Pre-School Crunch Time

Its January, so for mom's of two year old children across my neighborhood in Brooklyn this means that the pre-school applications are due by the end of the month to snag a seat in September. AGHHHH!!!!! ...more
Thank you. I need to hear other perspectives- especially from people outside of New York and ...more

Honoring Lindsey

Danita Clark Able,  Author of Letters From A Whoremonger's Wife This weekend, we’re honoring my Sweet Lindsey; celebrating her accomplishments. In case you haven’t had the privilege to know her yet, please let me tell you a bit about her:...more

Snow Day Busy-Work Required When School Is Canceled: Who Benefits and Who Falls Behind?

The call came during my first sip of coffee this morning. No school. Snow day. Most kids rejoice, but my oldest son frowned big. "But I want to learn!" I started spouting off all of the fun things the two brothers could do and get into today, knowing full well the wrench it threw into my own day. Promises of making a snowman, mugs of hot chocolate, and a snowball fight worked a little bit to turn his frown upside down. Then his face lit up. "Does this mean we get to do our Blizzard Bag today?" It was my turn to frown. ...more
FireMom They love visitors! I'm 99% sure I'm visiting in 2 wks. 84 deg today! Seems ...more

Planning to have an autumn baby

My son was born in the Spring. Like so many other mothers, I was thrilled when I found out that I was pregnant, and looked forward to his due date. At no time during my pregnancy did I wonder if the time of year that he was born would affect how he would perform at school....more

"First" Post

*Post originally published on Smart Stunning Searching on November 23rd, 2013.*...more

The Very Basic School Supplies are Needed!

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Gifted children need a place where they can belong

A recent article about education highlighted the difference between creating an environment where students belong rather than just fit in. The author, Kimberlee Kiehl, noted problems in a system where "most teacher education programs, not to mention the entire education culture in this country, push us toward making children fit in."...more

#NaBloPoMo Day 27: New to Unschooling?

First, I want to preface this post with the disclaimer that while we are radical/whole life unschoolers, we have been unschoolers since the birth of our son. We have not had to really do the same kind of deschooling that many families coming to unschooling must do when they decide to take their child(ren) out of school in order to embark on their journey of unschooling. With that said, I do know a lot of families who have come to unschooling from very different beginnings and from different institutional/home education paths. And I want to share some of their wisdom with you....more
You are most welcome! I hope you did well on your test. Congratulations on your first day of ...more

Study names the 3 key literacy skills most needed for elementary school

Researchers studied 394 young children and found that the three most important factors to reading comprehension were decoding, oral comprehension and vocabulary.Decoding was measured by the speed and precision that the child could recognize written words - familiar or made up since it's about sounds. It accounted for 34% of the reading comprehension.Oral comprehension accounted for 8.9% and vocabulary accounted for 4.5%. The other factors include things like attention span, memory capacity, spoken language characteristics, etc....more

Where The Oregon Trail has lead us: Educational video games

I played The Oregon Trail in school. That doesn't make me feel old, because that game is still going - see here. I learned lots of stuff from playing the game, like family members could die from measles. Or typhoid. Or dysentery. Or drown while wading across a three-foot deep river. Or that I would never be strong enough to carry all that buffalo meat back to my starving family....more