Kindergarten Readiness

Beginning Kindergarten is a huge rite of passage that looms large for most children and their parents. Children are excited to join the world of older students who attend elementary school and parents are often understandably emotional about their child’s transition to formalized schooling, and perhaps a bit nervous about their child’s readiness for what will be required of them in the classroom. As spring arrives, parents may wonder how to best prepare their young children for entering Kindergarten in the fall....more

Reading for reading's sake

My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)...more

Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30. ...more

Teacher Appreciation Week

VIAI have been blessed with amazing teachers throughout my life....more

The way we view failure

My son walked in while I was getting ready for work and said, "Mommy, I have some questions about ancient Egypt that I would like to talk about." Of course he does....more

Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down....more

Not your grandma's school

Going back to school can be daunting enough without the guilt of taking time away from family. I asked my 6 year old what she thought about mommy being in school, and turns out she focused on the perks, like taking the elevator in the library to visit me and eating Doritos with dad while I worked late....more

April's September

For everyone outside of education, January starts the new year. But as parents, teachers, and students -- fresh starts are made each September. With this being my first blog post, albeit April, it feels like fall. A little scary, a little exciting, and worth celebrating with a new pair of boots!...more