Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??

This is hard for me to admit, much less put it into writing. It makes me feel vulnerable, but here I go. My second grader is struggling with reading. When we do phonics or attempt to read together, he immediately gets uptight and starts to fidget. It's like he convinced himself that reading is too … Continue reading Do all kids read by the beginning of second grade??

Watching my kid in gymnastic’s class gives me that worried constipated look

My five-year old daughter has been dreaming of doing cartwheels for months now, which probably seems like an eternity for a small person. Much to my dismay, she has been practicing her jumping, bending, climbing, and tumbling any chance she gets. The look on her face is priceless though; at the end of some acrobatic … Continue reading Watching my kid in gymnastic’s class gives me that worried constipated look

Cheers for an awesome 2018-2019 school year

School is or almost in session for fall 2018. On social media, I see pictures of kids heading off to school, kids smiling for the camera holding "First day of ......," and all the back-to school shopping ads. Beyond these first few days, I hope everyone has a splendid, productive, memorable, and discovery-filled year!! The … Continue reading Cheers for an awesome 2018-2019 school year

Annual hands-on summer project with the kids, featuring Pink-Spotted Ladybugs

Each summer my kids and I dabble in a project involving low-maintenance pets. Three summers ago was goldfish that survived only a few days (before its overfeeding); last summer involved raising caterpillar to butterflies; and this summer we raised larvae into ladybugs, specifically called Pink-Spotted Ladybug. *If you like, you can check out the full … Continue reading Annual hands-on summer project with the kids, featuring Pink-Spotted Ladybugs