Exploring the Options for Your Graduating Teen Who Is Just Not Ready for a University

For some of us we still recall the fear and anticipation of the first day of our last year of high school. Our senior year was one of the first times in our almost adult lives where we were full of trepidation and excitement, anxiety, and aspiration… we were on the verge, at the edge of that precipice, that would determine where we would go, what we would do, and who we would become. As we looked down the barrel of our 12th grade year, we were eager for the thrill of our upcoming football season, but sad, because we would attend our last homecoming. We were elated to make our plans for prom, but poignant because this would be our final hurrah. And we were full of hope and enthusiasm as we walked across that stage to accept our diplomas, yet frightened at the same time watching our childhood slip away.

This incredible mix of emotions plagues every soon-to-be graduating senior and is basically a rite of passage – one of many into adulthood. For some, this journey is simpler, yet no less scary, as oftentimes these young adults have set plans, good grades, outstanding achievements, and a goal for their future. For others, this time can be absolutely terrifying as they have no direction, no set plans, and no idea of what they want to be when they grow up.

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Why I Redshirted My Child

Getting ready to send your baby to kindergarten is an emotional process for both the parents and the child. Many parents with summer or early fall babies, or “early” kindergarteners, often wonder if their child is in fact ready to head off to big kid school. There are many factors that a family may take into account when trying to decide to academically redshirt, or hold back, their child from entering kindergarten when they are of the appropriate age. Their child may not be academically or socially ready, they may be of small stature, or the parents may believe their child will have an advantage if they wait another year. Many experts believe that there is no benefit to academically redshirting children but each parent needs to make the best decision for their family and their child. Below is the story of one mom who decided to redshirt her child, and why she thinks it was their best decision.

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7 Unique Ways to Make the Most of the Summer Before Kindergarten

There is a lot of information out there about kindergarten readiness, or what to do the summer before kindergarten. But what about just enjoying the summer and making the most of the last few months together? The last few months of your babies being babies. (Well, let’s be honest they will be your babies forever). This summer is your last before kindergarten, but before you know it, it will be your last before college. Make it count.

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Exploring the World with Science: A pH Experiment

Education is the most important tool we can use to change the world around us. In today’s world, science plays a huge part in the future of the world. The sad part is that not all schools promote science in early education. That is why parents should help to bridge the gap and educate our children on the vast world of science. Young children learn by hands-on activities and by naturally exploring their world. Experimentation can help foster their learning. Below is a simple pH experiment to help get things rolling.

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Exploring the World With Science: Water Cycle

Water is all around us. It affects every facet of our lives. We need water for survival; 80% of our bodies are made of water. But where does water come from? The warming of spring and summer provides the perfect time to get out and explore the water around us. While we are enjoying the lazy days on the lake or the rushing waves of the ocean, stop to take a few minutes to educate your little one on the importance of water and where it comes from.

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Greek Life For Non-Greek Parents

If you haven’t personally experienced fraternity and sorority life, chances are everything you know about “being Greek” comes from a combination of Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and SNL.

These tongue in cheek depictions are far from the reality that young men and women experience throughout the country. We’ve put together some of the common questions that families want to ask before their son or daughter signs up for fraternity life.

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Rules for sending your crew to college

When you pack up the car and head off to the hallowed halls of college, it’s a far different world from when you kissed your baby goodbye outside the kindergarten classroom. As a parent, sending a child off to college is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as its own important stage of life. With the “dangers” of co-ed dormitories, late night parties, and professors with high standards, you’ll cross your fingers and hope your son or daughter has everything they need to be successful during their four (or 5-6 years) of undergraduate education.

We’ve put together a list of rules you should be aware of when your baby packs up their bags and heads to campus for the first time.

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Should You Redshirt your Kindergartener?

If you have a child with a late summer or early autumn birthday, the thought to hold your child back from kindergarten for one extra year may have crossed your mind. There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide if “big kid” school is right for your baby, and ultimately, as a parent, you know best. But we all want to do our research when making this decision as it will impact the rest of your child’s school career. That’s why we have put together some of the reasons for holding your child back and against holding your child back another year. 

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10 Ways to Master the School Carpool Line

When your child heads to elementary school, you have two choices when it comes to transportation: the big yellow school bus OR the family school bus, also known as YOU. We’re going to guess that you’ve decided to drive your child to school, but why do we discuss ways to master the carpool line now with only a few weeks until summer break?

