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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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Summer Implementation Ideas for IXL Math (Part 2)

May 21, 2013 At Home
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Last week, we shared creative ideas for making summer math practice fun for kids. Today, we’ll offer a few more hints to make your IXL math initiative a breeze to manage! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning and implementing a summer learning initiative: 1. Have a clear mission, whether it’s reviewing past skills to solidify understanding, preventing summer learning loss, getting ahead for next school year, or a combination of these.

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Summer Implementation Ideas for IXL Math (Part 1)

May 14, 2013 At Home
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Are you looking for ways to make summer learning more fun with IXL? Here are some ideas to get you started! Math Olympics. Get those competitive juices flowing by challenging your mathletes to meet school, class, or individual goals over the summer. They’ll love to see how many medals and awards they can earn on IXL—but you can also throw in your own prizes!

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Real-World Math with IXL

May 9, 2013 At Home
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From the bank, to the grocery store, to your kitchen—and even the traveling that gets you from one to the other—math is everywhere! That’s why we include so many skills on IXL that show kids how math fits into everyday life. In fact, we offer over 100 skills on money alone! One of the first things younger students learn is how to identify and count coins. As they progress, they learn to make change, read price lists, calculate tax and tip, determine the better bargain, and much more.

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The Pros and Cons of Unschooling

May 7, 2013 At Home
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Most parents love to see their children engaged in intellectual activities that interest them, whether it’s reading a historical novel, creating a web page, learning about the physics of space travel, or something else entirely. But some parents take this to a whole new level by forgoing traditional schooling and instead letting their children choose what they learn. This approach is often referred to as “unschooling.” What is unschooling? Unschooling is similar to home schooling in that children learn at home but, rather than being taught by their parents, they essentially teach themselves. There are no subjects, no set curriculum, and children set their own learning goals, which they pursue of their own accord.

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Should Siblings Attend the Same School?

April 30, 2013 At Home
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Much of our adolescence is devoted to discovering and establishing our individual identities. The process is difficult enough on its own, but when it involves siblings who are close in age, things can get even more complicated. At home, parents can monitor their children’s development and encourage or intervene as necessary. School, however, presents an added challenge to establishing a unique identity. For example, teachers of older siblings might have preconceived notions—whether overly positive or negative—about younger siblings. This can influence how other students view the younger child, and even create a sense of rivalry between the two siblings.

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Going Paperless with IXL

April 25, 2013 At Home
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Did you know that paper and paperboard products make up the largest portion of trash in the United States? In honor of Earth Day this week (and because of the many other benefits!) we’re celebrating the paperless capabilities of IXL! Paperless Practice With IXL, there’s no need for students to lug around a heavy text book or a worksheet folder that could risk getting forgotten or lost; IXL is accessible anytime, from anywhere students have an internet-enabled computer or device.

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Staying Motivated After Spring Break

April 4, 2013 At Home
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As fun as spring break can be for both teachers and students, it can be difficult to readjust after a week or more of vacation, and especially with just a few weeks of school left to go. Students are often distracted by the thought of summer vacation, and even teachers can find themselves losing steam near the end. Here are a few resources to help you and your students stay motivated and finish off the school year strong.

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