Croll: Public Schooling Isn’t for Everyone; Consider Some Alternatives

We are fortunate here in Loudoun County to have one of the best school districts in the state (ranked #2 by Niche.com). If your child is thriving in public school—learning, socializing, enjoying the experience—you probably never considered an alternative education model. But if you have a child who isn’t doing well in public school, for whatever reason, you might consider one of the myriad unconventional education programs offered in our area.

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Croll: Beyond the Bell Curve, The Challenges of Raising Twice-Exceptional Children

Did you know a child could be both gifted and autistic? A percentage of children, some estimates are as high as 5-10 percent, have more than one exceptionality such as being intellectually advanced (gifted) plus having a physical, neurological, emotional, processing or developmental challenge. These “twice exceptional,” or 2e, children may score very high on intelligence tests while also having ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorders, autism or another learning disability.

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Croll: Have Fun with Your Kids Over Winter Break

For most of Loudoun’s students, winter break is in full swing. Our kids will be out of school a total of 18 days (or about 425 hours … not that anyone is counting). This is a long time to spend with our little cherubs, especially when we are also juggling out-of-town relatives, shopping for gifts, travel, cooking, baking, cleaning, wrapping, filling advents and overseeing an elf that flies around our house at night.

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