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On behalf of the state of Indiana (of which I actually have no authority,) I’d like to apologize to all public school teachers. Seriously, all of them. In Indiana, teachers and public eduction has yet to be a top priority. It...
If someone didn’t already know, e-learning during the pandemic taught everyone how absolutely valuable teachers are—and just how hard their jobs are. Here are five other things teachers want you to know to help give everyone a little more...
My youngest has always been my spicy child. She is carefree and dances to the rhythm of her own music. She is extremely independent but also strong willed and persistent. When she wants something, she goes after it. But...
I looked the ten-year-old student in the eyes and asked, "Should you give your personal information out on the internet?" He ignored my question. I repeated the question with a bit more passion the second time. "Well, should you?"...
My son Stephen E. Beaven III, aka Trey, is the ultimate introvert. He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it is so profound that it could shock you if you don't know him. When it was time...
In the days leading up to the first day of kindergarten, I agonized over everything. “Will she get motion sick on the bus?” “Will she be able to find her classroom?” “Will she be able to open everything in...
Dear Parents: My years in the classroom influence my parenting. While I don't have all the answers, I've spent over a decade as a parent and a high school teacher. As we embark on the start of another school...
When our third and final child, a boy, was born in March of 2013, it seemed his academic timeline would mirror our daughter's path, who was born almost exactly four years earlier in March of 2009. When he turned...
For the first time, I will have three kids in school full-time. After almost eight years of being a stay-at-home mom, I find myself asking: What now?  Things didn’t go according to my carefully thought-out plans. Last year, I was...
Is your family interested in The Orchard School? Would you like to learn more about Progressive education and what the school can offer your family? Then mark your calendars for Thursday, July 22nd at 7pm for an inside tour...
When we learned my husband’s job would bring our family of five to Indianapolis, one of the first questions to run through my mind was, "Where will we send the kids to school?" This isn’t a decision we take...
The school year is just around the corner and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce our family. Meet Us: Mr. and Mrs. Unpopluar, Mr. and Mrs. Unconventional, Mr. and Mrs. That Family. First-Born-Type A-Competitive-Valedictorian marries...
Congratulations everyone, we made it through our first Covid school year. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back while holding a really big cocktail. You deserve it. Teachers, staff, and students all worked really hard this year to maintain...
Seriously, a school year for the history books. From a parent’s perspective of sending their young child into a building with 700+ other people during a national pandemic, most of them being ones that still struggle to blow their...

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Picture this: You and your family are hanging out at home. It's cold outside, the kids are restless. You want to get out of...
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