Student of the Month – Baxter Chapman

What’s going on with your grades, Baxter? Nothing.  I’ve got it under control. This familiar conversation started during this last school year—Baxter Chapman’s freshman year of high school. I mean, high school is traditionally a pretty tough transition.  Lockers, hallways, questionable cafeteria food, people breathing down your neck about college, homecoming dances—it can add up …

Elizabeth Jayne Liu – Speak Up!

Picture this: Elizabeth Jayne Liu, five years old, South Korean, and brand-new to the United States.  She didn’t speak a lick of English. Cue Elizabeth setting foot in a kindergarten class, surrounded by an alien language. Being five years old is hard enough, honestly.  Learning to read, trying not to get sand in your shorts …

Memorize SAT Vocab With 4 Fun, Foolproof Steps

If you hear the word “vocab,” what do you think of? Personally, I remember hours of memorizing words on flashcards. Or spelling tests in middle school. Or Spanish class, when I desperately tried to make up songs to remember the differences between conducir, encontrar, and comprar. Or snooty people at dinner parties with bigger vocabularies …

What is the SAT, and Why Should I Care?

What does the average high school student get on their SATs?  Drool. The SAT has a reputation for being a teenager’s worst nightmare.  Your child moans and groans at even the slightest mention of the test, and you roll your eyes in response.  You probably remember taking the test yourself when you were in high …

Jenny Schoberl – Ellen Show…And Tell

Jenny Schoberl’s son Holden is almost seven years old, and so totally knows that his mom is a famous blogger. In fact, he’ll even brag sometimes that he’s more famous than she is—considering that her blog is called “Holdin’ Holden.”  The spotlight suits him pretty well. But sometimes…it goes just a touch too far. One year, …