Dear Mom of a Rising Third-Grader, Congratulations! Your child has survived and hopefully thrived through their first few years of elementary school. I’m sure there were bumps and hiccups along the way, but you and your child came through it....
Please stop. No really. Stop. A new phenomenon is happening at college campuses today, and it really needs to end. It is crippling your students and preventing them from becoming independent, self-sufficient adults. If your college-aged student is having an issue at school, it...
One of the benefits to working in education is that not only do you get January 1 to start a “new year” but you also get the start of a new academic year. My goal going into this academic...
Can you believe it is already August? You know what that means, don't you? It's back-to-school time! And if you're a mom like me, you're probably doing a little happy dance right now just thinking about it.  I remember when...
I’ll never forget receiving the phone call years ago from my disappointed kindergartener who had forgotten his change of clothes for a trek with Hammond’s naturalist-in-residence, Tom Mancke. To a five year-old, missing a morning excursion with Mr. Mancke...
School routines, especially time in the car, set the tone for how we begin and end the school day. We have four children attending three different schools. We carpool with neighbors, each responsible for different days, start and pick...
I sent my baby off to preschool last week. My youngest (and last) child is now in school. This was a day I had been dreading for a while. Not just for him, but for me too.  When my oldest started preschool,...
I was a bus kid. My early memories are of me and my neighbors standing in someone’s garage in a lame attempt to get warm because it was in the teens outside. Or running to the bus during the...
I am a big science geek. And as a homeschooling parent, I have been given a huge gift that happens to coincide with my children's first day of school. The 2017 total solar eclipse will be the first visible...
Summer is upon us! A time for barbecues, pools, vacations, and fun. Thinking about going back to school in the fall is probably the farthest thing from your mind.  But if you have a high school graduate who will be...
One of my favorite childhood movies was Mr. Mom. The movie was about a dad who lost his job and became a stay-at-home dad while his wife had the opportunity to work outside the home. Remember when the dad...
Have you noticed bright, yellow scarves this week? It's not in support of a sports team - schools, organizations and individuals across the nation are gearing up to celebrate education options.  It's National School Choice Week. In education, one size doesn't fit all....
Our son Sam didn't learn to read in kindergarten, even though he was one of the oldest children in his class. He did learn to read in first grade, but not particularly well and not until the end of...
One of the most common comments I get when someone learns I homeschool my children is “I could never do that.” It’s confusing because I’m not sure if I am supposed to take it as a compliment. (Are you trying...
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