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

It's Time to Wrap it Up

I cannot be the only one...who knows that the old saying, "when it rains, it pours," is as true today as it was when the first person uttered those words (probably between sobs and woeful wails).  We spent this past week getting knocked around by strong winds, the Sonny Boy took a vacation, and the Hubs and I got to spend a little alone time together (sounds great, right? Well...keep reading for the plot twist). ...more

Weekly Wrap-Up

Well my first week back to school was kind of good, but kind of a hot mess. Some classes seem like they are going to be manageable and enjoyable. Others seem like they are going to give me a plenty of grey hairs, crows feet, and even more acne. Talk about a week of self doubt. Seriously, it was pep talks to myself all week long....more

Recipe for Reading

 4 cups of hugs mixed with time and pleasureContinue the time and add a large stack of booksMix the time, pleasure, and hugs along with fun and adventure.Add a dose of curiosity with imagination and you have a child that will celebrate reading every day.Reading takes us to where we have been before and where we yearn to go. Reading relaxes us and helps us to be innovators and leaders of tomorrow....more

Thankful Thursday: Back to School!

I cannot be the only one…who is thankful their child has gone back to school after a long, long winter holiday. ...more

New study says math is not an innate skill

Researchers in Norway studied a group of fifth graders and showed that math is not an innate skill, but rather something you learn with practice (making your brain connections stronger).They tested 9 types of math - including addition, subtraction, multiplication, calendar and clock work. The tests were both orally and in writing. As the researcher pointed out, there is little correlation between solving a normal addition problem and addition in the form of a word problem. Why? Because up to 20 % of Norwegian boys in middle school have problems reading....more

A Holiday Extravaganza

The “Made-By-Me Workshop, Holiday Boutique & Bake Sale, Book Fair, Hot Chocolate Bar, Holiday Extravaganza” was an event that started out as just a simple bake sale....more

Life Changes?

Well these past few months have been interesting. I'm making more changes, when it comes to my future and being able to get the heck out of this city. I'm grateful for much of what it has given me, but if I stay here, I will shrivel up and die....more

Math, Coding and Explore

I want my kids to do super well in school.  They tested well on their state stardard test but they are so lazy.  Imagine if they read the question and thought about the answers, they can be competitive for higher awards like college scholarships.  All they care about is beating their electronic games.  Why not beat the entire nation on your SAT scores?  How can I make reading and studying fun?Today's goal is to make it through the day without anyone yelling at me. ...more