Hell's Jenga

Kindergarten stresses me out. I don’t think it is supposed to do that. But as I pull paper after crumpled paper from Lorelei’s bookbag I can feel myself wanting to shove it all under the couch and run far, far away. 100 days projects. Boxtops. A million pieces of school work. Worksheets. Books for her to read. Newsletters. Fliers for programs and meetings and groups. Snack calendars. Fundraisers. -a-thons. Drives. As my brain is trying to prioritize this, it spirals into fear that I did not remember to do that thing. Some thing. I don’t know what thing. But there’s always a thing....more

Our Waldorf Kindergarten Homeschool Lesson Plan – June 15

If you missed my first week’s post about our ...more

Throwing Away the Red Shirt

Next week Man will participate in a “moving up” ceremony, a graduation of sorts, from pre-school.  I remember the first day so clearly. I cried; he walked right in.  I was fearful; I knew what a challenge he could be at home—what  if they couldn’t handle him?...more

Exploring with Luna: Getting Ready for School

Luna's birthday is 12 days after the cut-off for entering kindergarten in the fall. We took her to take the placement exam to see if she could get the early entrance, but she didn't pass the test. I was devastated and hurt when we found out, and sincerely thought it was a mistake. Fred finally called the principal of the elementary school and she went over Luna's results in detail with him. I felt better when she explained that they have multiple categories they evaluate, and that the child has to pass every category....more

I'm Actually Excited for my Son to Start School

"Why I can't wait for my son to start Kindergarten..."By Julia Arnold ...more


 People are naturally drawn to Josie.Her infectious little laugh rings in yours ears and can evoke a smile on even the darkest of days. With an unsteady gait, she is not as fast as the other kids. Her climbing skills are only starting to develop, but she wants to be in the middle of the action on the playground. With older siblings to hold her hand and guide her, I don't have any reason to fear as I wach her ascend the staircase to the slide....more

Kindergarten Redshirting: Should We Hold Them Back?

As I limp toward the finish line of summer vacation, I start to cycle through thoughts of my kids being the youngest in their class.  And what, if anything, I should do about this.  I have three kids; boy, girl and boy.  I feel like I’ve been churning on this topic for years now, and I feel this way because I actually have been churning on this topic for years....more

Confessions of a Substitute Teacher

Rows of desks.  Colorful supplies.  White dry erase board covering the walls.  I love the classroom.  But I'm not quite ready to go back full time.  So... I signed up to be a sub.  Once a week, my cell phone wakes me up at 5:30am where an automated voice offers me a job.  I usually accept the first job I am offered.  I view subbing as an adventure to experience new schools and grade levels.   Anything goes....more

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kindergarten Kiddos

I teach Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2.  My Kindergarten classes have reading buddies a couple times a month with a grade 2 and a grade 2/3 split class.  I wanted to do something for buddies that had to do with Valentine’s Day, so naturally I headed on over to Pinterest....more