Category Archives: School

5 Reasons Pre-School Years Are Prime Time For Learning

Our family has some pretty strong thoughts on the importance of pre-school learning. Both of school-age kids attended pre-k programs, and we’re hoping the twins will start in April. Until then, we’re working on some learning activities at home and in the region. (This post contains affiliate links.) keep reading

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Back to School 2016

back to school 2016

No idea how this happened, but the Bigs have made it through eight days of school already. Before things become like Ari’s last day of first grade, we present the official back to school 2016 photos!

Okay, who stole our babies and told them it was okay to grow up and into a Kindergartner and Second Grader? I mean seriously. Thank goodness they think this is funny. keep reading

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Summer Bridge Activities

summer bridge activities

 This post, Summer Bridge Activities, is one such post. Thanks to Parenting Healthy for this information and giveaway of activities for the summer. Take it away! 

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This is the time of year to get your summer learning plan together. Ughh…summer learning! Don’t they deserve a break? That was always my thought before my son was school age. They do get a break because keeping that summer bridge learning does not involve dropping them off at 9am to a school for 6.5 hours 5 days a week. I have my son do 1 hour of learning activities in the mornings-after some cartoons but before the appropriate time to knock on neighbor friends doors to play for the day. In the evening we do a fun learning page in workbooks or I have him write about his day in 3-5 sentences and we do that together as part of our bedtime routine. That time means the world to keeping his brain working at his grade level and keeps his retention strong. keep reading

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Cultivating Healthy Learning Habits for the New School Year


Once more, it’s time to head back to school and hit the books. Returning from vacation and buckling down to lectures and homework isn’t fun, but there are ways to make the most of it. Whether you’re an enthusiastic, type A student or a leisurely type B one, here are some essential learning habits you should cultivate for the coming academic year. keep reading

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Back to School Tip: Label Daddy

We still have a month until the big kids are back in school, but it’s never too early to start thinking about getting ready. A few months ago, I was sent Label Daddy labels to review / use for back to school prep…and I let the summer get away from me. keep reading

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Support Pre-K with #IAmPreK

As a former teacher of a four-year-old program and kindergarten, I can tell you that early childhood education is super important. Because of that, I want to do everything I can to support my state’s program to ensure ALL kids get quality pre-k education. The “Pre-K for PA” campaign is dear to our hearts because our kids are reaping the benefits of people dedicated to this cause (THANK YOU!). keep reading

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A Win for Families in Pittsburgh: #ppsafterschool

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Source: Jason Cohn

Disclosure: This content has been compensated as part of an Early Childhood Education promotion for Pittsburgh Public Schools. However, all opinions remain my own. #ppsafterschool

What’s the main reason Greg and I maintain a working mom / stay-at-home dad family balance? Because balancing work, child care, and soon school are not the easiest jobs in the world. We’re lucky that I’m able to work to provide for the family, but not everyone has that flexibility. As you know, we went back and forth in the spring about what to do regarding Arianna’s (pre-)schooling, and finally settled in on a public school program that fits our family’s needs. keep reading

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Teacher Envy

This time of year, I have some serious teacher envy. I am on the “We don’t pay our teachers enough for what they do” bandwagon, so don’t think that this is about having time off at the holiday. I get off half a day on Christmas Eve, all day Christmas and January 1, plus a 2 hour “early dismissal” on New Years’ Eve. It’s my choice to go in to work in a quiet office where people are not responding to the things you are working on (until they come back happy and full from a fresh start to the year). It’s about the creativity and witnessing the wonder in the children. keep reading

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