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 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 […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on January 12, 2011

Tweet I can vividly remember my big brother and I asking our ma to read us Are You My Mother?  just one more time. It’s been 25 years since we moved from that townhouse on Killion Avenue, but it seems like yesterday that the three of us huddled on our parents’ bed as my ma read […]

Tweet When your kiddo is little, there’s nothing that they won’t talk to you about. I’ve seen many parents blush when confronted with frank questions from their little peanuts. Fast-forward ten years, and you’ll see the very same parent with the same kid (now a teenager), and they miss it. The same kids that made […]

Tweet Three weeks off for winter break. Six words. If you ran into a teacher who  said the phrase, I’m sure there was a dreamy look in their eyes and a smile on their face. I’m sure your smiling kids bounded through the door on Friday, shouted these words at the top of their lungs, […]

Tweet Isn’t it strange that sometimes we avoid the things that are best for us? I got a big lesson about that at my Thanksgiving celebration, which was far from traditional this year. Megs and I went on The Great Ducking Out Rally in Portland. It was fun. And so exciting. It was really nutty […]

Tweet You sent in your request. Your kiddo’s been assessed. You’ve done all that you can do, and now you’re sitting and waiting for the IEP meeting. Most parents don’t know that there’s something else you can do before you walk into that meeting. Did you know you can request the results from the assessments […]