NaBloPoMo Day 5: What do you wish you had more time to do each day?

The Passage of Time (Photo credit: ToniVC)...more

A Bump in the Road - Learning to Drive Never Ends

Sometimes the best way to learn is from experience, and experiences, especially those that frighten and remain ingrained. Last night as I was driving home, another car hit mine, which I guess qualifies as an experience. I was driving in her blind spot and she went to change lanes, swerving right into me....more

Study names the 3 key literacy skills most needed for elementary school

Researchers studied 394 young children and found that the three most important factors to reading comprehension were decoding, oral comprehension and vocabulary.Decoding was measured by the speed and precision that the child could recognize written words - familiar or made up since it's about sounds. It accounted for 34% of the reading comprehension.Oral comprehension accounted for 8.9% and vocabulary accounted for 4.5%. The other factors include things like attention span, memory capacity, spoken language characteristics, etc....more

Teething Troubles

Teething has been all about the whining, the fussing, the hanging on the boob, the loss of patience. I don't really know how much more I can take, some days. I feel I'm at my wits end with the whining and the fussing. I start to lose it. I just get so sick of hearing it. When Hun is home, he tries to help. Fussing through the evening is almost harder as I've been listening to it for a couple hours already....more

8 Things I Learned From Kids (& Being One)

8 Things I Learned From Kids (& Being One)...more

How mid-day naps boost learning in preschoolers

Some publicly funded preschoolers are under pressure to drop nap time in exchange for more curriculum-focused time.But a new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that daytime naps are significant in early learning as they help with memory consolidation.And no, you can't just get a good night's sleep to recover memory consolidation time if a kid is nap deprived. It's especially helpful if the nap is taken soon after something important is learned....more

Simple Guide to Making a Learning Basket at Home

It amazes me how quickly children grow and develop. One day you celebrate a few mumbles that sound like the word mama and soon enough they are learning their alphabet.As a former teacher, I have been impatiently waiting to share some wonderful learning activities with my son that I used in my classroom. One activity I used frequently (especially when students were bored) was a Learning Basket....more

Aerobic exercise helps children learn and remember

Do you want to boost your kid's memory and learning? Put them on the trampoline. Or the bike. Or in the pool to swim laps. New research from a study following 9- and 10-year-olds found that the fitter the child, the better they performed on memory tests. Of course, fitness doesn't necessarily give kids an advantage in ALL learning situations.But this research correlates with one done at Michigan State University last year, in which it was found that just 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise may be enough to boost school performance for kids with ADHD....more

There Will Be No First Day of Kindergarten Photo

Today marks the 100th installment of Heather King‘s (The Extraordinary Ordinary) Just Write free-writing your (extra)ordinary stories series. It marks my first time as a participant. Congratulations, Heather. ...more

I hope you're uncomfortable

To my future children, and the currently growing up generation of kids and teenagers, Welcome....more