Parents: Calm down about the homework issue

One school in New York City is doing away with homework. Principal's orders. The school is elementary - kindergarten through the 5th grade.According to the principal, all those math worksheets and essay assignments they were giving out were actually a total waste of time. Instead of homework, parents are encouraged to let kids spend their freed up time reading, playing outside or doing whatever activities they enjoy — with the recommendation that parents limit time spent watching TV and playing computer or video games. (Duh, right?!)...more

Vacation

plans are on the go. About 3 weeks in British Columbia and I can't wait. So it's triple time on getting this course finished or at least up until the final project, which is not due until April 24th. I really do not want to do any school work on vacation, but who knows. Why didn't I wait until the end of April, you may ask? Well I don't want to travel when it's getting too warm, I detest the heat. I don't want to travel when the place will be even busier with tourists. Getting accommodations that I like and that are close to town, will be harder and more expensive....more

She Blinded Me With Science

My kids have helped me make up for all the science fairs I didn't participate in when I was in high school. I'm like a reverse sports parents when it comes to the science fair, because I never participated I've made it a mission to make sure my own kids do. To hell with being captain of the football team, get in there and make some DNA out of gummy bears pronto!At the science fair you can tell the science parents from the non-science parents in a heartbeat....more

The worst public school meet the world

First Week of Classes Reflection

 I just started my second semster of sophomore year of college, so I'm sharing my classes and what I thought of my first week!Check it out here....more

Did you really earn that grade?

My son had a spelling test the other day (never mind that he is only four). He came home with a lollipop and a reward report saying that he spelled all his sight words correctly. Except: He didn't....more

Getting on Track

I am starting school today. I have one more quarter after this and then I will be graduating from college. I am trying to increase my GPA and do really well in all of my classes this quarter. I have 3 classes and am determined to get at least all B's. ...more

Dear Mom love letters

I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me. "Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this." He handed me a notepad, and on it he had written: ...more

Stay in school, kids

As my son and I waited way too long to get a prescription filled the other day, an older gentleman started chatting with us. He remarked that my son was being very patient, and he asked my son how old he was. My son replied politely. (Proud Mommy moment.) My son then volunteered the information that he was allowed to talk to strangers but not leave with them. (Proud/semi awkward Mommy moment.)...more

Ways to show teachers you care

I ran across this article (which is actually from Thanksgiving, but I think it applies to Christmas just as much) about showing teachers you care. http://www.woodlandsonline.com/newsarchives/archivedetails.cfm?id=54204I have a few thoughts on gifts for teachers (the good and the "don't bother") too.The "Don't Bother" List:1. The teachers I spoke to said they have plenty of "World's Greatest Teacher Mugs." ...more