I used to teach 5th grade, and I heard over and over again, "How can you teach 10 year olds every day? I could never do that!" It always struck me as funny because I truly love this age. Now...
The word dyslexia is highly misunderstood. People are afraid, or ashamed, to say it but my son, my love, is dyslexic.  This is supposed to be an inspiring article. But the truth is, our journey is not done.  When I look...
Being a parent is exceedingly difficult right now. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are concerned about keeping their families and communities healthy. On top of that, parents are either working from home with little ones...
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...

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May is National Water Safety Awareness Month. As we head to pool and beach season, it’s the perfect time for all families and caregivers...
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