School Years

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Well, it's September and everyone seems to be sending their first child off to kindergarten or pre-school for the first time. My Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds have been full of pictures of kids standing by doors with year...
Last week, my son started preschool. It wasn't something that we prepared for, and honestly, it was a last-minute decision brought on by circumstances beyond my control. I never imagined that I would send my almost-two-year-old to school this...
Can you believe summer is almost over?  Target has already brought in their Back to School section, kids' clothing ads are all over television, and parents are making the most of the few weeks they have left before school starts...
I knew I wanted to try something new for lunchtime last fall as my three year old started preschool. He’d always been a pretty good eater at home, but he’d often come back hungry from Mother’s Day Out after...
I know there's a lot of talk out there about letting your kids use your phone or iPad and some people try to avoid screen time for their kids. I'm not one of those people. As a matter of fact, I'm...
Our mornings start pretty late, with me rolling out of bed around 7:30, or whichever time our 18 month old, Abigail, decides to wake up for the day. Sophie (our 4 year old) has been awake since Husband got...
My three year old is starting preschool for the first time. He's ready. I'm not sure I am. The trickest part of all of this: The Backpack. The very bag that my little one packs full of snacks and his...
Today my five year old son and I will go to a kindergarten readiness meeting. They will ask him some questions about shapes, letters, and colors and then we'll be on our way. But, I'm a little upset that...

Learning to Read, Part 2

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Alright, you've gone through the check list on my Is Your Child Ready to Read post and you think your child is ready. Yay! Well, here are a few things you need to help you start teaching your child...
As a former first grade teacher, I've had the privilege of teaching many, many kids how to read.  Getting to see the hard work pay off when the skills all come together and a child "gets it"  is one...
As the end of the school year rolls around, most Dallas parents are facing the looming question: "Where will my child(ren) go to school in the fall?" For some it will be private or charter schools, for some public...
Yes, you read that right.  In three short weeks, my daughter will be starting her first day of school.  Well, technically it's not school.  It's more of a mother's day out program.  And it's just one day a week,...

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Ask any Dallas mom where to take kids downtown, chances are their list includes the West End, the Perot, and Klyde Warren Park. Don’t get...