Make Reading Fun

Reading is the gateway to the world of information and creativity.  There are many ways we can help our children develop a love of reading right from the beginning, and to keep their interest as they progress. Most research on reading agrees that the most important part is how the child FEELS about reading, and positive reinforcement and association really helps....more

Born to Taught to Lead?

In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.  ~William ShakespeareSince today's election day, I thought this blog post was appropriate.  Please learn the issues and vote! ...more

Don't Call Your Child Clever

What kind of so-called parenting experts say don’t call your child clever? Since the sixties haven’t we been exhorted to extol the virtues of our children ad nauseam in the hope of building self esteem and encouraging desirable behaviours? When we want them to feel good about themselves we say well done darling, good girl. And if we think they’re not buying it or we really want to big them up we say ‘fantastic, marvellous, brilliant –you are so clever.’ What’s wrong with that?...more

Talk Like a Dog...

Sometimes at the best moments a single word or a look is enough.  ~ Honore de Balzac...more

What's Wrong with Teaching Our Kids to Be Involved?

This morning, I took my two sons to a rally in support of our school district’s emergency operating levy renewal and addition. Thankfully it was one of those beautiful fall days -- blue skies with a bit of chill in the air -- but I would have taken them even if the weather wasn’t perfect. It was important to me for them to attend, to hold a sign, to be involved. I got chastised for taking them though....more
I've taken my kids to presidential rallys and they have watched me campaign. I have let them ...more

5 Obvious Signs You Live with a Teacher

 It’s report card season. My household reflects the lifestyle of busy educators on the move, especially around this time of year.Below are five telltale signs you live with a teacher. Feel welcome to share more in the comments section.1. Teacher version textbooks and guides cover most empty spaces in your bookcases and floor....more

Directionally Challenged

I am directionally challenged.  ~Heather Piper...more

Lessons from Wimbledon

Lessons from the Wimbledon Fortnightby The Parent Practice...more

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

The youths got beat up today. Gawker called us narcissistic. The American Scholar called us out of touch.  I say blimey! And other reactions. Read "Vox Populi's Vanity" at ...more

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