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6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

NPR | Kimberley Richards | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents

Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash card...

School Choice: Identifying and Choosing Between Different School Cultures

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 02.04.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

For those who lament the notion that schools are a "business," I'm sorry they are. Even if we did nothing but chose our neighborhood grade school, they are in the "business" of attracting us to their "product" and to highlight that their product is the best in the entire market.

I Secretly Wished My Son Hated Kindergarten

Krista Pelton | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Krista Pelton

All through the summer up to kindergarten starting, whenever someone asked me about school I never could give them a straight answer because I couldn't bring myself to sign him up. I was in denial of what was to come.

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.

Annette Naranjo: From Kindergarten to Who They Really Are

A Teacher Like You | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

We just have to give these kids a chance. A lot of teachers have this idea of structure and having to do things a certain way. But they're kids. I understand that we have to meet the standards, but they're still five. At the end of the day they're still so young. I think a lot of teachers forget that.

Here's Why American Parents Shouldn't Worry So Much

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents

Parents only want what's best for their children -- but do we really know what's 'best' to begin with?

Moving Day: From New York City to Vermont

Nina Griffin | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Nina Griffin

Being a New York City mom wasn't for me. I had always envied the parents who could manage it with grace and style. But my personality and my kids' temperaments weren't conducive to urban child rearing.

It's Time To Close The Carried Interest Loophole

Bill de Blasio | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

Because of something called carried interest, the top 25 hedge fund mangers paid a lower tax rate than the average kindergarten teacher in 2014. Billionaire hedge fund managers don't need a tax break, and there is no reason this loophole should exist.

The $17.7 Billion Hedge Fund Managers Are Stealing From Kindergarten Teachers

Robert Greenwald | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

It is time that anyone running to be POTUS does more than lip service to one of the most egregious tax evasion schemes and one of the biggest contributors to the 1 percent stealing from the 99 percent.

Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose Side Are You On?

The Huffington Post Blog | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
The Huffington Post Blog

A live stream of Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose Side Are You On?, a new video from Brave New Films on the carried interest tax loophole. A screening of this film will take place at Pace University in New York City on Thursday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Baby Girl Takes the School Bus

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

That day arrived, last Friday, October 24th, Katerina announced that she was ready to ride on the school bus! Apprehensively, I asked her if she knew what and where to go once the bus arrived at school. Katerina may have been ready but I sure wasn't!

To My Son on His First Day of Kindergarten

Holly Rust | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Holly Rust

On one hand, I want to be excited for my son. I want him tackle obstacles on his own. I want him to learn from others what I'm unable to teach him. I want him to be independent and have life experiences that don't always include me -- I really do. But on the other hand, I want him to need me forever.

Early Childhood Education in the Balance

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Debate in early childhood education has largely shifted from the kindergarten to the pre-kindergarten. A lot of attention has been paid to the question, "Does Head Start work?"

Back to (Pre)School

Nina Griffin | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Nina Griffin

I did not plan my pregnancies. I made the conscious decision that I wanted to get pregnant. However, I did not give one iota of thought as to when the best time would be to have a child and how that might affect, oh, the rest of my kid's life.

Girl's Reaction to Her First Day of Kindergarten in a Catholic School

Jenn Delekta | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Jenn Delekta

It was my daughter's first day of Kindergarten and it was at a Catholic school. I was anticipating my daughter going through an adjustment, not only because it was Kindergarten but also because it was a religious-based school.

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.