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advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home
January 12, 2014 6 comments

advanced learners: 8 ways to support them at home

The following guest post is written by Natalie, of Afterschool for Smarty Pants.   Natalie shares ways she enriches her daughter’s learning at home, after school.  Check it out. —————————— As ...

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy
August 16, 2013 No Comment

back-to-school shopping: the secret to keeping kids happy AND parents happy

Back-to-School shopping can be crazy, stressful, and anxiety-producing for kids and parents alike. But there are a few things we can do to make this annual event lighter, easier, and ...

VolunteerSpot: parents AND teachers can win BIG for back-to-school (sponsored)
August 15, 2013 No Comment

VolunteerSpot: parents AND teachers can win BIG for back-to-school (sponsored)

      I’ve been a longtime fan of VolunteerSpot for the ease with which I can participate in and organize events at my kids’ school. I’ve loved them for ...

how every family can start the school year off right
August 31, 2012 13 comments

how every family can start the school year off right

Several years ago, I wrote about how to make the school year a smashing success, or. . . actually how to make the school year as successful as humanly possible. ...

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes
August 27, 2012 4 comments

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes

One of my first, most distinct happy, happy memories was when I was six years old. I was eating my very first lunch out of my very first lunchbox, in ...

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers
August 17, 2012 3 comments

hello teacher notes: let kids connect with teachers

Another one of our fave back-to-school traditions involves a little bit of writing, some decorating, and a wee bit of walking. Not much walking, really.  Just to the mailbox or ...

back-to-school shopping: get the kids involved
August 13, 2012 10 comments

back-to-school shopping: get the kids involved

I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again, but it is. Last year, when we waited until (gasp!) the week before school to start for our Back-to-School shopping, ...

how to prepare your child for kindergarten -- summertime prep
August 2, 2012 32 comments

how to prepare your child for kindergarten — summertime prep

This time last summer, we were gearing up to send off my sweet boy to Kindergarten, and this year, it’s my baby’s turn. Cora will walk into those elementary school ...

smart summer calendar: fun, focused summer plan for ANY family
June 12, 2012 9 comments

smart summer calendar: fun, focused summer plan for ANY family

Hip, hip HOORAY! Summer’s finally officially here!  Woo00-hooo! My melancholy, revved-up, emotional kiddos finally seemed a little less anxious today.  Though Owen would not believe that he passed Kindergarten until ...

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts
December 19, 2011 9 comments

teacher gifts: creative group holiday gifts

This is a guest post by my friends at Volunteer Spot, just in time for the holidays and especially for those Room Parents who are scrambling last-minute to get things ...

hello, kindergarten: blingin' the backpack, boy-style
August 25, 2011 7 comments

hello, kindergarten: blingin’ the backpack, boy-style

I’ve been waiting for two years now to bling Owen’s backpack like we did when Maddy started Kindergarten, but I knew I couldn’t make felt flower pins for him. He ...