Drawing outside the lines.
You have to come in and be totally prepared, and then be prepared for not being prepared. It's really about finding the energy to show up and focus on the kids.
With only one year -- kindergarten -- under our belts and no older sibling to pave the way, I'm still fairly new to all of this. When you find yourself throwing your hands up in the air and wondering, "is she even trying?" please know the answer is yes.
Last year, I sent my oldest "baby" to kindergarten. My dreams of a utopian school year were only crushed by one person: me.
I loved my first grade teacher. Her first name was Dorothy, the same as my grandmother's. She was interesting and seemed to devote a lot of time to me... and I loved her... until she sent home the note.
I didn't ask for too many details, even when I heard the word "farm" being thrown about. Because a farm is just a less exotic zoo with no concession stand, right? And maybe I'd get to pet a bunny or a baby pig.
Two educators with over 20 years of experience working with students answer your questions regarding reading strategies, essay writing, homework habits and math challenges.
With the three kids off for the day, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. But the first grader asked, almost first thing after breakfast, "When are we going to vote?"