Sentimental On the First Day of Preschool

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Our First Day Of School Tradition

The very first day that I took my oldest to preschool, 13 years ago, we started a first day of school tradition. At the time, I wasn't planning on it becoming an annual thing. I was simply trying to make a bad day better....more

Our World on a Yellow Bus

Today is the first day of school here in my little town. That means that Lilo, Stitch, and Spock were out front at 8:00 AM waiting on the bus while Sweet Babou fretted quietly and I took ALL the pictures. Seriously, it sounded like Beyoncé had just walked out of a store into a herd of paparazzi.  The bizeet bizeet of my camera shutter was rivaling the noise of the early morning crickets....more

Forget Being Super Mom, Be a GEM

There is an Eric Carle board book about a little girl who asks, "Papa, can you get the moon for me?" And her father gets a ladder. When my boys were little, I read this to them. I kept it because when I see it on the shelf, I think of the many ways as parents we want to give it all: to make the pain go away when they hurt, to make their joy last forever, to protect them. To never disappoint them or make mistakes. To hang the moon. And also to know, while we can't hang the moon, we can revel in its beauty. We can enjoy it. And we can parent beautifully all while making mistakes....more
Such a wonderful acronym!  Being given a child or children is one of God's greatest gifts and ...more

ChitChat: First Day of School

6 "Get Out" Songs for Teachers to Mentally Sing When Kicking a Student Out

For many of my dear friends, it is that time of year. Yes, teachers, I am talking to you. And yes... school is starting - or worse - has started....more

6 Ideas to Prepare Young Kids for the First Day of Preschool

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience at home. It's important to help kids feel confident and ready to tackle a new experience. Follow these tips to prepare for a great first day of school: ...more
I have two preschoolers and I'm going to try these ideas! Thanks!more

First day of Kindergarten

This morning I dropped off my daughter to her first day of Kindergarten.  I had to take my 3 year old son with me so I knew it was going to be a short drop off.  We took pictures of my daughter at home and then we were off to school.  I thought it was going to be sad, dramatic but it wasn't. ...more

How to Fake Mom Confidence like a Rockstar on the First Day of Kindergarten

I am sure you've seen all the posts about preparing your new school-ager for the first day of Kindergarten. My youngest is one of those new kindergartners and the tips have been a great help....more

Kid, you’ll move mountains

How else could I possibly begin this without a quote from Dr. Seuss?  My tiny, preemie baby is grown enough to start preschool.  To have a teacher.  To make friends.  To participate in stimulating discussions about fruits and vegetables.  Words from Oh, The Places You’ll Go are quite appropriate here....more
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