Creative ways to get your 2nd-5th grader to focus on homework and learn
GreatSchools parents share their stories about the unique, sometimes unexpected ways they boost their children's learning.
The great homework debate
Parents and educators disagree about the right amount of homework for elementary school students — and even whether it should be assigned at all.
Homework battles | Through a child's eyes
Does your child ever struggle with homework? Many do. And there’s actually a lot you can do to help. Start by watching this video with your child.
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.
Your 2nd grader's writing under Common Core Standards
Your second grader’s vocabulary and word sense are blossoming – and just in time, as writing projects this year require more detail and nuance.
"But Mom, I hate to read!": Tips for reluctant readers
Show your reluctant reader that books can help him do the things he loves.
Your 1st grader's writing under Common Core Standards
From high-frequency words to full paragraphs with introductions, details, and conclusions, first graders learn how to organize and present their thoughts in writing.
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 balance your checkbook, buy shoes, measure distance or check the time, you're using math. Use these tips to help get your child excited about math.
Expert tip #2: "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, advises 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.