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7 Tips for Making the Most of a School Tour

It’s a Google age, and we’re trained to gather our information quickly and digitally. In seconds on your smartphone, you can find out what restaurants are nearby, make a reservation and map out a route. You can shop, uncover trivia, follow breaking news, watch videos and more. But when it comes to finding a school […]

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Building Your Child’s Confidence Through Reading

Sponsored By: Academy at the LakesWords by Mrs. Debbie Szarko, Lower Division Librarian, Academy at the Lakes Mrs. Debbie Szarko started working at Academy at the Lakes in 1994. She has built a library program in which children are excited about reading. She teaches her students about virtues such as empathy, compassion, and perseverance. The […]

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How to Dominate Florida’s Back-to-School Tax Holiday

Who remembers the old Staples back-to-school commercial with the dad joyously collecting supplies while his sullen progeny trudge along behind him as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background? It’s the perfect metaphor for the annual craziness that is back-to-school preparation. Planning for a new school year, anticipating challenges and adventures […]

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Tales from the Unschoolers: A Day in the Life of an Unschooling Family, Part 1: Morning

It’s ten o’clock in the morning on a Wednesday in the middle of January; a time when children are expected to be in school, sitting upright with pen and paper in hand, having knowledge crammed into their soft, pliable brains. My kids, on the other hand, are still in their PJ’s, laying on the couch […]

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Middle School:: A Parent Guide

I’m a newbie mom to the world of middle school. My daughter is in the sixth grade and my experience with middle school is limited. To preface this post, let me say that transitioning into the middle school years is very personal for each child and family. What works for one family, or even one child […]

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Put An End to Homework Battles

I was checking homework recently when a note on the corner of one of my students’ papers caught my eye.  Scrawled in uppercase letters were the words, I HATE HOMEWORK.  The sentiment did not come from a surly middle-schooler, but rather a quiet, unassuming first-grader.  My reactions ranged from shock, to amusement, to empathy.  Shock, […]

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