PM

If you are reading this, I can tell you’ve mastered solving simple linear equations. You’ve mastered the art of balance. You know that whatever you do to one side of the equal sign, you must do to the other. You can perform inverse operations until the cows come home, and you are a pro at isolating the variable. I bet you even check your work by plugging your answer back into the original equation, math whiz kid that you are. You could solve the following problem without breaking a sweat.

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Tags: middle school, math

How to solve linear algebraic equations

Posted by Tess H. on 1/20/21 12:00 PM

Today, we are going to learn how to solve linear algebraic equations like 3y + 3 = 18 or 5x - 4 = 16. If these equations make you feel a bit queasy, have no fear! I am going to break the process down into five simple steps. 

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Tags: middle school, math

The Middle School Writers’ Workshop: 3 Steps to a Great Literary Essay Outline

Posted by Tess H. on 9/4/20 12:46 PM

Writing literary essays can be scary. Learning how to analyze texts through writing is one of the most challenging but fundamental skills that you’ll need in your academic career. Particularly for younger students, this task can be daunting. However, if you follow a few simple steps, it doesn’t have to be!

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Tags: English, expository writing, middle school

5 books to keep your reluctant middle schoolers reading all summer long

Posted by Danielle on 7/15/19 11:42 AM

It can be hard to keep your child reading after the school year end. These are five of my favorite books to recommend for any reluctant middle school reader. These stories will keep them engaged and excited to read all summer long!

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Tags: middle school

What is Going on in NY Specialized High Schools? The SHSAT Explained

Posted by Martha C. on 4/3/19 8:25 PM

You may have read in recent news that the stakes for the New York City specialized high school admissions are very high.  At the center of this heated discussion is a little known test named the SHSAT -- a standardized test that is designed to assess middle school curriculum content mastery for students entering these high schools.  Being local to New York and a company that has taught many middle schoolers in this city since 2012, we thought it timely to put out a quick run-down of this test.

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Tags: middle school

5 Middle School Books for Reluctant Readers

Posted by Danielle on 11/2/18 2:55 PM

Do you have an 8 to 12-year-old who says that hate reading? These are fun, quirky and quick stories that will make them fall in love with reading! Don't miss out on these middle school book recommendations: 

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Tags: middle school

6 Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read

Posted by Danielle on 10/26/18 6:00 PM

It doesn’t matter how old you are, I firmly believe that everyone can enjoy a young adult book. While they are typically targeted at teenagers since the main characters range from 14-19 years old, these stories can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their age.  The following books are impactful and important stories that I firmly believe everyone should read. 

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Tags: English, middle school

Possessive Plurals and Plurals' Possessives

Posted by Alison on 9/23/16 9:30 PM

Within the realm of punctuation, apostrophes on plurals and possessives can also lead to questions. There are patterns for forming plurals, though, and so that you do not have to wonder about when and where to put an apostrophe.

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Tags: English, middle school