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Highly Effective Kindergartner

Summer break. Finally. Kindergarten was hard. Not for reasons that I expected. We were prepared for navigating the frustrations that go with learning to read and write, we handled the transition to a school schedule, and grew into this routine. It wasn’t that. So many school shootings it hard to even keep up. Watching as […]

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Confession: I’m a Cafeteria Catholic Sending My Kids To Catholic School

I’m not a fan of the term Cafeteria Catholic, but that’s who I am. There are a lot of us, too! If you’re not familiar with the term, we’re Catholics who take what they like in the Catholic doctrine and leave the stuff they can’t stomach for someone else’s plate. For me, my belief in God, a higher power, something that is bigger than […]

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Kindergarten Roundup

Giddyup! It’s Time for Kindergarten Roundup!

If you’ve listened closely throughout March, you may have heard the slight whimpering of moms mixed with the nervous excitement of kids. And no, I’m not talking about everyone’s feelings about spring break. I’m talking about something exclusive to the four- and five-year-olds and their moms. Yes, it’s time for Kindergarten Roundup! Now, I’ve been […]

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What About Calculus? Why We’re Unschooling

Now, before I begin, I’d like it noted that the following opinions are not an indictment of public, private, or otherwise more traditional schools. Both my parents are educators – my dad was even the superintendent of schools where I grew up. My husband and I met during teacher training. I taught third grade in […]

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Parents as Teachers

I {heart} Parents as Teachers

As a mom, I’m always looking for opportunities to help my daughter grow and learn. When I was still pregnant with Madeline, I read article upon article about the various ways to help nurture development and a love of learning in our soon-to-be daughter. All of my reading led me to discover the local Parents […]

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Living with an IEP

October 2014.  This was when my son was officially diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD. That diagnosis was devastating for me. I couldn’t believe my sweet baby had so much turmoil swirling around in his brain, that at age 5, we had him in therapy and on medication so he could make it through a day […]

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What Happens When Mom Goes To College

When I was in early high school, somewhere around 13 years ago, there was a saying going around. A saying, it seemed, everybody thought was over-the-moon hilarious, but I never really got it. The saying was, “your mom goes to college.” That’s it. No lead in, no joke, just a punch line without an explanation. […]

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Kindergarten is Hard … on Me

Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s a major change that is bound to cause some tears and frustration. And yeah, I guess it’s also hard for the […]

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The Compassion Experience

This free family event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in Guatemala and Uganda. Experience another world without leaving yours in over 2,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Presented by Compassion International.

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A Note from Your Child’s Teacher

5…4…3…2…1…Happy new (school) year!  Seeing the new boxes of crayons and glue sticks in the stores is my cue to start making my new (school) year’s resolutions. It is also the cue that starts my nerves working overtime. I’ve been teaching for 17 years, and I still spend a good part of July in nervous […]

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Preparing for the Upcoming School Year

Summer is winding down, and the stores are full of crayons, glue sticks, and pencils. My second grader is grabbing the school list and checking it twice. My preschoolers can’t read a calendar, but they feel something in the air (other than intense humidity). A little anxiety might be starting for students and moms, so […]

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Private School Guilt

Private School Guilt

Any time someone asks me where our soon-to-be kindergartner will be going to school next year, I cringe and try to change the subject. As a product of public schools, a public school teacher, and someone who believes vehemently in social justice and closing the achievement gap, I struggle to explain to people why we […]

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