Driving around, I see lawns plastered with campaign signs. It’s that time of year again: Local elections are just around the corner. While I cherish our ability to vote and choose our leadership, I dread the mudslinging and adult bullying that accompanies it. And some of the most contentious elections in my Wisconsin city involve our local school board.
If you live in my state, you are likely aware that our public school system has taken the political center stage — maybe that’s the case in your state too. Buzz words like Common Core, teacher accountability, standardized testing and performance criteria stir emotions, soothe souls and make blood boil.
And they distract us. (more…)
As a stay-at-home mom, I think it’s my responsibility to save our family as much money as I can — after all I’m not contributing much to my family’s income (let’s face it, my adjunct professor gig is practically a volunteer job). But, if you know me, I’m not all that frugal. I like nice things and sometimes splurge on them. But the cash I stash via making things I used to buy helps ease my buyer’s remorse. (more…)
I always knew this day would come; I just didn’t think it would come so soon. Gone are the days when my eldest son (who is one minute older than his twin brother) holds my hand while walking down the sidewalk or allows me to kiss him on the lips at bedtime. Now when my hand brushes against his in an invitation to grab on, he pulls away and gives me a “Really, Mom?” look. My night time kisses are greeted with a quick turn of the head so my lips bypass his and land on his cheek. He’s nine. (more…)
This is the third post in a 3-part series on early learning activities. See Part 1: Reading for three pre-reading activities and my thoughts on how to use these learning games. See Part 2: Math for two hands-on math activities great for kids ages 2-4.
This post is Part 2 of a 3-part series on fun, early learning activities you and your kiddo can do together at home. See [Part 1. Reading] for my philosophy on when and how to introduce these games and why I think it’s important (in moderation of course — just like chocolate). And Part 3: Handwriting suggests three creative ideas for early handwriting practice.
Here are two of our favorite math activities. (more…)