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It's the MOST wonderful time of the year! Yes, friends...my favorite time of year is upon us. Aisle after aisle of boxes filled with perfectly sharpened Crayola Crayons. The box of 64, please! I'll take two! Folders and spirals in...
You know the old adage, "practice makes perfect"? Did you know it's not actually true? Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. In the education world, we prefect the phrase, "practice makes permanent." Did you know that students...
Late last year, my husband and I started the search for a new daycare for our daughter (now 2.5). While some parents dread the seemingly endless process of calling, touring, interviewing, decision-making and checking references, I am an anomaly...
Although there are so many competing skills and ideals moms want to impart to our children, one of the things I knew before we even decided to homeschool (see my reason why here and what a morning in our life looks...
Even with the many opportunities afforded to women in the workforce, the decisions we face surrounding motherhood and career can be quite complicated. One such decision for many women is whether to continue working in a formal capacity once they...
We homeschool. As I’ve already learned firsthand from awkward silences, enthusiastic embraces, disapproving glances and/or a looks of concern as the person I’m speaking with adds up the number of children calling me “mom” at that moment, this confession...
With the holiday season upon us, we remember the joy and magic of holiday books! It might be the characters in the classic Little Golden Books like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, or The Night Before Christmas. Polar...
This year, my boys are in preschool full time, which means for the first time, I have teacher gifts to buy. Buying gifts for your child's teacher(s) can be a daunting task. Do you just buy for the classroom...
We know that exposure to language-rich environments in infancy and toddlerhood sets the stage for a lifetime of literacy learning. Therefore, reading with our kids is one of the most important things we can do to promote literacy -...
No more teachers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks ... As a former elementary teacher, I know full well how this rings true in many households come summer's arrival, the hooting, the hollering, the celebration cartwheels … and sometimes the...

Back to School, Again

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While August is long gone and the excitement of the first day of school is over for traditional students, I am preparing for my second week of class. Going back to school was something I once imagined would mean returning...
Note: This post is the fifth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for the conclusion of this series on Thursday! This year marks my eighteenth in the classroom. Eighteen years! I have now officially been a teacher...
Note: This post is the fourth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series next Tuesday! I’m not saying that I’m brilliant, but I hang around a lot of brilliant people – brilliant people...
Note: This post is the first in our six-part "Back to School" series. Join us for more next week! I grew up in a suburb with strong schools and award-winning teachers. Heading back to school could always be summed up...

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The Kansas City Virtual School + Homeschooling Guide: Education Resources for...

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Welcome to the 2020 school year! If you're fumbling your way through this unprecedented year of pandemic education, you're not alone. This guide will...