Well, if you’re like many moms, your child is about to graduate preschool and will be going to kindergarten for the first time. While you may be an expert when it comes to stocking up on new clothes and fulfilling a school supply list, chances are that you have little to no practice when it comes to dropping off your kid at the curb. Furthermore, if your child attends a year-round school, you only have a few weeks off until the new year, and there are things you need to know before school starts. Which is why now is a perfect time to give you 10 brilliant ways to help you avoid dirty looks from other parents at your child’s school.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Magnet Schools

When you have kids, you don’t realize exactly how many decisions you have to make just by the time they’re 5 or 6 years old (let’s not even talk about how many decisions you have to make by the time they’re adults and start making decisions for themselves!). It starts with the brand of diapers to use and breastfeeding versus bottle feeding and doesn’t stop. Before you realize it, you have to decide on where to enroll them in school. For most families, the days where there’s only one elementary school in town are over. Most of us have a slew of choices when it comes to schools – from traditional public schools to magnet schools, charter schools, and private schools. And there’s also the option of home schooling.

One great option in the public school system is a magnet school. You may not have considered a magnet school. You may not know what they are or whether they even exist in your area. They’re not offered in every school district, but if you’re lucky enough to have magnet schools in the mix, they’re definitely not an option to overlook.

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Gifts Teachers Will Actually Love

The end of the school year is upon us. Before you grab your kids and run off on summer vacation, it is time to take a moment to show some love to the teachers who have been pouring so much into your children all school year long. Teachers are such a huge part of our kids’ lives. It is bittersweet to move on at the end of the year to the next grade. You are sad to say goodbye to the teachers your child has grown to love, but excited to get to know the new teachers in the fall. Each teacher shares a little piece of his or her heart with your children, and your children carry that through the rest of their lives. To show your love and gratitude this year, think outside the box when it comes to teacher appreciation gifts. Here are a few gifts we’ve gathered that teachers will actually love.

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Scientific Proof Why You Should Read to Your Baby

It’s no secret that children often learn by our interactions with them. We may think that cuddling, singing, and playing with our babies are just simple bonding activities, but they are so much more than that. Many studies show that the more we talk to our babies, the more they learn. Communicating with your child is pivotal for his/her growth and development. One of the best ways to promote aural learning is to simply read to your child.

So, while it may seem silly to walk around Target humming songs, pointing out colors, or simply reading to an infant with no verbal communication skills of their own – do it. Babies learn about speech, language, and reading skills long before they actually begin to speak and read on their own.

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Tips For Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School

As parents, we all want our children to be safe, happy, and healthy. We hope that as they start school, the first big step toward independence, they make friends easily, find a great group of peers, and excel in a fun, engaging classroom with a wonderful, caring teacher. During the transition from either home or preschool to the larger, educational environment of the public school system, we as parents worry that our children will be lost in a larger system, left behind, or bullied. This exciting (and nerve-wracking) time can be an adjustment period for everyone in the family.

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7 Different Learning Styles: How to Engage Your Learner

If your child is school age or approaching it, you may notice that they prefer learning one way over another. Don’t stress trying to put your child into a “learning style” box. No learning style is better than another. Most emerging learners are like people, better when they are a collaboration of many different styles and ideas. You may find some children have a more dominant style, while others have a dominant style that varies depending on the activity. Observe your child in play by themselves and with others; you may start to notice a natural preference.

There are seven main styles of learning: Visual, Aural, Verbal, Logical, Social, and Solitary. It is important to understand learning styles and how to better engage your child. You can work with your child in their preferred method for some learning, then try combining others ways to help learn from another approach. Below we’ve broken down what each one means and different ways to engage and challenge your emergent learner.

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6 Engaging Book Series for Developing the Mind

“Read me another chapter, Mommy” is the nightly mantra in our house as I turn off lights and tuck in covers… there is no end to the creative ways my children will find to get me to read them more stories. And I know, this doesn’t seem like it should be a problem, and it’s really not, but as we already read at least five story books and two chapters of whatever series we are currently engaged in nightly, there truly isn’t enough time. As an avid reader myself, and the progeny of a lawyer and an educator, it is no surprise my children love books. My gift from my parents for my 1st pregnancy was a full-size crib FULL OF BOOKS… and I mean full. Since then I have carried on this collection as I too love children’s books.

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