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The Interesting World of Potty Training

The first time one of my students came up to me and told me he needed to “go sink the boat” I had no idea of what he was talking about. It took a few seconds but I finally figured out … Continue reading

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The Crying Room

I will admit it…..there are days when I don’t like some of my students.  It’s the days when they are whiney and fussy and can’t really tell me why.  By the end of the day they have worn me out! … Continue reading

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Please, Please Flush the Toilet!

There are skills that just need to be taught at home before a child enters kindergarten! These are the be “nice to others skills” that are just common sense lessons in life. My top 5 skills a child needs to … Continue reading

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A Guide For A Kindergarten Parent’s First Day of School

Your child’s first day of kindergarten is bitter sweet. Happiness with some sadness sprinkled in. It’s a milestone, not just for your child but for you too.  The first day can be stressful for you, your child and also your … Continue reading

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The Summer Brain Drain

School’s out!  But learning shouldn’t be. Around my junior year of college the School of Education at Kansas State University formed an advisory group of 8 faculty members and 2 students.  I was one of the students and even though … Continue reading

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May Day

Every year on May first one of my oldest friends e-mails me and asks me if I remember the May baskets. How could I forget! There were 10 of us within four years of age living in the same city … Continue reading

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Fleas and Pets

I have two dogs.  Molly, the oldest, is a 15 year old Schnauzer with definite signs of aging. Lucy, the stray we adopted, is about 3 or 4 years old. I have a carpet that needs to be cleaned frequently … Continue reading

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Google Lit Trips

Our first grade reader has the story Lost! by David McPhail as one of the selections. During the 1st year of reading it I realized that it was set in Boston (Swan Boats was the trigger) and would be a perfect … Continue reading

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Report Card Day in the Paperless World

Top 5 reasons I hate digital report cards: 1. Children aren’t handed a report card…..what is the fun in that?  Report card day used to be an important day. The anticipation of receiving it, the anticipation of opening it and … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Paperless

It’s 2012 and I am asking you, in the dawn of the world of digital storage, not to not go paperless.  I am asking you, in the age of reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose, not to go paperless.  I am … Continue reading

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