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The first Read Across America was held on March 2nd in 1998 and was the National Education Foundation's brainchild. They landed on March 2nd because it is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. So, for many years it has been...
We are all alike, we are all different. As a preschool teacher and currently an in-home childcare provider I have always held this mentality. There are things about each one of us that make us unique and things about...
When I first became a stay at home mom, I did a lot of reading about what the transition may be like. While reading, I discovered there were plenty of stay at home mom stereotypes that were easily and...
I took a Literacy class in undergrad: teaching reading seems pretty straightforward, but there's an entire science and a host of theories all intertwined with how we learn language. The course was super dry, and the professor was really strict....
While parenting styles differ, one thing all parents can agree on is this: we want healthy kids! After more than ten years working with families to achieve this goal, I’ve found these five tips to be most impactful in...
I was a public school teacher for twelve years before I stepped away from the classroom two years ago. So let me begin by saying to all the teachers - I SEE YOU. But I also am currently trying...
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." -- Mister Rogers Ahhh, the toddler years. I always wonder what these old ladies mean when they give me the 'enjoy every single...
My daughter is heading off to college this month. This is, of course, affecting me in both an emotional and practical way. She and I have started to cross over into the “friend” stage of our relationship, so we...

The Truth About Teachers

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Teacher Appreciation Day is not for another couple of months, but why should we limit appreciating teachers to only one day out of the entire year? Let’s think about teachers and why they deserve all the appreciation, we can...
I have two daughters, age thirteen and seventeen. All of their school careers, they have been attending private schools that had strict uniform codes. Lately, my thirteen year old has been having some issues when they are allowed to...
I need to begin by saying no, I don't think my child is perfect. He's four years old and he has good days and bad days and even awful days. This post isn't about his behavior, but I'm certainly...
With the exception of three years,  all my K-12 education was in West Virginia. Yes, West Virginia, not western Virginia. I cannot tell you how many people I've met since I moved to the Midwest who don't realize West...
Our little girl Lauren recently wrapped up her kindergarten year with a bang: she lost one of her front teeth and moved into her new "big girl" room all in the same week that school ended. What a year...
Today was supposed to be our first day of school.   If you had asked me back in March when schools closed if we'd still be dealing with this virus, I would have laughed. I thought there was no way that...

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Indianapolis Moms Guide to August Family Events

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Back to school and back to reality in the month of August. But just because we are back to our regular school schedule this...
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