Finding My Way Through Fear

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Why kids struggle with tests; It may not be test anxiety

I just ran across this short video (like 1.5 minutes) about children who experience test anxiety. A woman named Studley Robson (cool name!) of LearningRx in Staunton explains that it may not actually be text anxiety but rather weak cognitive skills, which causes the child to draw a blank.http://www.momseveryday.com/shenandoahvalley/local/headlines?article=255...The brain skills she mentions are short-term memory, long-term memory and processing speed. ...more

5 Reason I Loathe School Fundraisers

I cannot be the only one…who completely understands the need for school fundraising, but hates it just the same.  During our first year enrolled in a public school there has been a fundraiser of one sort or another happening every month, whether our children are being asked to peddle wares from a catalogue or participate in a hoola-hoop marathon, there has been no lack of fundraising activities. ...more

Friday Wrap-Up

The only reason that I'm excited that's it's Friday, is because this Monday is Family Day in a few provinces in Canada. Ontario being one of them. I'm thankful for that and am going to enjoy it. I've learned to take advantage of Government/Federal/Provincial days off, because I have the law behind me to say, I need a damn break! I know that I'll be working on school stuff for the rest of today and all of this weekend....more

Forcing the Valentine's Day Love

I cannot be the only one…who lives in a house ran by boys and who knows that, even with their brawny efforts, making Valentine’s Day anything other than a run-of-the-mill Friday will be up to me, and this includes the Sonny Boy’s valentine exchange at school. ...more

Friday Wrap-Up

Yoga is going well. The flexibility is coming back sooner then thought it would. Muscle memory, I guess. I will continue to make time for it because it can't hurt and I feel that it's helping. Here's to hoping that I keep it up!...more

Light at the End & Spoken Word

This week started roughly but it seems to be ending on a higher note. I won't say it's great, but I can almost, see the light at the end of the tunnel. One of my upcoming projects in my Multimedia class is pretty interesting. I do have to pull what I've learned from my other classes to make the project work, but I'm actually using one of my future business models in it. The combination of writing, photography, web design and animals of course....more

Thankful Thursday: To School On Time

I cannot be the only one...who is amazed at their child's lack of ability to just simply get out the door in a timely fashion.  Our school mornings have been hectic whirlwinds of velcro shoes, backpacks, and impromptu bicycle riding in the garage, adding up to a rushed and stressed out Mama that wants to throw in the towel.  Just recently though, I've noticed that it seems like we might have finally ironed out the morning wrinkles, and have been arriving at school ON TIME. ...more

Freedom in Schooling

I want to share something with you guys that’s become a wee bit of an obsession for me: it’s called the Sudbury Model of schooling. For me it all started with this book, Free to Learn by Peter Gray....more

The First Report Card

I cannot be the only one…who finds them self disenchanted with their experience as a newbie Mama to public elementary school.  I have a variety of different reasons for my less than enthused feelings, one is the fact that the principle has already called me at work, got me really worried, and then dismissed the whole point of the call as "nothing really," and now I can add the first report card to my kindergarten dismay. ...more