Archive for November 2015

Yes, I made my gifted second grader do homework over Thanksgiving break

I sent my second grader back to school today after being home since last Tuesday afternoon. His Thanksgiving memories consist of turkey, dressing, lots of pumpkin pie, a visit from grandma and his second cousins, a trip to the Field Museum…and computer homework and piano practice. It’s true. I made him do unassigned homework over... Read more »

Gifted and talented article roundup November 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here is what I have been reading in the gifted and talented space during the month of November. “Best in the World? How the US is getting gifted education wrong” by Dylan Ferniany. This article compares gifted and talented testing and programs in the United States to those... Read more »

Giving thanks to my daughter's speech therapist and other strangers who bear gifts

Aside from getting ready for Thanksgiving, it’s a big week around here because my daughter is graduating from speech. After a year of weekly speech therapy sessions, she has met her goals and she now has expressive language and letter sounds that a three-year old should have. The transformation has been nothing short of amazing.... Read more »

"In the long run we are all dead" is not as depressing of a quote as it seems

This is a Blogapalooz submission for November. Each month the ChicagoNow bloggers are challenged with a topic and have exactly an hour to write and publish. Tonight’s topic is share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and write in detail about why it... Read more »

Why I am concerned that the "Word of the Year" is an emoji, not a word

I was incredibly disappointed to read that Oxford Dictionaries chose an emoji, not a word as their “Word of the Year”. This year the title goes to the “face with tears of joy” emoji. In a way, it’s not entirely Oxford Dictionaries’ fault. Each year with their selection they attempt the take the pulse of... Read more »

8 ways parenting has not changed since the days of "Little House on the Prairie"

Even though it was published almost a year ago, I am finally getting the chance to read “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and edited by Pamela Smith Hill. It is a thorough, incredibly well-researched work that reconciles the historical fiction of the “Little House” books and the real events of Laura’s... Read more »

Parent-teacher conferences have been replaced with parent-teacher-student conferences

Last night we gathered at my son’s school for that staple of elementary school life that is the parent-teacher conference. It was my son’s teacher, my husband, me, and the second grader himself. Yes, the student was there. A few weeks ago, both his classroom teacher and his gifted program teacher sent notes home requesting... Read more »

Mammogram callbacks like mine happen year round, not just in October

Unless you live in a cave, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can’t walk more than a couple of blocks or click more than twice without bumping into a pink ribbon. Even the shopping bag I got after buying my son new sneakers the other day was adorned with pretty pink... Read more »