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

What makes a great teacher?


By Julie Samrick Mrs. Oetting got the name “Miss Shakespeare” because that is what she embodied to a class of otherwise squirrelly 5th graders. She got us excited about learning, namely about Shakespeare.  We performed plays in her class and learned a ton while doing so. We had a hand in every part of our… 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

Steve Jobs: The Chance to Dream


Did you know Steve Jobs did not allow his 3 children to watch television? It is ironic that the creator of so many technological inventions was also an advocate of unplugging. He believed that only when we literally and figuratively quiet the outside world would we realize the distinct paths we should take.   “Do… Read more