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Hails from the Bronx, NY and the Head of Business Development. She studied International Relations and Economics at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and went abroad during her junior year to the Complutense University in Madrid. When she isn't eating or traveling, she loves kickboxing and playing squash.

Aug17

Commit, Take the Leap, and Learn with Smartick

Commit, Take the Leap, and Learn with Smartick

Commit to Learning Why is consistency such an important element in Smartick? To commit to something and hold ourselves accountable is part of the learning process. This rings true for all academic disciplines: math, sciences, humanities, and arts. Learning to play the piano requires practice, so does picking up a new language, and of course, […]

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Jul27

Boundless Learning with Limited Screen Time

Boundless Learning with Limited Screen Time

Uncharted Territory: Technology Landscape As technology weaves its way into the fibers of our society, we see the many benefits and pitfalls unravel in real time. Digital devices are becoming extensions of ourselves, an addition limb that has evolved over the years. As computers, phones, and tablets become more present, parents are finding themselves navigating […]

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Jul20

Igniting the Math Spark with Smartick

Igniting the Math Spark with Smartick

Math Gray Area We all have heard that some students are just good or bad at math. And they either love it or hate it. The in-between doesn’t seem to exist. Kelly, a teacher, and Smartick supporter found herself in an odd gray area which she describes on her blog Reviews by the Banks. She […]

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Jun29

The Right Choice among Endless Options

The Right Choice among Endless Options

Endless Responsibilities, Countless Choices Parents have a lot on their plate. From preparing children for school to helping with assignments, projects, crises, their list of responsibilities goes on. Nowadays, technology is meant to help families and make life easier. However, technological options have expanded. Options are no longer limited to just choosing the exact brand […]

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Jun27

Swimming Pools, Ice Cream, and Math?

Swimming Pools, Ice Cream, and Math?

Swimming pools, summer slide Summer means swimming pools, beaches, and copious amounts of ice cream. School’s out and many children have nearly two months of break. Kids are rejoicing as no school means no homework, and a whole lot of free time. This idle vacation (in terms of learning) results in a sour reality in […]

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Jun22

Math Curveballs and Home Runs

Math Curveballs and Home Runs

Curveballs Smartick mom and blogger Ashley initially planned to homeschool her three children. As we all know, life throws us curveballs and things change. Plans don’t play out accordingly. Instead, Ashley enrolled her children in their local school. Back to school didn’t mean “hands off” with their education. She wanted to stay involved in their […]

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Jun15

One Method for a Medley of Families

One Method for a Medley of Families

Smartick Method Diversity Smartick families consist of diverse families. As you already know from our previous posts, students hail from all over the world. However, apart from the physical distance that set many students apart, Smartick families differ in other ways as well! Some students use Smartick to help them fill the gaps they are […]

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Jun01

Smartick: More Than Math, the Road to Independence

Smartick: More Than Math, the Road to Independence

Getting Started Early Parents want the best for their children and are always looking to prepare them for the future. Starting early never hurts. In fact, this is what Monica, Oh Happy Us founder, had in mind when she tried Smartick for her daughter. Gracie is in Pre-K and, like many parents, Monica was actively […]

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May18

Overcoming Initial Challenges

Overcoming Initial Challenges

Many homeschooling families are keen to learn more about the new and innovative learning tools available that challenges their family. Particularly, homeschooling mom Laura was excited to try out Smartick which she describes on her blog. Although she works on a different math curriculum, she was happy to try out the method as she believed […]

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May11

Transitions and Playing Math Catch-Up

Transitions and Playing Math Catch-Up

Tough Transitions Moving can be stressful for both adults and children. Particularly, when students change schools, easy transitions are not always guaranteed. Lizzie discovered this to be true for her daughter Aubrie, which she explains in her blog. The biggest difference was the new school’s curriculum, which she found to be incredibly different from the […]

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May04

“Even Scottish Warrior Princesses Need to Practice Math”

“Even Scottish Warrior Princesses Need to Practice Math”

Scottish Warrior Princess vs. Math “Even Scottish warrior princesses need to practice math”, Smartick mom Debra states as she refers to her spunky 7-year old-daughter in her blog. Her daughter was always a good and well-rounded student. However, third grade proved to be a difficult transition, particularly when she started to struggle with math. When […]

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Apr27

“Mama, Can I Do Math Now?”

“Mama, Can I Do Math Now?”

Changing Attitudes and Mindsets When Cassidy’s daughter sets her mind on something, there’s no stopping her, even when it comes to doing math. This can be great when she decides to master a particular skill. However, Cassidy explains on her blog Freshly Planted, some challenges of this mentality, as it became nearly impossible to change her […]

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