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6 Parent Blogs to Watch

October 29, 2013 At Home
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Blogs have become one of the most powerful ways for parents to share and connect with one another online. Whether you’re looking for information, entertainment, or a little bit of both, here are some of our favorite parent blogs to follow. 1. Most likely to inspire you: Enjoying the Small Things – With a knack for writing and an eye for photography, Kelle Hampton blogs about loving and living with five kids in Naples, FL. She writes with honesty and optimism on everything from DIY holiday crafts to raising a daughter with special needs.

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5 Tricks to a Safe and Spooky Halloween

October 8, 2013 At Home
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Parents, don’t let Halloween sneak up on you…Avoid the last-minute costume panic and start planning ahead now with these helpful resources! 1. It’s All About the Outfit – What is Halloween all about, if not finding the perfect costume? Spoonful.com offers a wide selection of costumes ideas for girls and boy, from silly to spooky. 2. To Wear or Not to Wear? – It’s safe to say that many of the costumes marketed to young women today aren’t exactly parent-approved. Are they cause for concern, or something to simply put up with for one night a year? This article from Huffington Post explores both sides of the issue. 3. Skip the Sugar Rush – Do your kids bring Halloween candy home by the pillowcase? Avoid the negative effects of too much sugar with these smart tips.

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IXL Math Graduates to High School

October 3, 2013 At Home
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You’re probably familiar with our elementary and middle school math content, but did you know IXL is taking on high school? Students who practice Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 skills on IXL will encounter not only more complex subject matter but also more sophisticated problem types to keep them challenged and engaged in learning.

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5 Festive Activities for Fall

September 24, 2013 At Home
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Can you smell the freshly-baked pumpkin bread? Fall is officially here! Share the wonders of this magical season with your students or children. Here are some ideas to get you started: 1. Discover the science behind fall foliage – The warm colors of autumn never fail to delight us, but why do they occur? This science lesson explains how and why leaves change color in the fall and includes four fun activities for students to complete, including a plant-themed word scramble and an experiment that separates colors in a leaf using chromatography.

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Language Arts Resources for Parents

September 10, 2013 At Home
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It’s no secret that good communication and comprehension skills—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—are essential for students’ success in school and in life. That’s why we’ve put together a list of resources to help you support your child’s development in language arts, from things to avoid when working with a young reader to tips for guiding your teen through a writing assignment. 1. Encourage emerging readers.

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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

August 29, 2013 At Home
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Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s also commonly viewed as the end of summer vacation and a time to get together with friends and family. With these five fun resources, you can celebrate Labor Day inside and outside of the classroom: 1. History of Labor Day.

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Introducing IXL Language Arts

August 27, 2013 At Home
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What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? Short! Who says grammar and vocabulary can’t be fun? IXL brings language arts to life next month! IXL Language Arts will offer over 30 topics for grades 2-4—with more skills and grades to come. We’re also pleased to present creative new question types, including ordering items through drag-and-drop and interactive editing exercises.

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Summer Boredom Busters

July 11, 2013 At Home
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Do the words “I’m bored” sound way too familiar? After the initial excitement of school-free days wears off, kids can start to get a little antsy. And as great as virtual games and apps can be, once in a while, you need a hands-on activity to shake things up! 1. For younger kids: Sometimes, the simplest activities are the best—and can keep kids entertained for hours! Get inspired with this super-easy project that repurposes a cheap pool noodle into a cool marble racetrack. 2. For older kids: What could be more fun than a real-world treasure hunt? In geocaching, players use GPS to help them locate hidden containers in their neighborhood—and all over the world. Caches can be found near a city street, at the end of a hike, or even underwater!

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2012-2013 School Year in Review

July 9, 2013 At Home
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Congratulations on finishing another school year! We hope it was a good one, full of learning, growth, and recognition for your hard work—whether you’re a parent, teacher, administrator, or student. In this spirit of recognition, we wanted to share some cool milestones you helped us reach over the past nine months:
-3.3 million new student accounts were created
-3.7 million students logged in and practiced on IXL
-47.2 million IXL skills were mastered
-18.9 million hours of practice were completed by signed-in users
-3 billion problems were answered by signed-in users

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New Geometry Skills on IXL

June 20, 2013 At Home
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Why did the student divide sin by tan? Just cos! Now every geometry student on IXL can take on trigonometric ratios and functions with our eight new trigonometry skills! From basic trigonometric ratios, to inverses of trigonometric functions, to solving right triangles, these skills are sure to keep older students on their toes.

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