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All Blog Posts Tagged 'school' (357)

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

He's got his Father's eyes and his Mother's algebra skills

As mentioned on this blog before, math and I have had a rocky relationship. I try not to talk to my son about it though. He is still young enough that I want him to acquire his own likes and dislikes at school. (So far: He doesn't like music class, but all the rest are fine. That makes sense to me - my son has never been much of a singer.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 7, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

Your Game Plan to Ace Your Tween's School Open House

New backpacks are getting worn in.

The new shoes are a bit scuffed.

The mounds of paperwork are flowing in, your hand is probably tired from signing your name so much.

Right in the middle of the pile of paperwork is the notice for this year's Open House.

Ok, don't panic. This is a different year, new teacher and you have a new opportunity to get a new game plan for this year's Open House.

This year's open house is…

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Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 5, 2016 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Redesigning the school year

My son has caught me in a technicality.



The problem is that I told him camp lasted all summer but he knows that summer lasts through most of September. I failed to tell him the difference between "school summer" and "seasonal summer."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 5, 2016 at 7:32am — 3 Comments

Redesigning the school year

My son has caught me in a technicality.



The problem is that I told him camp lasted all summer but he knows that summer lasts through most of September. I failed to tell him the difference between "school summer" and "seasonal summer."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 5, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.



He frowned at me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

How to Keep Your Latchkey Preteen Safe this School Year

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It’s back-to-school time again, and if you are working full-time outside of the home then you may be faced with…

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Added by MamaMadHatter on August 18, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You gotta know when to push them (part 2)

On Monday, I shared some of the ways that I push my son so he learns about money and doesn't give up on trying new things. And that is all fine and dandy. But the real challenge for me will be pushing him academically without become a crazy, overbearing Mom in the process.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Getting sick at daycare

My son started daycare at 6 weeks old. I remember the heartbreak of leaving him (he was so little!) and the relief of picking him up on that first day (he had gotten bigger!). I did love that facility - the nurturing attitude, the brightly lit rooms, the web cameras for me to check in on him throughout the day.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Reading for reading's sake

My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

The Karate Kid Check-In Part 2

Early bird gets the worm…

I don’t know what it is about this gym, but I really like it there.  The lady who seems to be in charge was there alone when we arrived early for class and I talked to her about Martial Arts a little since we had time.

With that time I immediately asked some…

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Added by Patty Gordon on April 5, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Why Our Child Goes to Public School

Monday when I dropped Elijah off at school, I noticed the message on the school marquee sign about kindergarten registration. I can hardly believe that it’s been almost a year since that same announcement made my heart sad.

Last year at this time, Brad and I…

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Added by Kishona Lape on March 3, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

21 Questions to Ask Your Preschooler

Dear Diary,

This fall, Caitlynn started school. My little girl--who wasn't even on earth a few years before--was sitting in a classroom, learning letters, singing songs and making friends. So much goes on in the span of six hours. Although I would love to call off work and spend the day in pre-k, I have to make money to pay the tuition that posts to my bank account on the first of the month. To make sure I don't miss out on anything, I generated a list of questions to find out how my…

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Added by Heather Hopson on February 22, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

My most stressed out time as a parent is ahead of me

There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:

  • The amount of time you will spend talking about your child's bowel movements
  • The way you will react the first time your child has a public meltdown …
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Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad. I don't know how she knew that about me, but if I started to feel blue, she would hop up next to me (she was never a lap cat) and purr to let me know that I wasn't alone in the world and she had my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

One Question I'll Be Asking My Children (& Myself) Everyday

Yesterday when I picked up Elijah from school, I did the same thing nearly every parent does when they see their children at the end of the day:  I asked him, “How was your day?

I actually hate that question. It’s so cliché, but even more so, it never really invites real…

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Added by Kishona Lape on January 21, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

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