Hey parents! Any others in camp virtual learning?! When our district offered this choice, despite my husband and I knowing it was the absolute right decision for our family, the time prior, during, and after making the decision felt...
You probably know it is reading to your child is important. Did you know starting earlier is better? From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become...
Like many parents this fall, I find myself unexpectedly homeschooling three children. Gulp.  I have concerns.  One of these many concerns is my kids’ lack of exposure to other adults. I understand different kids connect to different adults differently. “Teacher Mom” might...
Have you seen that meme circulating on social media where Ariel is signing her name to a big scary contract with Ursula? That pretty much sums up how I feel about our back to school decision this year. I’m...
Back to school looks different this year in light of COVID-19. As parents, we want to keep our kids safe and healthy. The Iowa Clinic shares three things to consider as families get ready to go back to school safely. ...
Racism. Antiracist. Justice. Privilege. Inclusion. Diversity. You may have seen these words floating around recently and are maybe wondering how to introduce these complex topics to your kids. I want to give a little background about myself, first. I was...
I am a teacher. My job is to teach kids, but it is so much more than that. If I were to write an accurate job description, it would take up approximately 100 pages, size 12 font, single-spaced. I can’t even...
My husband and I are working full time from home while our eight and five-year-old boys invent new ways to annoy each other. Learning their letters, checking in with their (amazing!) teachers and reading were only getting us so...
Since all local schools, have been closed until mid-April (or later) many of you are scrambling to take up the temporary role of "homeschool teacher". Have you seen the funny memes on social media about the new widespread homeschool life?...
Should you read nursery rhymes with your babies? Toddlers? Preschoolers? The overwhelming evidence suggests a big, resounding YES! But aren't they old and outdated? Before you jump to conclusions about reading centuries-old poetry, hear me out. I recently read an article about...

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