Posts tagged "School"

10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer

10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer
I’ll admit it: I’m the queen of volunteering for things I would rather avoid, including field trips. This morning when all normal stay-at-home parents kiss their children good-bye, close the door and go back to bed, I grabbed an armload of mostly unnecessary items (umbrella, purse-sized first aid kit, 2 water-bottles,  bag of grapes, granola bars,... Read more »

Growing Up: I love apples, so I will become a teacher.

Growing Up: I love apples, so I will become a teacher.
Over the years I have wrestled with one main question: What do I want to be when I grow-up?  Yes, even though I am a grown-up by chronological standards, I am still eager to learn.  I am eager to become a professional something and be proud of what I do to make money.  I am... Read more »

Pi Day: 3 Ways to Celebrate 3.14

Pi Day: 3 Ways to Celebrate 3.14
March 14 (3.14) is Pi Day! My middle son’s fascination with pi started in third grade. A quick springtime conversation at recess with one of his friends, and my son conceived his first own personal goal: to memorize the first 25 post-decimal digits of pi by the end of the school year. I’m really not... Read more »
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Mutant Lice Attack! Will Your Child Bring Them to Thanksgiving Dinner?

Mutant Lice Attack!  Will Your Child Bring Them to Thanksgiving Dinner?
I can’t stop itching. And scratching. And walking around acting like a dog with fleas. It all started the second week of school with a note on attention-worthy pastel colored paper haphazardly stuffed into my youngest child‘s backpack. Welcome back to school – Please check your kid’s head for bugs. A student in your child’s... Read more »

Heartwarming Story Alert: Awesome Kids, Awesome Teachers

Heartwarming Story Alert: Awesome Kids, Awesome Teachers
I love being inspired by others and find people who work with children and teens to be on my list of people I most admire. Some teachers really changed my life and the memory of what they taught me still sticks in my mind to this day. I have known Michelle Darcy for several years... Read more »

People Suck! and Other Lessons in Love that I Teach My Children

People Suck! and Other Lessons in Love that I Teach My Children
Friendship is so much easier when you are two.  The climb to popularity is easy.   The rules are simple:  Chew the toys and not your friends.  Don’t chew the toys until your friends are done playing with them.  Share your Goldfish crackers and Cheerios with everyone. Preschool and Kindergarten dynamics aren’t that much more complex. ... Read more »
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Struggling to catch my breath at the half-way point

There was no denying the fact that the school year was indeed half-way over as my boys clutched their crisp white envelopes in their hands, standing before me, nervous in their anticipation and craving my praise. It probably seems a little early to begin ruminating on the 2010-2011 school year; however, as a mother of... Read more »

I love fractions. Fractions are easy.

The mantra of a four eyed fourth grader.  Picture a little Elizabeth sitting in a classroom reciting, “I love fractions.  Fractions are easy.” I had a wonderful 4th grade teacher, I’ll call her “Mrs. Brown”, who was lovely and patient and would sit with me during recess practicing fractions.  As I sat at my tiny... Read more »

What's all the fuss about school pictures?

How important are school pictures?  To this parent, not so much.  What do I expect from my 4-year old, sitting on a hard stool under hot lights being asked to say “cheese”? I expect the hilarious, forced smile and almost painful look that we got from his 3-year old class picture.  No need to take... Read more »
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Let's Reminisce About the Simple Times...

There is nothing in this world quite like that naïve planning and preparation for the arrival of our first child.  During those months (sometimes years) of self-indulgence, we dream and plan our future children, their peaceful early years filled with laughter and slobbery kisses, their precocious elementary career, drama-less junior high years and rigorous college... Read more »