Touchable Tuesday- Our Home-made Reading a Writing Kit

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My Baby's Going to Kindergarten

Tomorrow my first baby starts kindergarten.  I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it.  Most people in the same position as me, seem to be very sad about how grown-up our little ones are.  Honestly, I am so busying during the day breaking up fights and trying to reign in all.the.sass that I barely have time to think about how quickly time is passing.  Plus, I've finally realized that in the grand scheme of life she is actually very little still.  I'll save all the crying for when she graduates high school. ...more

Kindergarten Readiness - Is your child ready for "Big Kid School"?

School is 4 weeks away for most of our little ones. To the seasoned veterans this can’t come soon enough, but for those of us with a little ones just starting kindergarten; this next month will FLY by. Coming from a pro-preschool Mommy let me tell you, you may think you have the advantage here. Academically, yes you may, but emotionally speaking, preschool is merely the warm-up....more

Remove "Sexual Misconduct" Report from Kindergartner's Permanent Record

An Arizona kindergartner, 5-year-old Eric Lopez, has been disciplined for "sexual misconduct" after pulling his pants down on a playground at his elementary school when another student told him to do so. As Eric's mother, Erica Martinez, says in AZFamily.com about the April incident, her son is "a 5-year-old. He does not know right from wrong yet.”...more

My Five Year Old Is Not Your Strong Leader

As I walked with my children to school an hour ago, in between paying exactly equal attention and lavishing exactly equal praise to my twins so that they would remain in a human-like mood at least until we got to the big doors, I readied myself for a talk I needed to have with one of the girls' teachers.As anyone who knows us knows, my girls are scare-quote spirited. We'd been coming off a long stretch of normality, where the girls would play together nicely for hours, accept reality as it came their way, and just generally showed a maturity I knew was too good to last....more

Ready to learn - what kids really need

   With Kay's start of kindergarten drawing ever closer, I've done my share of the "what if?"s. What if she doesn't know enough? What if I haven't taught her enough? Does she know all the letter sounds and numbers she needs to know? What if...?   It's wearisome for me, and puts undo pressure on her (though I try to avoid that at all costs).  But there are some things, academics aside, that all kids need to be ready to learn on the first day of kindergarten (or any grade level). The good news - you've probably been building these up all along!...more

Kindergarten and Not Quite the Truth

There was a little girl who looked forward to the first day of kindergarten. All summer she heard about what fun school was and all the wonderful things she would learn and do. Then the big day was here. First day of school…ever. ...more

Coming to Terms with Common Core Math

I've struggled a lot with kindergarten this year.  Between the homework, our teacher's maternity leave and too much TV watching I've had a lot of frustrations. What really worries me going forward, though, is the Common Core standards that will be dominating my childrens' educations....more

Unknown

The unknown is overshadowing my thoughts.An envelope sits on my kitchen counter. In a few months, Josie will be a kindergartener. The same excitement and sadness fills my heart as it has 6 times before.The registration packet has some questions left unanswered. Similarly, the corresponding pages in her baby book are still unwritten.This shouldn't have come as any surprise to me, as the constant reminders are always there....more

What Happened to Teaching Math so Kids Actually Learn it?

Math.  Ugh.  What used to be the bane of most students’ existence is now becoming the bane of most parents’ existence.  Why?  Common Core.  ...more