Previously I wrote an article breaking down greatschools.org ratings by showing the scores of several schools within the Winston Salem, NC area. The gist of that article was that high tests scores (and especially greatschools.org ratings) do not mean that a school is high caliber. Although parents continually hang their hat on that hook. Interestingly, … Continue reading Here’s A Cautionary Tale To Every Parent Who Thinks High Test Scores Equal A Great School
Picking an elementary school can be terrifying. As parents we are concerned for our children. We want our child to love learning, to be around good friends. to avoid bullying, to get good grades, and to be ready for advanced schooling. We are worried about the school our child attends because we're scared their future … Continue reading This Is How To Pick The Best School For Your Child
Our schools' gifted programs often do cool things, but they don't really focus on getting advanced kids into more advanced material. Often times they spend a lot of time doing STEM activities (can't any kid benefit from and contribute to building a robot?). Plus, most times these students miss class and then have work they … Continue reading How To Support Gifted Students In A Public School
Last week I posted an article on Halloween activities. I wrote down a few of my favorite books and realized that I had a huge list of books to share. And so I compiled them and organized them to share here for you! Happy reading! P.S. I linked the books through several different websites. But … Continue reading The Ultimate Educational Halloween Booklist For K-12
Special education... Ah. The best and worst B.S. out there. We love it, we need it, and we hate it. In this article you will never read "public school" special education is B.S... because the special ed. crap certainly is not limited to public schools. And some public schools actually do have their crap together. … Continue reading This Is Why Traditional Special Education Practices Are Bull S*#@
A lot of stuff we think know about recycling is outdated or incomplete, or we hear or read one part of the recycling picture and hang our hats on that alone. Our relationship with the planet is complicated. There is rarely one right way to solve a problem... in fact, problems often need several solutions. … Continue reading How To Actually Teach Your Kids About Recycling And Conservation
I have LOVED creating this list! I am currently working on an outdoor preschool curriculum and found/came up with all these cute ideas. Once my curriculum is completed, I will let you know! In the mean time, check out these 50 (plus a few) nature learning activities that you can do with your preschooler! Colors … Continue reading 50 Outdoor and Nature Inspired Learning Activities For Preschoolers
I recently received this question from a parent: What I would like to see you write about is the electronic evolution in schools in which nothing is on paper anymore, no text books, work books, etc. I'm struggling with this especially for my middle schoolers where I can't ever see the breakdown of a grade … Continue reading How Can I Help My Child In School When Everything Is Virtual?
Most parents agree that they need to be involved with their child's education. But where's the balance between being a helicopter parent and too "stand-off?" Well, here's 5 ways to be involved and empower children at school.