Great Gifts for Teachers (When You Don’t Have Time to be Crafty)

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I love making crafts and think they make lovely presents and gifts… but truth be told, there’s plenty of crafty things to make during the holidays and I usually realize I need to get gifts for the teachers the Wednesday before school is out for the winter break. Consider this your reminder (and mine) that […]

How to Handle a “Poor” Report Card

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By Steve Green, Executive Director Sylvan Learning of Richmond It’s that time of the school year again – report card time.  While many students will come home with good grades, others would rather stuff their report cards deep into their backpacks than show them to their parents.  As parents, you want your child to do […]

Dedicated Dad

Dedicated Dad (Elementary) is an interactive experience for dads and their elementary school-aged kid(s), including good conversation, and free pizza dinner from Martin’s. Register at

How to Talk to Your Child About Their School Day and Get More than “Fine”

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  By Dr. Elizabeth M. Vantre   You learned through a parent volunteer that not only did your child’s class get a visit from the ice cream truck for good behavior, but your child got the only A+ on the science test.  Why is it then when your child gets off the bus, you excitedly […]

Back to School Survival Guide for Students

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By Steve Green, Executive Director Sylvan Learning of Richmond For many students, the first day of school doesn’t only bring new teachers and new friends – it can also be a source of anxiety with homework assignments and tests just around the corner. Starting the school year off on the right foot can help minimize […]

Bye Bye Elementary School!


“Wow! That just actually happened,” I thought as I watched my daughter Dahlia (my youngest) walk across the stage at the fifth grade graduation ceremony at her school. I tried not to cry. That’s it, I thought. Elementary school is officially over for us! It’s mind-boggling when I think about her journey. I still remember […]

New Language Immersion Summer Camp in Richmond

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Summer camps are definitely full of fun, but CommuniKids Camp in Richmond, VA is sending kids home better able to connect with the world around them. While at Spanish Immersion Summer Fun Camp at Heartwood Grove School, kids will have the chance to experience traditional summer camp fun like outdoor play, music, drama, arts and […]

Get $50 Free for College through May 29


Parents, many of you have been meaning to start college savings accounts for your kids, right? Here’s your chance to check that off your long to-do list and get a bonus in the process. Now through May 29, Virginia529 College Savings Plan will add $50 to new accounts opened with at least $100. You also […]

Homeschooling FAQS: Your Questions Answered

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By Jeanne Faulconer Q. Is homeschooling legal? A. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the U.S., and homeschooling laws are unique in each state. VaHomeschoolers explains Virginia’s legal requirements for homeschooling. Q. Are there families like ours homeschooling? Sure, homeschooling is not for everyone, but it is for anyone. There are all kinds […]

Kindergarten Registration is April 10th!

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“I like Kindergarten because it’s fun and we learn a lot of stuff,” said 5-year-old Mary Alex Seaborn, who enjoys going to school to be with her friends in Henrico County. Seaborn is one of more than 12,000 children who are in kindergarten this year in the Richmond region. Her mother, Dianne Seaborn, registered her […]