I have a vivid memory of my parents installing a built-in desk in my room. It was a counter that was affixed to the wall, but I loved it. I thought of all the work that I would do at that desk. I made designer outfits with fashion plates and colored pictures and set up villages for my dolls there.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments
For most parents, school and their kid’s desire to get educated (or, should I better say, the lack of thereof?), are among the biggest child-raising challenges they face. When your smart, beautiful child refuses to make the full use of his potential and comes home from school with…Continue
Added by Helen Shep on July 13, 2017 at 8:57am — No Comments
At least once a week I have an argument with my son over homework. I fully understand his position: He doesn't want to do it. I am not sure that he understands my position, however: Homework is a part of school; it is a way to show comprehension of materials learned during the week. I am just trying to read him his spelling words.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.
This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments
The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.
He frowned at me.…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments
My son has been in school since he was six weeks old. Not daycare. School. Before he reached preschool age, he had endured extensive homework requests to put together collages of various themes, build beanstalks, retell stories and (once) to build a robot. And we did it all because education is important to me.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments
Imagine this: School is over. Your children go to their after-school sports activity or music lesson and finally comes home. They have time to play outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. At the dinner table, everyone has time to talk about their day before retiring for their separate activities for the evening. Your children go to bed on time.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments
Crying at the kitchen table.
Papers sprawled everywhere.
Way pass our bedtimes.
No, it's not tax season.
It's me trying to help my tween with her homework.
Well, that used to be me.
I have my limits and knew that this wasn't…Continue
My son is in real school now: He has defined classes, grades and real homework. So far, he has loved all of it.
As we continue on his academic journey, I am trying to keep a close eye on how he handles the structure and rules of school. Especially tests. He had a math test last week that he was excited to…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments
Full disclosure: Math was not my favorite subject in school. But even though I didn't care for math, I still made really great grades in it.
To me, math was too finite. If I was writing an essay, I could write my way out of a corner. With math, you were either right or wrong with your answers. And my…
In my little corner of the world, school starts next week. And all around me I hear the moms talking about various after school programs and which ones they are avoiding because they don't encourage children to complete their homework first.
And I can hear that they are already stressed out over their…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
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Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on July 24, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments
As mentioned before in this blog, my Mom told me that my job was to be a good student. She expected me to make excellent grades, and she was clear on her expectations. (Not Tiger Mother level of expectations, but her point was clear.) She told me I was smart; I believed her; I did well in school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
I have some memories of doing my homework when I was little: The phonics workbooks at the small table in the kitchen while my mother cooked; math homework with a friend where we didn't understand what we were doing and later found out we did the homework completely wrong; studying spelling words alone at my desk in my bedroom (that last one never worked out for me).…Continue
** There's nothing like having your kids barge into your bathroom and present you with a Valentine while you're standing there buck naked.…
** If I'm in the woods today, I need to avoid men wearing hockey masks.
** Listening to an eleven year old sing in the shower is nothing short of AWESOME.…
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 13, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments
** Short weeks make you feel like every day is Friday.
** They also make you angry to find out that every day is not, in…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 23, 2015 at 7:40pm — No Comments
** It's hard to play Dr. Kevorkian, even to a Beta fish who's dying a very slow death.
** Helping with Spanish homework when you don't speak a lick of Spanish is like trying to cook a gourmet meal when you can't even boil…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 16, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments