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Kindergärten

Who Taught My Perfect Child to Manipulate Me?

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I want my children to experience all that they can in order to prepare and educate them for the best decisions they can make as they grow. And, I want them to do so in the most truthful and upstanding way possible.

What I Couldn't Help Telling My Kindergartner

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"I missed you today," I said. I know plenty of parenting books advise against saying this very thing to our kids; we're not supposed to make them feel guilty that we spent the day missing them. But it came out. It was the truth.

Letting Go When Your Grip Is Tighter Than You Think

Jenn Horton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I easily could have said, "You can do it, honey. I love you!" There wasn't fear in her eyes or timidity in her voice. She would have been better than fine. But I couldn't let go. I chose to hold onto her for just a little bit longer.

My Promise To My Son As He Starts Kindergarten

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I know you will have struggles. I know you feel insecure and alone at times. But you are YOU. You ARE bold and brazen and confident, and you make friends and put yourself out there. You are just fine. You are in kindergarten. And it will be awesome.

From Two Lines to 'Blurred Lines'

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Things change as you move further from Baby Bjorns and lovies and closer to Top 40 and first loves. You are reminded again that you are making all this stuff up as you go, that there was no formal training in parenting,

Dr. Toy Talks About the Power of Construction Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

The world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, wrote in his autobiography, "The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the world."

Do You Remember Your First Day of School?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Do you remember your very first day of school? I recall having mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960 and I can recall the day quite clearly. Here's my story.

All I Really Need to Know About Admissions -- I Learned in Kindergarten

Eric J. Furda | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I straddled both sides of the admissions equation, one as decision maker and the other as parent, I was further reminded that beyond what is not within our control (the admission decisions), focusing on core priorities can guide an informative application process.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Back to School, Part 2

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

As promised, the second half of the best of New York's stores for back-to-school shopping! Lester's - 1534 Second Avenue - 1102-1120 Avenue U, Bro...

The School of Hard Firsts

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

First day of kindergarten, 1964: My teacher is Mrs. Condon. She has very big hair and is clearly inferior to my mother. There are zero Tinker Toys in my classroom, which is clearly inferior to my bedroom. Mrs. Condon makes a fuss about the colored chalk. I've seen better

What Your Kid Really Needs to Learn in Kindergarten

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

When you are a new-to-elementary-school parent, you aren't quite sure what to expect. There is this strange pull somewhere inside you to make sure the teacher knows what an unusually smart and adorable child you are entrusting her with. Even if you didn't think you were that kind of parent.

Two Heartbeats

Jessica Halepis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Jessica Halepis

I had no idea at the time, but while I was receiving confirmation of the life burgeoning inside of me, another heart, my grandmother's, had stopped.

A Letter to a Generation of Parents (on the Eve of Back-to-School)

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

They are looking for someone -- anyone -- to look at them. Someone who is willing to look past all the cocksure, iPhone-wielding bravado. Someone who is willing to look upon all their insecurity and awkwardness.

Everything I Want My Son To Learn Before Kindergarten

Devon Corneal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

To prepare him for the next chapter of his life, there are some things my littlest guy ought to know. If I could get him to sit still long enough to listen, this is what I'd tell him.

North Carolina GOP Dubs Millions in Education Cuts as 'Opportunity Scholarships'

Michael Sargeant | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

The GOP is at it again -- trying to give damaging policy ideas a pretty name in hopes that Americans will not notice that the ideas themselves are dangerous.

Some Say You Should Teach a Child to Swim

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

It was one of those moments when I saw my kids. I mean really saw them. They weren't babies. They weren't just keeping themselves afloat. They were really swimming. They were scanning the pool for my approval and thumbs up, not for my arms to encircle them and hold them up.

The Faithful Shopper: Best for Back to School

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's that time of year, when parents rejoice, children lament, and we all spend money to get our youngsters Back to School! Reports are that skinny je...

Moms and Dads and School

Ron Berler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

All are complex problems, entwined in money, ideology and bureaucracy and exceedingly difficult to repair. But there is one broken element in public education that is apolitical in nature and costs zero to fix.

Does 'Redshirting' Your Kid Ever Backfire?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

People mature and develop emotionally at their own pace. There is no way to speed up that process, and why would you want to?

Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten: Should You Hold Your Child Back?

Lori Day | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

We now have a kindergarten arms race where school and state obsession with test scores, parental competition and anxiety and teacher preferences for older students have changed the very nature of a child's first year of elementary school.

Chin Up, Class of 2026!

Carissa K | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

Parents and children and true friends, we continue to be always interwoven... strengthening the durability of each other and adding layers of richness and beauty to one another by being a part of each other's history and tales.

Ready for School?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.

How I Knew My Daughter Was Ready for Kindergarten

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

made peace with the fact that she was going to be in the middle of the pack this year, end of story. More importantly, she loved her first year in kindergarten. Once I embraced the idea that she could be good but not necessarily the best, something lifted.

What This Mother Has Lived To Regret

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 09.06.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

My father told us daily, 'Children are to be seen and not heard.' So, when I had children I determined that they would be allowed to have minds of their own, and I let them know that their thoughts, opinions and ideas mattered. And then, I lived to regret it.

Don't Buy the Numbers

Ron Berler | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

How do you define a failing school? Brookside Elementary is located in a pleasant, middle-class neighborhood of split levels and tidy ranch homes, in Norwalk, Conn., a 50-minute train commute from New York.