Back to school is just around the corner! Top tips to set kids up for a successful school year

Tips to set your child up for the most successful school year ever!Begin as you mean to go on. Good advice for life. Great advice for the start of school.

And, although our children would like to believe otherwise, another school year is just around the corner!

Setting a positive tone for a successful school year is essential. So, we’ve collected the best tips to alleviate anxiety as the big day draws near:

Nice to meet you. Most “Meet the Teacher Nights” take place in early August. And, this is the one event you must not miss. For younger children, especially, meeting the teacher in advance of the first day of school …

Nelson Mandela International Day is July 18. Making the world a better place!

Nelson Mandela International DayMandela Day is an annual, global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a man who transformed his life, served his country, and freed his people.

And, this July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.”

Mandela followed three rules throughout his life: Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day.

At Back to Basics, we bbelieve that everyone has …

The time to prepare for the fall SAT is… NOW!

How to register for the SATThe SAT Test is a suite of tools designed to assess academic readiness for college. The exam provides a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that’s fair to all students. The SAT test keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

The test is offered seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only; SAT only), May and June.

Now, you can register online for this fall’s SAT Tests:

  • Test Date:  Saturday, 

How to unleash your child’s creativity this summer

How to unleash your child's creativityPiles of math worksheets. Mountains of required reading. Memorizing the entire periodic table, the various Kings of England, and conjugations of the Spanish verb “to be?” It’s no wonder kids are exhausted by the end of the school year! But, smart parents know that kids can’t simply “take off” from learning all summer long.

In fact, summer is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn something new. Long, uninterrupted blocks of pressure-free time create an ideal atmosphere, absent of the rote memorization and test anxiety that are all too common during the school year. And, parents can use these free …

Is my child gifted? What parents need to know:

Is my child gifted? Here's what parents need to know!According to the National Association for Gifted Children, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” And, gifted children will exhibit many, if not most, of the following characteristics:

  • Unusual alertness, even in infancy
  • Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly
  • Excellent memory
  • Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age
  • Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas
  • Enjoys solving problems, especially with