Category: Education

Teacher Appreciation Week: Fun Ways to Celebrate Virtually

Teacher Appreciation Week: Fun Ways to Celebrate Virtually
While many students have been learning remotely from home, teachers are still playing a critical role in educating their students. My daughter has a full schedule of Zoom sessions with her teacher three days a week and recorded lessons on YouTube for the other two days. Her teacher is constantly uploading and grading assignments, offering... Read more »

Do What's Best for Your Family During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Do What's Best for Your Family During the Coronavirus Quarantine
Many of us are preparing for another (or first for some) week of working remotely, not working at all and/or homeschooling our children while schools are closed as a result of COVID-19. Last week was pretty rough in our household, not because teaching our child is outside the normal, but because this situation itself is... Read more »

Schooling From Home Tips for Parents to Keep Class in Session

Schooling From Home Tips for Parents to Keep Class in Session
Today was the first of many days of schooling and working from home in our household due to state mandated school closures as a result of COVID-19. This is now the reality for many families across the country, as we await the end of this global pandemic. Many schools are sending classwork home  to ensure that students... Read more »
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5 Back to School Tips From my 3rd Grader

5 Back to School Tips From my 3rd Grader
Labor day weekend is here, which means two things. One, the summer is officially over, and two, school is starting back for pretty much everyone who hasn’t started already. Our household just wrapped week two of the school year at a new school, and my third grader has a few back to school tips to... Read more »

9 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning Experience in 2019

9 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning Experience in 2019
We are in the final day of 2018, and halfway through winter break for most school-aged children. My daughter enjoyed her first week of break celebrating the holiday with family and her new gifts. This week will be all about learning to keep her brain flowing as we prepare for school next week. We are... Read more »

Memes Aside, Kindergarten Graduation is a Big Deal

Memes Aside, Kindergarten Graduation is a Big Deal
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of meme’s floating around about how parents do way too much for Kindergarten graduations. I’m sure this has been a running joke for many years, however this year it caught my attention, for an obvious reason. My baby will be graduating from Kindergarten in a few weeks, and it’s definitely... Read more »
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The "5 before September 1st" rule is stressing me out

The "5 before September 1st" rule is stressing me out
Go-2-baby is almost four this year, which means it’s definitely time for school. I’ve visited preschools in hopes that I’ll find one that can guarantee her a slot in Kindergarten for next year. This might sound crazy, but I’ve been stressing over this since  she was born. Illinois, like many other states require children to... Read more »

Why I'm starting to rethink preschool

Why I'm starting to rethink preschool
I’m one of those parents who started researching preschool options before my child was born. I’ve read up on and researched several schools in the Chicagoland area,  most of which make the same promises and appear to have similar benefits. A few of the schools that stood out are not necessarily ones I can afford... Read more »

How much is too much tech for a toddler?

How much is too much tech for a toddler?
When I was growing up, our typical day consisted of playing pretend with toys playing some sort of game or watching television. we occasionally went outside, but that was pretty much it. If I go even further back to my toddler years, I have no idea what I did for fun or how I passed... Read more »
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The tiger formerly known as Mr. Rogers, Care Bears and more blasts from the past

The tiger formerly known as Mr. Rogers, Care Bears and more blasts from the past
As a child, I remember sitting in front of the television each day to tune in to an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The ever-so-friendly guy with the monotone voice and closet full of sweaters captivated my attention with his daily routine. He started each show with the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” song while... Read more »