Tag: school

Common Core VS Texas

I have to say that when we moved back to Texas, I was really excited to be leaving the Common Core behind. I know that some of the concepts have spilled over to states that haven’t adopted it, but my hope was that the worst parts of it would not. I do see some similarities


Cost of Living State to State

Each time we move, I am shocked at the difference in cost of living from state to state. It’s understandable, some places are more appealing than others. Some places offer more jobs and opportunities, others have better weather and family friendly atmospheres. Some areas are incredibly crowded with no room for expansion, while others have


Is Technology What’s Stifling our Children’s Creativity?

I read an article the other day that stated children under the age of 12 should have no exposure to handheld devices. No tablets, phones, or even laptops. I do get where the author is coming from, but I think that’s a little bit extreme. The basis for his reasoning is that children should be


The Ivory Soap Experiment

I received a bar of original Ivory soap in the TLC VoxBox I received from Influenster this week and I almost couldn’t contain my excitement. Not because we use Ivory soap, but because I never think to buy it and I knew just how I’d use it. As the school year winds down, I thought


Entitlement

A few weeks ago at school, there was an award ceremony for a reading program they did for grades 1-3. First graders had to read 800 minutes, second graders had to read 1000 minutes, and third graders 1200. The children had five weeks to do it, the minutes had to be read outside of school,


Book Series for Kids- Grades 1-3

Little Luke is in first grade, and we are really blessed that he loves to read. On the weekends, he’ll sit down with a chapter book and read until he’s finished with it. It’s been a challenge to find enough books for him to read, and he tends to really like reading book series. We


Reading Level Correlation Chart!

For the past year or so, I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how some books are listed in Scholastic. I know it isn’t their fault that there are many different leveled reading programs used in school systems, but it can be confusing when books are listed with something that you aren’t familiar with. Our current and


How Much is Too Much?

Luke is mad at me. At least I think he is. He would never outright say he was mad, that’s just not in his nature, but I can tell. Right now he is playing indoor soccer and basketball. The week after those end, he starts baseball. When he asked if he could play tennis all


Failure… Good or Bad?

Personally, I think that failures are a difficult but very important part of our lives. Failing makes us work harder, and as children it makes us realize that in order to succeed we must put forth effort, that everything doesn’t necessarily come easy. BUT, it’s so hard to think of letting your child fail at


Violence in Schools is… Down?

I read an article the other day titled Two Killings Do Not a Trend Make: Homicides Remain Rare in Schools. Seems ironic coming on the heels of two homicides in schools in three days, right? Statistically speaking, violence in schools is down from what it was thirty years ago. I think that statistics are valuable