Posts tagged "Kindergarten"

What do they do in Kindergarten all day?

What do they do in Kindergarten all day?
I drop my girl off at 7:55 a.m. and return at 2:55 p.m. counting the minutes to see my baby’s face. “How was Kindergarten?” I unintentionally scream. “Good” she answered one day. “I want to go to Jackie’s house.” she said the next. “Can you get me a lunch ticket?” she pleaded another. Then silence... Read more »

I'm One of Those Crying Moms

I'm One of Those Crying Moms
Maybe I can blame it on the hormones, but somewhere between the miraculous birth of my son and present day; the tears don’t stop.  They aren’t sad, hurtful or crocodile tears; they are proud tears. At my 3 year old’s ballet recital the tears were expected.  After all, I cried when she put on her... Read more »

School is Ending; Time to Embrace Change

School is Ending; Time to Embrace Change
Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer.  We are safe to wear white and everyone’s Facebook updates are exploding with photos of picnics and sprinklers. My son, daughter and I finally seem to have fallen into a comfortable weekday rhythm and all of sudden it is ending.  Camp will bring an entirely new schedule... Read more »
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The Next Generations of Readers

The Next Generations of Readers
Is reading becoming phased out?  My six year old is learning  his sight words and can read basic sentences and very short stories, with help.  Last summer while playing a version of Banana Grams with Poppy, he proudly spelled a word B R B.  His Poppy told him that was not a word and he responded... Read more »

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago
I’m an avid supporter of Chicago Public Schools.  I find it absurd that families feel they have to move to the suburbs because the schools in the city are not good enough for their children’s education.  There are other city dwellers that send their children to private school and spend absorbent amounts of hard earned money... Read more »

Back To School: It's Really Happening

Back To School: It's Really Happening
I’ve been living in la la land savoring summer and ignoring all the Back to School phenomenon surrounding me.   Last night that all came to a screeching halt when I went to Kindergarten Orientation.  Suddenly my mind is swarming with packing lunches, filling out forms and scheduling. A fellow Chicago Now blog, Raising Hell or Raising Them listed... Read more »
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Is it Right or Wrong to Call Your Children Smart or Pretty?

Is it Right or Wrong to Call Your Children Smart or Pretty?
At the school Kindergarten meeting, the principal brought up an interesting point.  He advised the parents not to call their kids smart.  He claimed students won’t work as hard if they are always told they are smart. Reminding impressional young minds that they are intelligent can either a) boost confidence or b) create an overconfident, lazy child that doesn’t try... Read more »

Read To Your Kids During Summer

I am not a student and my son is only just “graduated” from Pre-K, but yesterday after his last day of school, I was singing “Schools Out for the Summer” and felt the sense of relief and freedom of a younger me. I love the warm, light evenings, no socks and carefree moments of the summer.  But, I know it... Read more »