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Best Books for Elementary School Readers: Kindergarten to Second Grade

The festive season approaches and, as you plan gifts for your kids, be sure to include a number of books that they will enjoy. Instilling a love for reading is one of the best gifts you can give to your children. Start by being a good example and reading books yourself, read to your children no matter their age and buy books that they will enjoy. For reluctant readers, try anime and manga or comic books to start or get a subscription to a magazine for the sports or hobbies that they love. Here is a list of the best books for children in elementary school to help you stuff those stockings.

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Can Music Enhance Brain Functioning?

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” –Ludwig van Beethoven

The “Mozart effect” was born in 1993 when a study by Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher found that just ten minutes of listening to Mozart can enhance your spatial-temporal intelligence. In the same year, a study by Lamb and Gregory of the University of Manchester found that beginner readers who had been exposed to more music were better at learning to read.

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Best Reading List for Fifth and Sixth Graders

Whether your child is an avid or reluctant reader, getting them to read fir pleasure is a great way to help them improve their reading and comprehension skills and knock those communication skills right out of the park. One of the best ways to get them hooked on reading is to find books that intrigue them. Here is a list of the some really great books to try online, from your library on from your local book store.

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Best Gifts for Wonderful Teachers

Festive gifts show your teacher a little love for all that they have done for your kids this year. Teachers often go above and beyond the call of duty to guide and educate your children and it makes their efforts worth it when parents and students express their appreciation. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; just a little thoughtfulness and care is all you need to give a gift that makes your teacher feel special. Whatever you decide to get for your favorite teachers, make sure it’s personal.

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7 Things about Internet Safety Every Parent Should Know

The internet can be a powerful resources for students with access to videos, worksheets, research materials and test papers. They can use the internet to advance their studies, socialize with friends and play games. However, the internet is also fraught with dangers and parents should be cognizant of its inherent pitfalls in order to protect their children from online bullying and predators.

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Dealing with Competitive Parents

From tiger moms to competitive sports dads, parents can sometimes put undue pressure on their children and on teachers. They can also make other parents feel judged and inadequate. When this happens, the community and support system that is essential to raising healthy, happy children is eroded. Understanding what motivates competitive parents and learning how to deal with them can help to establish a supportive and caring infrastructure that creates the perfect environment for students to learn and grow.

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