What had happened was...

Recently, and not entirely of my own free will, I gave up teaching.  In essence, this is not a long-term goal.  Not yet, anyway.  I was offered a few positions as a teacher's aide, after having taught in a classroom of my own for the past five years.  Needless to say, I wasn't terribly thrilled to take a giant pay cut and be bossed around by someone who would have been my peer.  As it turns out, the need for classroom English teachers is not very high in this area these days.  ...more

Personal Finance Group Writing Project: Education and Wealth

Hey everyone,There's a writing project going on over at Go Banking Rates. The topic is education and wealth, and you can be as creative as you like! Entry participants can receive a free GBR reusable/eco-friendly bag, and the winner will receive a custom reader's favorite badge....more

Simple Things You Can Do to Help Teachers

As a former teacher, the statistic sounds fairly accurate. I worked at a school where we had money for supplies, but I still ended up having a portion of my books and homegoods migrate into our classroom. A friend who works for an inner city school that doesn't have enough money for supplies is constantly asking us to chip in a small amount in order to make sure the kids have markers and paper. ...more

I just bought a Sweet Deal on Mamapedia, and they donate 5% of every purchase to the school you ...more

Motherly Advice

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all parents and kids are not created equally, but are wholly individual in personality and style. Regardless of these differences, the basic needs of love, patience and support remain constant....more

Why kindergarteners may be misdiagnosed with ADHD

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/198077.phpThe short version? The youngest kids in their kindergarten class are twice as likely to be on stimulant meds because their maturity level is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. ...more

Birds of a Feather: Tips for Choosing the Best School for Your Child

Blog Love As I sit here writing this, I have just come from a lovely local blogger gathering....more

What I'm Meant to Do

Everyone was just staring at me. I realized afterwards they were all engaged. No one was looking down, texting, checking messages. They were just sitting rock still, watching me. Listening hard, sometimes taking notes. ...more
What a wonderful article. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. And ...more

The Changing Seasons: Types of Schools Available to American Children

Fall is in the Air There was a brisk feeling in the air on Sunday. We spent the whole day outside working and playing in the yard....more

From Homeschool to Public School

Our family started homeschooling in the Fall of '99 when we moved here and decided that the PS was not a great fit for Boy. Girl came into homeschooling after second grade two years later because she felt "we were having too much fun." ...more

This was a very interesting post about the differences from someone who has had those ...more

Onward Homeschool Soldiers

This morning when I woke to work, a war was raging across the homeschool table. Nearly every plastic color block shape and cubed math manipulative we own was at attention; formed into tanks, constructed into walled fortresses, standing as tall guards, or traversing the seas. ...more

Gah. I am surfing around all these homeschool blogs that have photos of tidy, sparkling school ...more