We know that home is the first school house. The kids learn in their classrooms and preschools, but they also learn math by helping us in the kitchen, science by helping us in the garden, and fine motor skills by drawing and creating and writing. We know this play an es.... read more
I don't know about you, but thinking about back-to-school—particularly in the steamy hot days of August—would make me feel anxious when my children were younger. I was especially anxious about their new teachers. What if my son had teachers who didn't appreciate his persis.... read more
One damp day as we were walking home from school last year, my daughter pointed up to a flock starlings swooping through the sky. “Look Mommy,” she said, “it’s so beautiful, it’s like a rainbow.” “It is,” I assented with a smile. Though the black.... read more
The bell rings, the kids come flooding out the school doors, and everyone is ready for break. After a long day of sitting at a desk, we all could use something a bit different to do. After school is the perfect time to go on a quick adventure! This doesn't need to be an outlan.... read more
When our children are very young, middle school seems so far away, and surely, once we've been through going back to work and the first days of preschool and finding just the right kindergarten, the transition from fifth to sixth grade can't be all that bad. And then that day .... read more
When we set out in search of a preschool for our little ones, we look for a place where they will be happy, for an environment conducive to fun and learning and friendship. We look for a strong community of families, and for teachers who have plenty of experience and creativi.... read more
It is hard to say goodbye to summer. We feel a pang just thinking the words. We’ve so loved the freedom, the family time, and our summer friendships. We’ve loved the days outdoors, the hours of reading, the new places and sights we’ve discovered. Summer’s t.... read more
You’ve heard what they say about homework, right? Homework! Oh, homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink. If only a bomb would explode you to bits. Homework! Oh, homework! You're giving me fits. I'd rather take baths with a man-eati.... read more
Elementary school is a time of tremendous growth and learning. Just think of the transformation that takes place between the first day of kindergarten and the last day of fifth grade. We barely recognize these kids! Looks and height are the least of it. They've become.... read more
As the summer winds down, the start of a new school year is fast approaching. For many children this will mean their first entry into the world of preschool. Understandably, this transition will be met with the full range of emotional responses, from excitement and curiosit.... read more
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