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I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Learning Lessons From A Little Boy

Cort Ruddy | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

"You lost dessert when you took your pants down at the table." I actually said that to him after dinner one day recently. As the girls all laughed, including his mother in a seriously-suppressed sort of way, I told him that it wasn't funny to moon the table.

Kindergarten And The Real World

Shari Medini | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

When you are a mom of little kids, you can choose to stay home all day for no particular reason. You can cancel plans and play on the floor all day. Now, keeping my son home for a lazy day would be an unexcused absence.

How My Kindergarten Teacher Inspired the Name of Our Family Business

Jessica Katz | Posted 03.04.2015 | Small Business
Jessica Katz

I was sitting on my bed, struggling to keep my eyes open as the sun began to light up the corners of my room. Both of my parents sat down on my mattress and gently broke the news to me. We were surrounded by petal pink walls and dollhouses, but the softness of the room couldn't contain my shock.

What I Realized When I Read My Son's Report Card

Karen Cordano | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

When I was growing up, I was not a popular kid. I was not a beautiful kid. I was not an athletic kid. I was a smart kid.

Letter From the Weird Mom at Kindergarten Orientation

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

I know that sometimes talking to me seems like being inside a Surrealist painting. I'm just so weird. You'd think I'd be used to people's reactions by now.

A Little Time With My Sweetheart

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

Shelly is at that stage where she still rents a stroller and sets up play-dates and all of that new mom fun stuff. I miss those days.

Is There School Today?

Philip Kovacs | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Philip Kovacs

A myopic focus on reading and math has turned kindergarten into a place where unique beings go for standardization, followed by 12 more years of it. This standardized approach to learning supposedly prepares them for placement in an economy that no longer exists.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Rae Pica | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

To learn more about the the recent report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose," from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Project, listen to this discussion with three exceptional early childhood professionals.

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: What Will it Cost in the Long Haul?

Diane Levin | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Diane Levin

It is urgent that we begin to ask what the school "reform" mandates will do in the long haul to our children, our schools, or families and beyond. Who has any sense of the longitudinal effects of the current model in 10 or 20 years?

What I Learned at Kindergarten Drop-Off

Karen Cordano | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

He shook me off halfway to the sidewalk. "Mom. I've got this." He trotted towards the school without a backwards glance. My throat burned again as I watched him.

4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

Rob Furman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We need to take a serious look at our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs before we have a generation of students so far behind they will never catch up.

A Thank-You Note To My Daughter's Kindergarten Teacher

Justine Solot | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Solot

You teach her about sentences, periods and question marks. At home, she draws pictures and labels them, sounding out each syllable of each word. A blanket of sentences and drawings cover our tables and floors.

What It's Like To Be A Personal Assistant To A Kindergartner

Meredith Franco Meyers | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Franco Meyers

I realized today that I am the personal assistant to a diva celebrity, without any of the implied benefits.

Just Another Lockdown, Move Along Now

Bridgette White | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

It is a sad reality that these drills are part of the world we live in. I will never understand how someone could feel so alone, desperate and be that deranged as to shoot kids. But it happens.

An Open Letter to My Kindergartener's 'Boyfriend'

Chris Cate | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Today, my 5-year-old daughter informed me she has a boyfriend and that this hooligan (my words, not hers) is you. Before you try to tell me you didn't know that you were her boyfriend, you can rest assured that I presumed that to be the case. Nobody would be so foolish as to court my daughter without asking for my permission first, right?

1st Grade and the 1st Year of College

Eric J. Furda | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I returned to my son's school for 1st Grade back-to-school-night (apple juice and pretzels anyone?), the Head of School and Division Head could have also welcomed the Class of 2018 Penn Parents a few weeks earlier.

After the Drones: Open Letter to President Obama

Suna Senman | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Suna Senman

While you send our drones and other military might to physically arrest the "cells" like radiation and chemotherapy, invest in building healthy cells to replace these.

Time Marches On

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Your teacher was going through the developmental checklist with me, and when she got to the part about whether or not you could speak in two-word sentences, she laughed and said, "Cleo speaks in paragraphs, always with a huge smile."

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

I just stared at her, my jaw lying on the floor. What was happening? Was this a dream? Where was my daughter and who on earth was this heaven-sent angel standing before me?

n the Fifth Day of Kindergarten...

Karen Cordano | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

The best parenting advice comes from my friend whose kids are about a year older than mine. She is close enough to the struggles I'm facing to remember clearly, but far enough away to have gained some clarity.

The Day I LOST It Doing Homework With My Kid

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

I wanted him to do it by himself. And I wanted it to be good. I wanted it to be the best damn poster presentation on Spain the kindergarten teacher had ever seen.

What I Learned From My Daughter's First Day of Kindergarten

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

This "big day" was probably less eventful than I had spent five years imagining it would be. And while I'm not certain my daughter actually learned anything, it was an education for Mommy that I won't soon forget