Evan Weiss, 14, Megan Weiss, 14, Sean Weiss, 15, Cameron Weiss, 14 and Ian Weiss, 12, in their backyard science lab in Fountain Valley on Thursday, December 1, 2016. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

Science binds Orange County family's experience

BY GREG MELLEN
Your child is never too young to be read to, says Linda Clinard, a literacy consultant and author of “Family Time Reading Fun.” Cuddle up with your baby and look at a book together. (Thinkstock)

20 simple ways to make your baby smarter

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 A walkway that leads to Middle College High School, part of Santa Ana Unified, is a small high school that is located on the campus of Santa Ana College. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A jump-start on college

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 Tilly's cofounder, Tilly Levine, holds a name tag she made and wore while working with Boys and Girls Club youth. Her nonprofit, Tilly's Life Center, helps youngsters learn self-esteem and empowerment. The Tilly's cofounder feels those traits helped her succeed in life, despite being homeless for a time. She does see herself in some of the teens whose lives she works to improve.

Tilly Levine is changing lives

BY JOELLE CASTEIX

Can I quit now, Mom?

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 More schools are holding active fundraisers instead of selling junk food.

Schools make money in a healthier way

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
 Gabryella Green, 4, reaches for a ball with questions written on it during a game to work the body and the mind at Talega KinderCare in San Clemente.

The word gap: Open-ended questions shown to build kids' vocabularies

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Students of The Open School pile into the school's van after playing at the park.

Skipping the classroom: ‘Unschooling’ and alternative schools have become popular options among some parents.

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Paint, cardboard and other materials are the stuff of Christian Cole's project at the Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana. The Irvine 5-year-old was taking part in a recent open “maker” session for home-schooled kids.

Looking for a summer brain stretch?

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Samueli Academy students in engineering class, Shalom Hernandez, from left, Brandon Ramos and Sara Villagrana, all 14, test the electric-powered cars they constructed.

Samueli Academy: Foster children find a home at this state-of-the-art campus

BY ROXANA KOPETMAN
A 2013 study in the Journal of Human Resources illuminated a finding about why boys are less likely to get good grades or take advanced classes, despite scoring as well as girls on most standardized tests.

Boys in the classroom: Why gender matters

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Kids involved in “The Lion King” work with theater pros through the Disney Musicals in Schools program.

O.C. schoolkids meet showbiz, thanks to Disney program

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER
Marianne Pitterle and her son Eric Pitterle out and about at St. John's Episcopal Church and School in Santa Margarita.

Investing in an education: Is private school worth the cost?

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER, CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Volunteer Celine Belotti, center, helps Ava Foote and Lucas Aga plant vegetables at Malcom Elementary School in Laguna Niguel.

More schools plant seeds of learning

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER

Peer Court gives kids a lesson in the law

BY KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER

Test run

'The future of testing isn't pencil and paper anymore': Debut of online California tests sparks issues for parents.
KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER

Is a Montessori education right for your child?

The value of self directed learning
KELLY ST. JOHN REGIER