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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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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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