Beyond the Classroom: 5 Ways to Model Analytical Thinking for Your Middle-Schooler 

A parent’s modeling can create a foundation of critical thinking for children ages 9-15. Why do you need to start thinking about it now? Because of the elephant in the […] Read more »

5 Ways to Adopt a Growth Mindset for Your Child’s Learning

As parents, we are faced with the uncomfortable reality that our kids did not learn as much academically in the last year and a half as they would have if […] Read more »

Summer Fun that Prepares Students for Fall

Do you think your child has learned enough academically during the past year? If you’re unsure, you’re not alone. With plans to return to normalcy planned, what can we do […] Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: Take a Test to Help Your Child

When parents and guardians ask me what to do to help their kids handle the stresses of standardized tests, I tell them the first step is not to say a […] Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: Embrace Errors and Grow Your Brain 

Psychologists know that brain science teaches us about the most interesting elements of learning. Mistakes, for instance, will actually grow us in both conscious and unconscious ways. And as parents, we […] Read more »

No One Told Me There’d Be Math! 

Some  kids say, “I’m bad at math,” and some parents say it too. If you can manage your math anxiety, and do some modelling, you can help your child.   Model […] Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: It’s Time to Get Your Hands on Project-Based Learning 

When we see our children lagging behind learning standards, we react by lecturing and trying to complete skills checklists. The problem is that kind of deficit orientation pushes us further behind. Instead, […] Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: Making Math Fun

“I forgot my socks upstairs, I wonder how long it would take you to run upstairs, and get them” my dad inquired as I remained glued to the TV, watching […] Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: Living with — But Not Loving — Virtual Learning

As Covid-19 upends our work and our social lives, we come to accept that Virtual Learning is not going away any time soon. We are rapidly adapting our routines to […] Read more »

Rivertown Parents Address Childhood Anxiety and Depression 

Is your child’s change in behavior just a phase, or do you need to ask for help as mentioned on sites like And if you do, where do you turn?   […] Read more »