Melissa

Tweet Summer is a busy and fun. It’s also a time an alarming number of kids forget some of things they spent so much time learning during the school year. Here’s four easy and authentic ways you can reinforce those Math skills when you’re out and about: 1. Mall Math How many cars in the […]

Tweet Once school’s out, most kids don’t even want to look at a pen and paper. There are three ways that you can ensure that writing is an exciting outlet for your child’s creativity. 1. Write a Letter There are few things in life that bring me more joy than finding a real letter in […]

Tweet Teachers, students, parents . . . we all get the same sick feeling in the pit of our stomach when we realize after the first reading assessment after summer that a kid’s reading level has dropped half a grade level, a whole grade level, or even more. It’s not surprise, though. The brain is […]

Tweet Summer is a great time to learn. I’m a huge advocate for turning off the TV so that kids have rich opportunities to learn to make their own fun, problem solve, and engage in activities that stimulate their imagination. I also know that sometimes the only “Me Time” you can get is by turning […]

Tweet Baby Daniel.                                                                      This was what this sweet baby looked like the last time most of you saw him. It was what he looked like the last time I saw him. I know that so many of you were instrumental in raising money to save this baby’s life. I want to thank you for that, […]

Tweet Sometimes my parents say they can’t believe their three kids were raised in the same house by the same two people. We’re all soooo different. My brother was a star athlete in high school while my sister and I were bench warmers. My sister could pass any test without ever studying, but didn’t get […]

Tweet I had a parent come to me at the beginning of the year. She asked me what she could do to support the classroom. I could tell she could be my “go-to parent.” She was organized, involved, and attentive. For a moment, possibilities raced through my head: field trip coordinator, parent volunteer organizer, phone […]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on February 11, 2011

Tweet As you know we end each week with our uphill climbs and our downhill celebrations, below is a glimpse of how my week went. Uphill Climbs This week I felt like I was trying to master a juggling act, and it was impossible to keep all of the balls in the air. There’s always […]

Tweet The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other. – David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd There are many times that we become friends with people because of things we have […]

Tweet We’ve all got it. When someone messes with our kids it’s easy to switch into Momma Bear mode. It’s pretty hard for me to take a breath before I do it, and they’re not even my real babies. I have no idea how you, the real momma must feel when someone hurts your kid’s feelings! There’s one thing I do […]