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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.

Online resources to get your child excited about reading
If you're still looking for a book that will spark your child's interest in reading this summer, check these resources.

Homework case study #4: Disorganization disorder
One middle-schooler struggles not with the academics but the assignment itself.

Homework confidential: What kids really think
Parents, teachers, and experts have plenty to say on the subject of homework, but what about the recipients of all those worksheets? GreatSchools went straight to the source and asked a handful of kids what they love, hate, and would change about their assignments. Surprisingly, more than one told us they don't mind homework -- as long as they're actually learning something and not deluged with hours of busywork. Read on to find out what separates the awesome from the awful.

Summer Activities

Bright Ideas from our Readers: Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer
Thanks to our readers who shared their thoughts on whether it's a parent's job to keep kids occupied during the summer. Here are a few of their comments and suggestions:

An Honest Day's Work: Summer Jobs for Youth
A summer job can be a great learning experience.

From Safaris to Spacewalks: Exotic (and Educational) Summer Programs
Want to fire up your child's curiosity about space, nature or college life this summer? If so, check out these unusual summer learning programs.

Camp and youth development outcomes
The camp experience offers children a chance to belong, learn, and contribute.

Academic Skills

How Can I Help My Second-Grader Work Independently?
How you can help at home: Try this game to help your child with basic addition and subtraction facts.

Your high schooler and social studies
High schoolers take their history lessons up to the present.

Your Kindergartner and Technology
Kindergartners use technology in the classroom in a range of subject areas.

How to praise older kids
The right (and wrong) way to cheer on your tween or teen.

Book Reviews

Science and nature books for middle-schoolers
Tired of the dry, academic tomes that purport to teach science? GreatSchools rounds out our grade-by-grade recommendations for science and nature books with this excellent, irrevent collection by artist Simon Basher, plus topical picks on the environment and global warming.

Countdown to Back to School: Summer Reading
Back to School: Don't let the summer brain drain get to your child. Take time this summer to read at the beach, the park and on the back porch.

Parent picks: What second- and third-graders are reading for the holidays
Whether it's reading about ever-exciting elementary school life or getting as far away from it as possible through elaborate fantasy worlds, there are a whole host of options for curious second- and third-graders this season. Here are some of the standouts.

Young adult lit grows up fast
Young adult fiction is going through a growth spurt. Find out how it is changing.

Local Facts & Resources

Testing in Massachusetts: An Overview
A GreatSchools guide to standardized tests

Testing in Colorado: An Overview
A GreatSchools guide to standardized tests

Testing in Georgia: An Overview
A GreatSchools guide to standardized tests

Testing in South Dakota: An Overview
A GreatSchools guide to standardized tests

Learning Activities

Snowman race
Help kids brush up on basic math with a deck of cards and a paper snowman in this fast-paced game.

Connect Food and Literature
Connecting food with literature is a delicious way to engage your fourth- and fifth-grader's language art skills.

Math's a beach
Learn math by playing catch.

Guess what?
These fun games are perfect for those long car rides.

Media Matters

DVDs that entertain and teach
Once upon a time, parents had to pour over the TV listings for something vaguely educational their kids could watch. Now the only problem is choosing from the dizzying array of shows available on DVD. We scoured a wide selection of programs that are both fun and edifying and found that some of the best offerings are still the classics.

Violence and Aggression: Media Mayhem Affects Kids
By the time kids enter middle school, they will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 more acts of violence on broadcast TV alone. And studies show it affects their behavior.

Get Computer Training in Dayton, Ohio
This is a list of computer training sites with information provided by the United Way's HelpLink.

In defense of video games
Chances are your child is already engaged with games like Mario Cart or Tomb Raider -- if not in your living room then at a friend's house. Learn how to make video games work for you.

Travel

Bus and Train Travel With Kids
Following these tips can make a long bus or train ride a fun experience with kids.

Travel Light: Tips on Packing and Gear
From toiletries to tennis shoes, a packing list for the prepared camper.

Bargain Travel for Families
Looking for ways to go on a family vacation that won't break the bank? We've gathered tips to help you get more for your vacation buck.

Be a Travel Agent
How you can help at home: Have your child plan a real or virtual trip.

Extracurricular Activities

How My AD/HD Son Became a Splashing Success
Different strokes for different folks is the motto one mom adopted while helping her young son with AD/HD find his sport.

Highly enriched preschoolers: Should tykes take classes?
From singing to soccer, how to incorporate extracurricular activities into a preschool education.

Bright ideas: Evaluating after-school programs
Our readers share their experiences with after-school programs.

Seven questions to ask a summer camp
Mataucha, Chinqueka, Cedar, Caribou: Despite their kitschy names, or perhaps because of them, summer camps are a venerable tradition. They offer a taste of independence and plenty of opportunities to dive into experiences that help kids build social skills and self-esteem. But not all summer camps are created equal. Avoid a summer horror story with these questions for screening prospective camps.







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