My son started school at six weeks old. Technically it was more of a daycare situation in the beginning, but the facility was actually a school. So as he got older, they taught him a lot: I have a binder full of his work from that facility - times when he finger painted, pictures of him learning sign language before he could speak, collages that taught him about textures and lots of tracings of his hand.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 28, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments
Have you ever found yourself betwixt the intense snares of a worthy competitor during a game of I Declare War, Who Sank My Battle Ship or Connect Four, who’s challenging your every move with statements that will make you second…Continue
Added by Niedria Kenny on January 3, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments
There is nothing that quite prepares you for parenthood. At no point of time before I had my son would I have believed that I would one day be genuinely proud of another human being for using the toilet.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 8, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
The trope of middle class parents forcing their kids to appreciate music by taking piano lessons is a cliché that is easily over a century old. While we parents have often sat through piano recitals that were probably as cringeworthy for us as for our kids, a good part of the…Continue
Added by Rachael Murphey on October 30, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments
One of the toughest things with bringing up kids is figuring out how involved you should get in their school life. Moms can’t know best about everything – and schools are (ideally) staffed with teaching and learning experts who should grow to understand your little one and figure out how to help…Continue
Added by Marilyn on October 4, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
How can you make science education more fun? Well, how about introducing some of the weird and wacky units of measurement that tend to be excluded from regular science lessons?
There’s not an ounce of fun in a centimeter, while miles-per-hour can induce a gallon of yawns. But across humankind’s long history of measuring stuff, we’ve come up with a few funnier ways to count, tot-up and otherwise quantify the world around us.
You can catch your kid’s attention with the ‘Mickey’,…Continue
Added by Marilyn on October 4, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments
Education, and the way teachers interact with their pupils, is constantly in a state of flux as institutions look to implement new technologies, research and policies into their own practices.
Take the computer as a prominent example. As computing power became more proficient and affordable, many schools and universities looked to integrate the new technology into the classrooms, offering students and teachers a new way of accessing and interacting with the curriculum.
Added by Jane Johntson on September 5, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments
When your child starts to learn a foreign language before they’re 10 years of age there is still a good chance that they can get up to native level. This is because, before that age, children can still reform the sounds they hear, understand and can form without an accent. That’s essential to learning a…
Added by Nelma Lumme on June 27, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments
If you are hesitant to get out of your own backyard to explore foreign places because you think people might not understand you, then you are missing out on the fun and excitement of exploring different destinations. As many people have said, traveling expands our life experiences and allows us to…Continue
Added by Rosela Diosana on March 23, 2017 at 12:42pm — No Comments
Like most new moms, I was a crazy worrier about Baby Bear. Was she developing properly? Learning everything "on time". What was she supposed to learn next? How could I help her learn? Honestly, I was obsessed (click here to read a letter to all mamas who think they don't do enough).…
Added by Shelby Stover on March 20, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
I have made two key points very clear to my son over the past year:
The first concept is an acknowledgement that I can't do everything at once, so if he sees me…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 13, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments
Right before Valentine's Day, I received several brightly colored pieces of paper letting me know that parents were invited into the classroom to secretly decorate their child's desk for February 14.…Continue
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
A lovely evening of Pretty Little Liars watching with my Lil mama bought upon some great conversation and as I fell asleep last night this is what I thought of again. So I wanted to talk about it with you.
Here's is a BIG question...
Should I admit I don’ have all the answers? I don’t really know everything after all?
Would it be so terrible of me to actually “be human”?…Continue
Added by Mari Corona on August 28, 2016 at 4:49pm — No Comments
On Monday, I shared some of the ways that I push my son so he learns about money and doesn't give up on trying new things. And that is all fine and dandy. But the real challenge for me will be pushing him academically without become a crazy, overbearing Mom in the process.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
My son recently went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. When I was a child, Chuck E. Cheese was a wonderland of fun games and chaos. Now that I am an adult, I think of it as a casino for children.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments
This past weekend, I helped my son make pancakes.
I phrased it that way on purpose, as this was the first time I let him take the lead in making pancakes while I supervised. Up to this point, I would only let him do the prep work and stir ingredients together. But this time I let him work with the batter on…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 21, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments
My son walked in while I was getting ready for work and said, "Mommy, I have some questions about ancient Egypt that I would like to talk about."
Of course he does.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 2, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments
I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments
Feeling guilty when you are parent is something that seems to become second nature. You just can't help yourself! Very often it's the little things that will rack you with guilt, sometimes (but rarely) it might be something big. This 'big'…Continue
Added by Steph on April 2, 2016 at 1:12pm — No Comments