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To My Daughter With Down Syndrome On Her First Day of Kindergarten

Deanna Smith | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I know you can do this. It might take a while for you to figure out the new classroom and the new expectations of kindergarten, but you've got this.

To a Fellow Kindergarten Mom

Kara Lawler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Kara Lawler

Little girls who started kindergarten over thirty years ago, in separate schools, in separate states, now have little boys starting kindergarten together in this same school, in this same state. And you know what, mama: We can do this together.

10 Wishes for Kids Starting Kindergarten

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As another grandson begins this journey, I continue to worry about our current educational climate and the demands it makes on these little ones. So here are my 10 wishes for my grandson and all other kids starting kindergarten.

In Defense of Education

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Lynsi Freitag

It is this misplaced view of education that is leading society astray. Education is not tests. It is not essays. It is knowledge. And it is important.

Have a Moment

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Wasn't this what we all hope for? That our kids become these self-sufficient beings, capable of walking off -- first down the hallway, then down the street, across town, and ultimately out of our household to create another -- without us?

5 Things I Did For My Kindergartner That I Won't Be Doing Again This Year

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Last year, I sent my oldest "baby" to kindergarten. My dreams of a utopian school year were only crushed by one person: me.

8 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Brent Almond | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Brent Almond

Preparing your kid (and by "your kid," I mean you) for their first day of REAL SCHOOL is easier than you think. Just follow these few simple suggestions and everything will be absolutely, positively, one hundred percent perfect.

5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With the first day right around the corner, here's a solid "app kit" for kindergartners that includes both academic skill builders and soft-skills strengtheners.

How to Survive the First Day of Kindergarten

Maggie Quale | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Maggie Quale

Afraid you'll become a blubbering mess? Scared your kid won't make any friends? These tips will help you maximize those precious first moments and take some fear out of the first day.

Why I'll Cry On the First Day of Kindergarten

Courtney Byrne | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Courtney Byrne

I was registering Maggie for kindergarten, and sending her into an unknown place, with unknown teachers and children. Everyone we met was friendly, and smiled at my little girl. They made her feel welcomed. For mom, I felt welcomed, but still nervous.

So Your Youngest Child Is Going to Kindergarten?

Susannah Lewis | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

He's ready, I know he is. It's time for me to cut the cord, loosen the apron strings. It's time for me to let him grow up. He's a good kid- smart and well-behaved. He's going to do fine in kindergarten. His sister did. He's ready. But I'm not.

I Wish My Daughter Would Stop Growing Up

Risa Sugarman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Risa Sugarman

I have decided that I will allow this milestone to occur and I know there are more to come. I do hope though that she will enjoy the school bus ride and her first days as a kindergartner. I hope she makes new friends and soaks up all of the learning she can. Instead of growing up, let's call it moving forward. That feels less threatening and more encouraging, for both of us.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

This Trait Can Predict If A 5-Year-Old Will Grow Up To Be A Successful Adult

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

  Watching a young child playing with others can reveal a great deal about who they are -- and who they'll be in 20 years.  That's the conc...

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

What Other Invasive Questions Should A Kindergarten Ask?

Devorah Blachor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Here's an imaginary application specifically designed to invade a woman's privacy while at the same time shaming her and making her feel as guilty as possible about her choices.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

In this post, I will share many of the early academic indicators of kindergarten readiness. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it will provide families with an understanding of what will be expected of their child and offer tips to help them prepare their child for a successful transition to kindergarten.

"It's a Ceremony!"

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Most families know that early childhood education is critical for later school success. But most don't know which social/behavioral and early academic "kindergarten readiness" abilities and knowledge children should have by the time they are old enough to enter kindergarten.

Letter To My Kindergarten Graduate

Amy Ettinger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Amy Ettinger

I saw you trying to be brave. I saw you smiling through your trepidation. I knew you wouldn't let you true feelings show. So, I cried instead.

5 Lessons I've Learned from the First Year of School

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Watching my daughter's kindergarten teachers navigate Common Core while getting 20 kids who suddenly all have to go potty to sit criss-cross applesauce is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

When I Blink here i am

Janine Huldie | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Janine Huldie

I know I should be elated to get back my days and move forward with my career, but honestly, I am not sure I am ready for it.

10 Lessons Parents Learn in Kindergarten

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

They say everything you need to know in life you'll learn in Kindergarten, and boy, did I learn more than I bargained for the second time around.

How the Newest Discipline System Works in Today's Kindergarten

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

I worry that all of this kindergarten discipline, along with the developmentally inappropriate expectations, curriculum, and homework of today's kindergarten experience, will squash the creativity, compassion, love of learning, and spirit of a special little boy.

Perspective

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Emily K. Genser

She is 5 and she has already realized that in this world, it is easier to look the same. I teach high school girls. I know high school girls. For God's sake, I was a high school girl. Insecurity is a rite of passage