Tips for a Great College Admissions Essay

It’s your child’s junior or senior year of high school, and they’ve come a long way! You encouraged them as they tackled quadratic equations, cheering them on until their solution finally matched the answer key. You woke them up before sunrise to get in their daily mile—and now their cross country medals hang on their bedroom wall. You even ran to the store to buy circus peanuts and Fruit by the Foot so they could bake a eukaryotic cell cake for their science project.

You’ve seen firsthand how much work they’ve put in, and now you want to ensure that the college admissions committee sees it, too.

A great college admissions essay is the perfect opportunity for your student to stand out! Your hopeful college-bound student might feel anxious about this important part of their application, but we have some tips to help! Read more

Tips for a Great College Admissions Essay

How to Get Your Child to Try New Experiences: Strategies that Really Work!

Whether you stay up until midnight or fall asleep on the couch at 10:45 on New Year’s Eve, you’ll likely wake up on January 1st with some goals in mind. You might ponder how you can eat more healthily, spend more time outdoors, or read more books. In fact, you know that your whole family could benefit from shaking up their habits— including your kids.

While it’s certainly fun for them to come home from school, pop open a snack pack, and unwind with a video game, you’d like your child to add some healthier habits to their routine. Unfortunately, kids can be notoriously resistant to trying new things.

Don’t give up on helping your child gain new positive habits. Best in Class Education Centers has put together some suggestions to help guide your child to try new experiences in the new year. Read more

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My Child Was Referred for Gifted Testing—What’s Next?

Your child’s school has referred your child for gifted program testing, and you’d like to know what to expect and how to prepare your child for this important testing that may impact their educational opportunities. While you want your child to do their best, you also want to offer support without pressure.

Read on to learn more about gifted programs, testing, and the steps you can take to help your child prepare for testing and possibly enter your district’s gifted program. Read more

My Child was Referred for Gifted Testing- What’s Next

How to Create an Effective Reward System at Home

Does your child express groans and moans anytime you ask them to begin their homework? Do you wonder if there’s a better way to get your child to do chores than the constant verbal reminders that leave you frustrated?

Many teachers use reward systems in their classroom communities to shape prosocial learning behaviors and peer interactions. With a few tips, you can set up a similar, effective reward system at home to encourage the completion of various tasks with more motivation, determination, and self-satisfaction. Read more

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Enrichment Education: Programs that Support All Learners

As the parent of a school-aged child, you want to guide your child’s education to support their future goals and pursuits. One of the supports you may or may not have considered is supplemental or enrichment education.

What is enrichment education or supplemental education?

Enrichment or supplemental education refers to tutoring programs for students who need to learn at a higher level than in a typical classroom or who need help to build more skills mastery for greater academic success. A good enrichment program gives those who need an additional challenge an outlet to stay engaged and interested in learning. For children who need more successful educational experiences, supplemental learning opportunities can help them find motivation by focusing on subject-specific areas at a comfortable pace. Read more

Enrichment Education: Programs that Support All Learners

7 Good Questions to Ask at Your Child's Next Parent-Teacher Conference

In many school districts, the first grading period has recently passed. With several weeks since the first day of school, classroom teachers have had the time to identify each student’s subject strengths, classroom behaviors, and areas for further academic development.

The early fall is a common time for teachers and schools to schedule parent conferences, but perhaps a recent parent-teacher conference invitation made you somewhat nervous. A hundred questions might be running through your mind.

*What if my child isn’t making good progress in reading or math? What if I hear my child isn’t submitting homework or bringing home assignments? What if my child’s behavior isn’t helping them gain the most from their subject lessons? * Read more

7 Good Questions to Ask at Your Child's Next Parent-Teacher Conference

5 Top Tips to Conquer Homework Battles

Your family, like many, probably has a busy schedule on many late afternoons that includes getting your child to extracurriculars before finally returning home to get dinner on the table. On those hectic days, you hope your child will heed your reminders to make good use of their time, getting their homework done before dance or ball practice.

As you clean the kitchen after dinner, you ask, “Did you get your homework done and packed away?”

You cross your fingers that your child will proudly unzip their backpack to show you their binder containing neatly completed assignments. But, instead, you hear a groan and a mutter: “I forgot to do it.” Read more

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Add Learning Fun with These Best Math Apps

You know your child needs extra practice with math, but getting them to do an extra worksheet with you isn’t a thought that excites either of you. We have good news! Getting in extra math time for skills practice is not as hard as you may think when you incorporate technology that’s at your fingertips. Best in Class Education has put together a list of the best math apps to make working on this subject easier for both of you. Read more

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