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Good Parents Grow In Wisdom
      Challenge: Read a Book a Year about Learning, and Grow With Your Child
Learning and the Brain
      Neuroscience Is Taking Some of the Mystery Out of How We Read and Understand
The Value of Unstructured Time
      Adults Who Take Away 'Free Play' From Early Childhood Are Setting Kids Up For Problems
Stanford Opens Its Research Files
      Breakthrough May Help Stop a Paradox: It's Hard to Learn What's Going On in the Learning Business
Wise Use of 'Learning Styles'
      Getting Smarter About 'Multiple Intelligences'
Building Literacy in a Young Child
      A Crucial Parenting Task During the Preschool Years
Older Preschoolers: Five Tips to Grow a Good Reader
      Have Fun, But Be Intentional
The Preschool Key: Reading Aloud
      How to Do It, and Why: 30 Minutes a Day, and Your Child Will Be Set
Rhythm in Reading
      Feeling Silly When You Sing and Dance and Rhyme With Your Child? You Shouldn't. Those Are Great Pre-Reading Activities!
'Talking On the Go'
      Little Kids Need What Most Parents Do Best: Talk!
The Dangers of Baby TV
      Boob Tube, Plug-In Drug, Brain Candy: There's a Reason We Call It That
Environment Shapes Intelligence
      Companionship and Playthings: Two Brain-Builders
Older Preschoolers: On the Brink of Reading
      Don't Push Them -- But If They're Ready, Be Ready!
5 Traits of a Good Preschool
      Questions to Ask To Go Beyond the Cutesy Murals and Ample Off-Street Parking
Preschool Speech Problems
      Responding to Minor Speech Delays Vs. Intervening Before Learning Difficulties Arise
Proven Link Between Day Care and Bad Behavior
      All-Day, Structured Settings Yield Aggressiveness On Down the Road: Yikes!
The 'Cortisol Studies' -- Stress Hormones in Day-Care Kids
      Evidence of Stress Declines When Those Same Kids Are at Home: Hmmmm
What's Wrong With Starting School at 3 or 4?
      Ask Our Neighbors, the Canadians
Home: The Best Educational Starting Point
      That Is, If You Make Your Home a Learning-Friendly Home
Parental Anxiety Over Toddler Learning
      What's the Rush? Every Child's Different
Eight Great Preschool Activities to Do at Home
      Cheap, Fast, Easy, Fun, and No-Brainers That Pay Off Educationally For Itty Bitties
20 Questions for Kindergarten Readiness
      Print This Out and Check Things Off in That Last Preschool Year
Questions to Ask at Kindergarten Roundup
      Suggestion: Attend One Public and One Private Roundup to Get the Lay of the Land
Is All-Day Kindergarten Worth the Money?
      No, Except For Low-Income Kids and Those With Significant Social Problems
      Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric: We're To the Grammar Stage Now
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
      DAP Is No Good For First Grade On
Child-Centered Education
      Not As Good as Content-Centered Education
Fourth-Grade Slump
      Reading Woes Come to a Head Now
School-Based Day Care
      It Can Be Convenient, But Avoid 'School Sour' At All Costs
Sensible Policy on TV
      On One Extreme, Smash It With an Ax; On the Other, Let 'Em Watch Whatever, Whenever -- Or Set Your Approach Somewhere In Between
Sensible Policy on Video Games
      If We Are What We Eat, What Are Violent Video Games Putting Into Your Child's Heart and Soul?
Is My Child Working at Grade Level?
      Cross-Check Your Child's Status With This Excellent National Curriculum
Is My Child Reading at Grade Level?
      Here's a Measurement Scale That Can Help You Assess Comprehension Levels
      The Middle School Muddle
Do Minds Really Go Numb in Middle School?
      Nope. Another Ed School Myth Bites the Dust
What About K-6 and 7-12?
      School Organization: Many Ways Will Work
Helping Tweens Get 'The Big Mo'
      Motivation to Learn and Achieve Is Crucial As They Move Into Their Teens
Middle School Dropout Prevention
      Data-Driven Change Makes Sense, Pays Off
      Finally, You're Old Enough and Smart Enough to Voice Opinions and Back Them Up -- Woo Hoo!
The Carnegie Units
      The Common Core of High Schools
The 'Yale or Jail' Syndrome
      'College For All' Is a Ridiculous Notion
Making Sure High School Doesn't Waste Your Time
      A Focus on Scholarship, Leadership and Service
What's 'The Next Generation' Kindergarten?
      More Flexible, More Innovative, and More Parent-Driven
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