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Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

April 20, 2016

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Should the English Spelling System Be Revised to Help Kids Learn?

It’s no secret that English spelling is complex. What’s often forgotten is that it takes children a long time to master the skill, and let’s not kid ourselves: plenty of adults still grapple with it too (to? two?). In light of these reasons, some people are advocating for a reform of the system, whether through a complete overhaul or more targeted changes. So is there any weight to their (there? they’re?) argument?

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10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

April 5, 2016

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10 Poems in 10 Lines or Less for National Poetry Month

Poetry can be a tough sell to kids and adults alike. But it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the power and emotion conveyed in just a few lines of poetry, you’ll get kids thinking critically about all sorts of topics. Short poems are the perfect way to warm up a class or to get a dinner conversation going. Read on for 10 poems that pack a whole lot of meaning in 10 lines or less! 1. “Fog” by Carl Sandburg

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IXL Adds Over 200 Skills Across All Subjects!

New Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science Skills

March 14, 2016

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IXL Adds Over 200 Skills Across All Subjects!

We’ve got some exciting news for you! In our efforts to make IXL the most comprehensive and fun learning experience around, we’ve added over 200 new skills across all our subjects. Read on to find out more about our new skills and to see examples of brand new question types!

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Linking School and Home Learning with IXL

A Case Study of River Homelink School, Battle Ground Public Schools, Wash.

March 8, 2016

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Linking School and Home Learning with IXL

Quincy Vander Molen, a high school math teacher and department head at River Homelink School, needed a solution that would help her highly independent students build mastery and fluency at home—and help her monitor their progress. She turned to IXL to supplement her teaching.

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6 Great Reads about Inspiring Women for Kids of All Ages

A Reading Round-up for Women’s History Month & National Reading Month

March 1, 2016

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6 Great Reads about Inspiring Women for Kids of All Ages

Were you aware March is both Women’s History Month and National Reading Month? What a great opportunity to combine those two themes for some compelling reading about impressive women! We’ve rounded up a collection of fiction and non-fiction books, written by and about women, for students of all ages.

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Kids Tell Us What Happiness Means

February 16, 2016

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Kids Tell Us What Happiness Means

We’re told happiness is more than success and wealth. So, what does the pursuit of happiness actually entail? Since wisdom comes out of the mouths of babes, we asked the children of IXLers to answer the question “What does happiness mean to you?” We got some insightful, and humorous, responses—check out their sage advice below!

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Super Bowl Party Ideas Sure to Keep the Kids Entertained

February 3, 2016

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Super Bowl Party Ideas Sure to Keep the Kids Entertained

As you prepare for the festivities this weekend, it can be tough to think of ways to keep kids happy and entertained during the long game. Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos, or just want to watch the commercials, check out these activities to help everyone enjoy the party, kids included.

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Keep Students Learning with IXL

How to Plan for a Snow Day

January 26, 2016

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Keep Students Learning with IXL

Snowstorms are in full force, and so are snow days! While it’s important for everyone to stay safe and off the roads, the interruptions to the regular school schedule can make keeping on track with learning a little more challenging. Thankfully, IXL Training Specialist Bobbi Bear is here to the rescue with ideas for both teachers and parents on how to make the best of school closures!

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Introducing Language Arts for 1st Grade!

And, new math and language arts skills, and skill code changes

January 5, 2016

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Introducing Language Arts for 1st Grade!

We’re ringing in the new year with a new grade level – language arts for 1st grade! Plus, more language arts and math skills in other grades – keep reading to learn more.

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Over the River and Through the Woods: 5 Tips to Travel with Kids

December 21, 2015

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Over the River and Through the Woods: 5 Tips to Travel with Kids

Traveling can be stressful at the best of times, not to mention during the frenetic holiday season. But never fear—with a bit of preparation and a positive attitude, you can enjoy the trip to Grandma’s house as a little extra time to spend with the family. Just remember, above all else, to be flexible and make the best of any unexpected detours or delays. Check out some more travel tips below!

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