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Full Circle

One of my earliest memories is of my maternal grandmother. She would write in her notepad, and I would weave in and out of completing logic puzzles and running around the yard. At the time I thought of the activity as a game -- “answer these questions about shapes and order, then go run around the flowers” -- in which each activity was a reward for the other. I did not realize at the time that… Read more »

Rising Above the Achievement Trap

Any hard-working entrepreneur will agree that the road to success is paved by failure. But for many students, one success after another paves a way as far away from failure as possible. This Atlantic piece, written by a mother who is also a teacher, dives into a common trap where children value achievement more than learning. They have “sacrificed (their) natural curiosity and love of learning at… Read more »

How to Master a Subject

At Self Development Academy, we talk a lot about our students cultivating a love for knowledge and becoming lifelong learners. As parents, that’s a noble cause we can all get behind, but our paths to get to this parental objective are varied and diverse. Were you educated in a public, private, or charter school? Beyond the institutions of education, do you enjoy learning about subjects that are new… Read more »

The importance of reading to your infant

For many fortunate adults, childhood books have been threaded into the fiber of their earliest memories. As young children, a love for books develops before they can read or even recognize a letter. Beautiful illustrations, harrowing tales, silly characters, and gallant heroes should make their first appearances long before little eyes and ears can fully comprehend. The benefits of reading to infants… Read more »

Becoming a good reader

Do you get it? How to be a good reader Becoming a good reader is more than mastering the big words. Whether your student is just starting to recognize letters or has been burying her nose in a book for years, we have an opportunity to develop strong readers in our students and in ourselves, and that might look differently than you expect. In short, being a good reader is being functionally literate,… Read more »

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