Why I Think We SHOULD Teach Cursive in Schools

Recently, during one of our many random conversations, I mentioned to hubby how disappointed I was that cursive is no longer being taught in schools.  He expressed disbelief, but I could recall a controversy about the cursive thing (or lack thereof) a couple years ago.  I did a little internet search today and voila– plenty of articles popped up from 2013-14 when the news broke that the Common Core would no longer mandate teaching penmanship in elementary school....more

Expanding Horizons - Learning Family Style

Every parent worries about their child’s education. We all want to know if our child is headed for a better life than the one we have. We want the very best for them. We hope they will be able to find a career they love, be promoted to CEO and have the perfect wife and lots of grandkids for us to love on....more

The Kindergarten Defense

A few days ago something happened that made me laugh and gasp all in the same breath. A kindergarten-teacher in Ankeny, Iowa got arrested at school for being drunk. According to the reports, a parent helping with the Valentine’s Day hoopla saw her with a can of beer. She was removed from the classroom and given a breathalyzer by police. Upon searching her classroom a bag with 2 empty beer cans and 4 full cans were found....more

The Language of Love

Looking for a few good role models

 The New York Times reported Feb. 6, 2015 that parents, teachers and toy-makers discourage girls from getting into math and science. I never saw myself as being particularly good in either subject and I try not to relay this to my daughter Torie. But I’ve been able to follow her fourth-grade assignments so far. Phew!...more

An introvert in the classroom

 Stock photo used with permission.Last night when I rolled in near 9:30, it ...more

5 Reasons You Should Hug a Preschool Teacher

Currently, I am doing some part-time substitute teaching in a preschool classroom, which is a fairly new experience for me. Though I was a teacher once upon a time, I worked with high school and middle school students. So we are talking about pretty much the entire opposite end of the spectrum here. I always used to think I didn't I have the special kind of patience required to be a preschool teacher. Older kids don't need the same type of refined discipline and meticulously crafted rules as the little guys. I mean, that attention to detail is exhausting....more

Showcase More Women in Science

When I was in ninth grade, which was so long ago now it was considered part of “junior high,” I won the science award. I remember sitting in the auditorium with my 300 classmates, all of us packed in like sardines, bored out of my mind. I hated award assemblies. Everyone hated award assemblies. So I wasn’t even paying attention when my name was called. My friend Heather had to shove me while she hissed in my ear, “It’s you, it’s you, go up there!”...more

Homeschool

A lot of people have been wondering how are homeschool is going and I am so happy to share this awesome curriculum with you. It’s been so nice to follow our own schedule and has made our lives super flexible. We can work ahead, take longer breaks or even break out work at the dinner table. My little guy enjoys school so much it feels more like an activity to him versus “work”. And with our crazy busy schedules it’s nice to spend so much quality time together....more

Five Questions That Make This Homeschooling Mama Crazy (Nablopomo Day 9)

*This post is Day Nine of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer....more
dustyksanoon That's a great one! I heard a little boy answer that question once, "it depends ...more