Category Archives: Education

Smarts Aren’t Just the ABCs

I spend the majority of my day playing with and catering to my kids. We do spelling games, sound games, and rhyming games. We draw, trace and identify letters and numbers. We talk a lot. They used their first adverb … Continue reading

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Hilarious History

My husband’s brother has a boy a few months older than the girls. He sent us a video of his son answering many historical questions correctly. Who was the first President? George Washington. Who was the sixteenth President? Abraham Lincoln. … Continue reading

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It’s Art; Let Them Do It

On Saturdays, we do a family specials program that the kids love. We do gym, art, and music in quick succession. It’s metered out to a toddler’s attention span. For an adult, well, it’s quick enough to make your head … Continue reading

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Preschool Woes

“Mama, I don’t want to go to school. I want to stay home.” “But you like school, don’t you?” “No, I don’t like it.” “Well, what do you do in school. Play games? Read stories? Make sandcastles? Feed ducks? Sing?” … Continue reading

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The Rules of Preschool

This will be the preschool edition. Here’s a list of things that I have learned these past two weeks, the hard way. 1) When you drop your kid off, drop him off and go. They told me to do this. … Continue reading

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The Hygiene Hypothesis Disproved

Vindication for my dear friend, Jo. As you know by now, we’ve been sick since preschool started. We’re on day 13 of “oh, so I guess we’re all still sick.” We’re at the point where we’re sure every night before … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Cesspool, I mean, Preschool

So, it is Thursday. The babies should be well into their learning and playing at preschool. But no. They’re here with me. Watching Sesame St., no less. This is not because I feel I can do a better job teaching … Continue reading

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The Dreaded First Day of School

I’m sitting here, listening to the whirring of my kitchen lights because for the first time in the 18 months we’ve lived here, I can hear them. It’s quiet here, now, too quiet. I work from home, so you’d think … Continue reading

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The Preschool Problem – Part IV: The Visits

School  1:   I walk into the first preschool building with a twin on each hand at 12:30 p.m. It’s a small place, three rooms total, with a small playground outside. It’s old. It’s not sparklingly clean, but it’s not … Continue reading

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The Preschool Problem – Part II: The Phone Calls

Fun fact about preschools here: Did you know the registration takes place in January? In January! For the next year. January. See, my thought was, welp, the school year just ended, guess it’s time to call for the next one. … Continue reading

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