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"What you focus on, grows." "What you focus on, grows." This is a quote I've been meditating on for a while now (long before we'd ever heard of COVID19) -- but right now it feels more important than ever. As...
A new school year is only weeks away, and I'm sure many would agree this may be the strangest one yet. These are unprecedented times as districts decide the safest way to resume learning in the fall after an...
To My Oldest Little Love, Since you were born and made us parents, your daddy and I have thought of kindergarten as being a million years away. But somehow, five-and-a-half years have passed – rather quickly – and it’s nearly...
Last spring, I found myself researching school options for my oldest boy, a rising kindergartener. When I say “researching,” what I really mean is obsessing over all his options as though my five year old were heading off to...
This is completely new territory for all of us, and please know that, as a teacher, I am grateful. I am still being paid. I am still employed. I am getting to spend more time with my son than...
End-of-the-Year Teacher Gifts :: Support Local Businesses We've Almost Made It We've almost made it to the end of the school year (almost being the key word here)! While we do not have to worry about end-of-the-year parties, recitals, and tournaments,...
Individualized Education Program I’ve been attending IEP meetings now for 13 years. That’s hard for me to believe as I type this. An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is much more than just a written legal document or plan for your...
In the South, people always ask about your upbringing. It’s really just polite conversation. Who’s your grandma? Where were you raised? Do you cheer for Auburn or Alabama? Where did you go to high school? That last question always gets...

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I recently wrote about WHY we homeschool. Today I will share HOW we homeschool. There are countless ways to go about it. Every single family does it differently because no two families are exactly alike. I’m simply sharing how...
Making school lunches for kids seems like an easy task, right? A Lunchable here, a turkey sandwich there . . . But even with my best intentions, sometimes my tiny human still comes home and says, "I didn’t like...

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