Moving to the Big Leagues!


Life is filled with transitions, that’s for sure. A couple pretty big ones are going on in our house at the moment, probably like yours. Moving to the Big Leagues! At least in spirit and love. Tonight I write from my heart, sharing a sweet story of family and personal growth, our will tested, our […]

Why Preschool Matters to Kindergartners

As I paused at a stoplight across from the local elementary school this morning, I saw a familiar sight that brought back memories… Carpool line. Moms and dads giving last minute hugs and kisses and straightening backpacks. First day of Kindergarten! Some drove out of the school lot and on their way. Others pulled into […]

Learning To Swim. Letting Go of Our Floaties!

Summer. A time to rest, relax, rejuvenate, reflect and plan. Before we know it, school bells will ring and here we go again. Tonight I’m writing from head and heart, hoping to inspire you to take a giant leap forward in your school and life. Make it happen. Just do it. Kinders are fearless. Why […]

They Aren’t Interested in Anything.


The last several weeks and months have been busy ones as I’ve been getting used to my new job and figuring out how to manage all the competing priorities in my life. How does she do it all? Well, I don’t always do it all very well, so there’s that! It’s been harder, in this […]

Why Elementary School Children Need Stress Relievers


My husband, who was a math major in college, received this text from our daughter, who is a veterinarian with strong math skills:”If dad is bored, he can think of a word with uppercase letters that has 5 acute angles, 2 obtuse angles and 5 right angles.”This is her third grade daughter’s homework. It took […]

Connecting with PreK: Intentional Staff Development Opportunities

With a nudgefrom this year’sMN Pre3 Principal Leadership Serieswe have been looking at ways to more intentionally work with our preschool educators in our community. On Wednesday, March 9th we will put this into action with our first preK/K collaborative staff development opportunity. Goal:Create aPreK-K Literacy Workshop 1.1Engageyour learning community in understanding the importance of […]

Accidental Assessment


I’ve had several anguished conversations with friends in the past few weeks. These are people with young children, particularly boys, who are watching their kids disengage from school, start to feel anxious about school, begin to dislike school. Whereas backpacks and shoes used to fly on in the morning, now they have to coax and […]

Dick and Jane Go To Kindergarten. Yikes!

What should Kindergartners be expected to know? Ginn’s Dick and Jane Big Book, 1948 What should kindergarteners know about reading? Dick and Janetaught a lot of kids how to read, even though not every yard had a pony. We’ve come a long way with rich literature and real life writing. But there is a chasm […]

Haggling: A Fun Way to Compare Numbers


Maintaining a steady stream of engaging math activities is difficult. Math can become monotonous if there’s a lack of variety, yet children need to practice many skills repetitively before mastering them. So, my job as a teacher is to regularly embellish basic skills lessons in unique ways. I must experiment and adapt regularly, because different […]

Get Gritty and Grow


Before, when I would hear the word ‘grit’ I would think of John Wayne. A strong, silent figure standing in solidarity with a cigarette and a 5 o’clock shadow; this embodiment of grit refuses to smile and takes no prisoners. Tough and strong, grit is essentially acowboy. So how did my association of the word […]

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