Category: education

The One Where We Get Ready to Go Back To School

School starts one week from today for us! I know some kids are already back or are heading back tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, this summer was way too short and we have had fun being sloths, so I don’t want them to go. On the other, we are all  lazy and need a routine…and I can’t stand the fighting. Thank you teachers for taking these people for several hours out of my day!

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The One With Why I Volunteer At School

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I moved from South Carolina to North Carolina when my oldest four. We were there for a year or so before he started kindergarten. In that year, I think I met two people I could consider friends. When #1 started kindergarten, I thought I would volunteer to be room mom and go to a PTO meeting or two to try to meet other mom friends. Little did I know, that the SUCKER tattoo I apparently have  across my head would become visible!

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The One With the Letter Before Testing

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This week the kids are testing…again. Number 1 opted out, but Number 2 will be taking ANOTHER round of tests. And he is really not looking forward to it. I can’t say I blame him. It is mid-April and this is already Round 3 of testing. I had offered to opt him out of testing too, but at the time he was fine with taking all the tests. Now, he is a bit stressed and really not wanting to test AGAIN! I think he’s just one with them…already, and it’s only April!

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The One Where We Opt Out…or Testing part 2

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Number 1 is a very  smart kid, like reading Harry Potter in first grade smart.  For punishment, we take books away from him. He takes enrichment classes. He’s just smart. But he does not test well. Each year his standardized test scores have gone down.  I believe it is because of the amount of stress that is placed on the kids now to perform on these tests.  He has major anxiety about these tests.  Perfectionism and test anxiety are “side effects” of giftedness.

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The One With Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

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Preschoolers and kindergarteners around the country are celebrating today! It is Dr. Seuss’ birthday! I have one who falls into this category, but the other three do not. So I thought we would celebrate a bit at home.  They woke up to green eggs and ham (or bacon, whatever) for breakfast!eggs

There are a few reasons I like to celebrate this birthday.

1. It’s just fun!

2. As a mom, reader, lover of literature, and wannabe writer, I think that the man was brilliant!

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The One With ALL of the Testing

We are less than two weeks away from the beginning of testing here in Ohio. My fourth grader begins the last week of February and the sixth grader the following week. They will be tested again in May. I attended a meeting yesterday where the principal had a schedule of the district testing…3 pages long!

I am not going to bash Common Core here. In fact, the curriculum has some great aspects to it. I have seen the curriculum in North Carolina and Ohio and both have great strategies and much depth to what they are teaching the kids.

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The One with MLK

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I read this quote this week, and honestly, it is what motivated and inspired me to begin a blog. Not that this blog, or anything I ever say, will be anywhere near the great Martin Luther King’s words. I tell my kids regularly to get up and make things happen and don’t be afraid to fail, yet I don’t do the same.

Yes, I want my kids to be better than me and do great things. But I often feel like I’m JUST a mom. So I decided to put myself out there, and maybe, once in awhile say something that matters. I will probably not say anything profound or world changing, but I may write something that builds somebody else up.  Or creates a new idea or opens a mind.

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