As excited as I was for Cavanaugh to get out of school for summer, I was also a little worried that we could spend months inside hiding out from Texas heat and mosquitoes while playing LEGOs and Minecraft. We needed a to do list of fun.
Luckily, one of my organizing clients was working on . . . → Read More: Set Up for Summer Fun with Kids
Do you notice here how my son–the one in the middle–is the only one without a towel? He started to shiver right after I took this pic and the boy next to my son leaned over to share his towel. I remembered to send the sandals and the swimsuit to his dad’s for a sleepover. . . . → Read More: Almost the Last Day of School, Finally!
We’re near the end of the school year so it may seem like a weird time to introduce checklists to kids, but this is the perfect time.
Earlier in my son’s life, checklists that told him to put on pajamas or brush his teeth didn’t feel like they’d be a big help considering I was . . . → Read More: Checklists for Cavanaugh
I wrote yesterday about why we should write teacher request letters for school. Today, I’ll share my teacher request letter for first grade.
Dear Principal _________,
I’m writing because I’ve spoken with (the classroom teacher) and (the school counselor) about the first grade teacher assignment for my son, Cavanaugh _________, next year. They said I . . . → Read More: First Grade Teacher Request Letter
The end of the school year is near and many schools are already making teacher assignments for next year.
As a parent, you can have a voice in this decision. While most schools won’t honor requests for a specific teacher by name, you still have an opportunity to let the school know about your child . . . → Read More: Write Your Teacher Request Letters Now
There’s been a lot of talk around here lately about how to avoid Cupid’s arrows, or avoid falling in love should one be hit by an arrow. Cavanaugh’s kindergarten teacher taught him how to do this. Apparently you’re supposed to look at your arm. Why? As she tells it, if a boy looks at a . . . → Read More: Avoiding Cupid
My son and I started a kindergarten letter campaign this summer. Not a political protest kind of letter campaign, a learning-his-letters campaign designed to prepare him for kindergarten.
The current Texas public school curriculum has moved what used to be first grade expectations down to kindergarten. For boys especially, this is a bad fit. Many . . . → Read More: Learning to Read
Cavanaugh turned six today. How is it possible that I gave birth six years ago? I’ve been remembering it all week, the double-check to make sure we knew had to use a car seat, the suitcases that had been packed using lists from pregnancy books and parenting magazines, all those plans for how it was . . . → Read More: Now We Are Six
It’s amazing how different kindergarten looks with a teacher that fits my son’s personality. The last times I wrote were about how we were coping with kindergarten (not well) and our fears about starting kindergarten. Now we’re in week five and the view from here (thankfully) is beautiful.
Cavanaugh’s first kindergarten teacher just wasn’t a . . . → Read More: A Great Kindergarten Teacher
Celebrating the end of the first week of kindergarten!
After I wrote my post about Cavanaugh starting kindergarten last week, I thought maybe I didn’t explain what I was so worried about. Maybe I’m crazy, or overprotective, or making stuff up. But I wasn’t. I am not. Kindergarten is hard, for my son, for . . . → Read More: Coping with Kindergarten