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Simple Tips to Teach Your Kid Phonics

Over the summer I taught Li'l A to read utilizing phonics.  Though I appreciate the expedient fluency that comes with reading with sight words, I believe every child should have a base knowledge of phonics before being taught solely memorization to read.  There is far more freedom in developing an understanding of phonics versus the… Continue reading Simple Tips to Teach Your Kid Phonics

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African Study for Kids

The continent of Africa is like an entire world in and of itself of unique cultures spread across one incredible landmass.  What started out as a one week unit turned into a three week study.  In this post I cover only the first week of studying the northern and central, more tribal cultures of Africa.… Continue reading African Study for Kids

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Bullying: Changing The Way We Talk About Coping With Our Kids

Our Troubling Perspective I have discussed before my stepson, B, and his struggle with his one-dimensional perspective on human behavior. Like with many young boys, there are good people and there are bad people. It's a concept as old as time. There are cowboys and there are indians. There are cops and there are robbers.… Continue reading Bullying: Changing The Way We Talk About Coping With Our Kids

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

Finding My Balance in Talking with the Teacher

It was the fall of 1992 and the election between George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton was really heating up.  I remember dad driving me to school each morning in the cluttered cab of his truck.  I would lean on the door, staring out the window of the homes that lined the small shady street… Continue reading Finding My Balance in Talking with the Teacher

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Understanding and Recognizing an Exceptional Intelligence

I don't write much about my husband, mostly because he is an incredibly private man and I try to respect that, but today I am making an exception. I wish he saw the man that I saw or knew the man that I know.  I wonder how he doesn't look in the mirror each morning… Continue reading Understanding and Recognizing an Exceptional Intelligence

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The Legacy Of Our Friendships

It was 1940 when a lifelong friendship of two twelve-year-old girls would ignite, it was an epic friendship between Beth and Odean.  They would go through school years together, go on to college together, get married and celebrate being parents together. I can't blame fate so much as happenstance- seats were assigned based on the… Continue reading The Legacy Of Our Friendships

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Decades After A Loved One Has Passed

"So how long have you suffered from depression," the doctor leaned in this past summer reading over my chart. "I don't know, my dad died five days before my eleventh birthday, so with a tragic backstory like that who knows at what point the road of depression crossed over the road of trauma. Or was… Continue reading Decades After A Loved One Has Passed

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Reminding B the Super Power of Autism

B and I sat down this summer after a few incidents between him and Lil A, where her cognitive and behavioral differences were becoming more apparent to him this summer more than they did last. I asked, "Do you have anyone in your school that is really into one subject?   Like, let's say sharks.  And… Continue reading Reminding B the Super Power of Autism

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Claude Monet- Art History for Tots

There was so much that went into impressionism that I spent the entire weekend reading art teacher blog, after art teacher blog compiling all the information I could fathom. Then I asked myself, what are the three main things I want my kids to take away from a week worth of activities? My personal priorities:… Continue reading Claude Monet- Art History for Tots

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Continents and Landform- Geography for Tots

This summer we will be traveling around the world; in preparation, we needed to review our global basics! What are the continents? What are landforms? What does the word culture mean? I asked the kids over Spring Break what topics and concepts they would like to explore this summer, Li'l A was quick to answer… Continue reading Continents and Landform- Geography for Tots