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  • Families Can Find the Key to a Great School Year at Their Local Library

    Families Can Find the Key to a Great School Year at Their Local Library1

    By Kristin Guay Public libraries sport a wealth of resources for public, private, or home-schooled students of all ages, as well as those simply seeking enrichment activities to their regular academic program. The key is finding what your local library offers and taking advantage of the services. Yes, libraries offer books, but they also provide

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  • Autism and Education: What Can You Expect From Your Town’s School System?

    Autism and Education: What Can You Expect From Your Town’s School System?1

    By Jeffrey R. Robinson, Ph.D. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts law require school districts to provide each child with a disability a free, appropriate, and public education. In addition, in July 2006 An Act To Address the Special Education Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders took effect. This law required

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  • How to Turn Around a Tough School Year

    How to Turn Around a Tough School Year2

    By Katherine Firestone Sometimes the start of the school year just doesn’t go your child’s way. The new year is a great opportunity to turn that around! Here are four tips to make the rest of the year brighter at school. Find that motivation The first step is to make sure your child is motivated

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  • 4 Skills Students Need for High School Success

    4 Skills Students Need for High School Success1

    By Cary J. Green Transitioning from middle school to high school can be exciting and intimidating for students and their parents. Due to the increased academic rigor, most students quickly discover the need to work harder and smarter in high school than they did in middle school. Working harder means more hours of studying, and

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  • Parents, Lawmakers Push For Later Public School Start Times

    Parents, Lawmakers Push For Later Public School Start Times4

    By Doug Page Mary Hamaker, a Southborough mom, lawyer, and president of the Massachusetts chapter of Start School Later, wants a law preventing the Commonwealth’s public high schools from starting classes earlier than 8:30 a.m., saying it’s the remedy to a significant health issue. “The pillars of being healthy include eating right, exercising, and getting

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  • Sensory Play Provides Year-Round Fun and Creative Learning

    Sensory Play Provides Year-Round Fun and Creative Learning1

    By Jodi Healy Water play or water tables evoke thoughts of summer fun, but sensory tables can be used all year-round — outside or inside. Sensory tables enable exploration, discovery, and experimentation with all types of materials, such as earth and water. Children investigate, explore, and create. By pouring and feeling it, they learn how

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