February 18, 2018

How to create a stronger math student before your child ever starts school

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By Julie Samrick I’ve shared how the years before kindergarten are optimal for playing games to create brighter students later on. And by specifically embracing numbers at an early age don’t be surprised when you’ve created a stronger math student too.    Sometimes when we wait to introduce concepts to kids, it takes them longer… Read more

Valentine Craft on a Budget

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I am helping in my daughter’s kindergarten class later today for their Valentine’s Day party.  I had to think of one of the crafts to do with them and thought the idea on the cover of the February issue of Martha Stewart Living was cute                    … Read more

49 Egyptian School Children Killed

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A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten in southern Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 49, officials said. Distraught families searched for signs of their loved ones along the tracks in the aftermath of the latest disaster to hit the country’s railway system. The bus was carrying more than 50… Read more

Stop Red Ribbon Week for the Little Ones

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By Julie Samrick Along with 80 million other Americans, my school-aged kids will experience Red Ribbon Week at their public elementary school this week. Although the intention behind such a week is noble, the reality of it thrust in my children’s day-to-day life makes me question the program’s goals.   Red Ribbon Week has been… Read more

Michigan Urges Earlier School Cut Off Date to Keep 4-year-olds Home


Michigan currently requires kids be 5 by Dec. 1 to enroll in kindergarten, one of just a few states with such a late cutoff date. A growing number of parents and educators would like to see that date changed to Sept. 1, so 4-year-olds would have an extra year to prepare for the increasing demands… Read more

Slow and Steady Wins the Rat Race

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As kindergarten registrations are being filled out across America, Lowry Manders, of the blog Mommy Manders, explains why she is happy her family has made the decision not to send her 5-year-old to kindergarten this fall.  She also reflects on a post she wrote last fall after viewing the documentary Race to Nowhere that makes… Read more

Thoughts on Red Ribbon Week

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Along with 80 million other Americans, my kids just concluded Red Ribbon Week at their public elementary school. Although the intention behind such a week is noble, the reality of it thrust in my children’s day to day life makes me question the program’s goals.   Red Ribbon Week has been held the last week… Read more

Rethink Redshirting Young Kindergartners

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Don’t redshirt young kids, or delay the start of kindergarten if they will be amongst the youngest in the class. This is what the authors of a new book Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College argue. The reason?  The more exposure to school, the better; delaying kindergarten by a year also… Read more

Breaking Free From the Cocoon

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My daughter, my shy 5-year-old, is quickly emerging from her cocoon of shyness in the short time she’s been in kindergarten. Whenever I ask about her school day, she is usually very short in her answers, smiling sheepishly the whole time. “Who did you eat snack with today?” I’ve asked, trying to get some information… Read more

What My 5-Year-Old Has Taught Me About Fashion

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My 5-year-old daughter has reminded me of a lesson lately (call it a lesson in organization, fashion… hoarding, I’ll let you decide).   Since she started kindergarten earlier this month she has taken her 5 new school outfits very seriously.  I hadn’t even noticed there were 5 at first, but boy do I know the… Read more