Where Have All the Students Gone?

Posted November 3, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

During the month of November, my kid will get approximately 15 school days of instruction in the classroom. I have a feeling her peers in Singapore aren’t taking every Thursday afternoon off so their teachers can “collaborate.”

10 Tips to Avoid Doing Your Kids' Homework

Posted November 2, 2009 by Julie Rains

Some parents spend many school nights supervising and struggling with their children's homework. I am a lousy homework helper so I have found some ways to get my kids to stop bugging me. Here are 10 tips to get your kids to do as much for themselves as possible.

Create Your Own Spa with Magnificent Manicures Kit

Posted October 29, 2009 by Fred Lee

Manicures and pedicures are at your fingertips in these exciting new kits from Elmer’s Glue.

Child Calls 911 for Math Help

Posted October 14, 2009 by Lynn Truong

A four-year-old calls 911 for Math help. You can't blame him -- he was just following instructions.

Testing, Testing

Posted September 28, 2009 by Maggie Wells

As a giver of tests, a taker of tests, and a mom of two kids on the verge of their testing life. I’m beginning to wonder -- what are all the tests for really? Do they measure anything useful at all? And why are we so wrapped up in testing?

Forced to Fund-Raise?

Posted September 10, 2009 by Marla Walters

Are fund-raisers cropping up at your children's school, yet? Do you want them to pitch in? How do you, as a parent, feel about the reasons and the pressure?

Voluntary Insanity: 5 Volunteer Jobs Parents Will Actually Volunteer For

Posted September 8, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

To really involve parents, the PTA needs to come up with some volunteer positions that are more suitable for today’s mom-on-the-go. I know everyone’s short on time, so I came up with the following list to help them out.

Let Them Read Junk?

Posted September 1, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

I’m a little put off by these supernatural horror stories whose cover images and back copy are enough to keep me up at night. But my son likes him. And they make him want to read. But is that enough?

Best of Parenting: What You Need to Know About Sharing Breast Milk

Posted August 21, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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This week’s roundup of the best parenting articles come with enough inspiration to get dads in the conversation, too! We tackle cleaner homes, jaw-dropping baby showers, and whether sharing breast milk is a good, or even safe, idea.

Best of Parenting: The Back-to-School Edition

Posted July 31, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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It’s almost time! Whether you ship them off to public school, suck it up and teach them yourself, or something a little bit in between, we’re all feeling the season change. These blog posts from our favorite parents will give you some food for thought before your life gets too hectic again. Take a deep breath…. School is right around the corner!

4 Really Cool Green (and Blue and Red) Art Projects for Kids

Posted June 27, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I love preassembled art crafting kits for kids. Recent budget-tightening and an increased interest in recycling, however, have led to some new opportunities to get especially creative with our homeschool craft routine. Check out the four top picks from our dining room table, and see how they can be adapted to fit your creative time!

Movers and Shakers

Posted May 17, 2009 by Fred Lee

Educational experts are beginning to understand the importance of physical activity as a part of learning.

Pretentious or Productive? The Parent-Child Book Group

Posted May 11, 2009 by Marla Walters

With summer reading time just around the corner, parents may be anticipating trips to the library and bookstore. Should you consider forming, or joining, a book group with your child?

Coping With Group Projects

Posted April 24, 2009 by Julie Rains

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Teachers seem to assign group projects on a routine basis now vs. hardly ever when I was a student. But not everyone likes group work. I particularly enjoy the observation of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird that “miles of construction paper and wax crayon were expended by the State of Alabama in its well-meaning but fruitless efforts to teach me Group Dynamics.” Here are ideas on coping with group activities.

Watching TV: A Poor Substitute For Learning

Posted April 14, 2009 by Fred Lee

Contrary to all the marketing claims, researchers have found that watching TV has no educational benefit and might actually be detrimental to your child’s development.

Book Reviews – Higher! Higher! and Baby Happy, Baby Sad.

Posted April 5, 2009 by Paul Michael

“Grrreaatt!” said Olivia, “this book is gonna be mine forever!” Isla looked on with an orange-slice smile. “Yeah! I want another one book. More book please!” That was the consensus of my two little girls, and I had to agree.

Is Your Son Ready for Kindergarten?

Posted April 1, 2009 by Rosemerry Wahto...

Sure he can count to 10, say his ABCs and zip his own coat, but does that mean your boy should begin his formal education? He may be five, but is he prepared? Here are some pros and cons for sending Junior off to school at the earliest opportunity.

Just Say No to Volunteering in the Classroom

Posted February 23, 2009 by Maggie Wells

Does your kid's school ask you to volunteer? Why should you have to? Do you do your dishes when you go to a restaurant? DO you read your own X-rays at the hospital? Why are we supposed to be in the classroom?

When Manga Meets Mathematics: New Textbooks for a Cooler Home School

Posted December 6, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

What do statistics and cartoons have in common? They are both combined beautifully in a new study guide for students that blew me away with its practicality and possibilities. Intrigued? This book is just the beginning.

Holiday Card Action

Posted December 1, 2008 by Maggie Wells

Stuck without a way to make your children think of something besides their lists for Santa? Join my family as we participate in Amnesty International's Holiday Card Action.