Read to succeed… and your kids will, too!

basketsDid you know that 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare? Or, that over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level?

It may be hard to believe, but 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. And as of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous one.

Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who …

Academic Enrichment Opportunities: How to spark a passion for a new subject in your child!

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Stephanie Wilson, 2006 NASA Discovery Crew

Did you know…

  • Stephanie Wilson of the 2006 NASA Discovery Crew developed an interest in space travel at age 13?
  • Renowned surgeon Dr. Ben Carson dreamed of becoming a doctor before he entered the 5th grade?
  • Condoleezza Rice was a piano prodigy who credits the long hours of practice and pursuit of perfection with her later success?

What do all three have in common? Academic Enrichment. The opportunity for students to learn more – about nature, space, art, music, or any other topic – can light a spark that may change the course …

How does teaching style impact your student’s learning experience?

Cute little boy with bookNow that the school year has wrapped up, it’s a good time to reflect on the hits — and misses — of the year. Did your child abhor subjects he previous loved? Sometimes, subject matter isn’t the only factor in such a situation. What really might be happening is disconnect in teaching and learning styles.

It makes sense that if an instructor’s teaching style matches a child’s learning style, the student will learn better, retain more, be more enthused, and perform at a level that is satisfactory or greater.

And, just as there are multiple learning styles, there are also …

A free Delaware library card is your child’s key to success!

Delaware Library cardsA new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out!

This summer, you can get your kids excited about reading, no matter what their age, at your local branch of the Delaware Public Library system! To find a library near you, CLICK HERE.

Don’t have a Delaware library card, yet? If not, here’s how to get your free card:

All Delaware residents are eligible for a free library card. Complete a registration form …

$2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition!

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Each year, nearly 38,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship …