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Second Grade

Not So Simple Machines

Claire Wapole | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My second grade daughter has lived through an extreme fixation on the study of simple machines at school. My sixth and eighth grade kids also studied simple machines when they were in second grade, but it involved a few worksheets and a classroom project designed to catch a leprechaun.

Hazard for Whom?

Claire Wapole | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

My second grader brought a test home from school, some sort of comprehension test, reading and vocabulary. I noticed she got a couple of questions wrong, so I wanted to look them over to see what exactly she was not comprehending, not understanding. What follows is the actual conversation I had with my 8-year-old regarding a question she got "wrong."

4 Life Lessons To Teach Your Kids

Polly Campbell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

If you show up, do your best and be who you are -- I promise you, it will be enough. You have all that you need to recover when your feelings are hurt, you have all the talent and imagination and intelligence you need to make a positive contribution -- you already do it every day.

The Epiphany I Had On My Daughter's First Day Of School

Lindsey Mead | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It is both the ultimate cliché and the central question of parenting: where did the time go?

A Tale of Two Lessons (and a Bigger One for Me...)

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

My lesson? Don't underestimate the thinking ability of small children. Don't limit their learning to the same old things we have always done.

The Great Divide: Milk & Cookies

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

A few weeks into kindergarten I felt air leak from my chest every time I picked my daughter up. A bunch of tattooed, nose-ringed counselors did little more than supervise a band a wilding children.

Twas the Night Before School...

Mallika Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mallika Chopra

When I was young, about a week before school started, without fail I would get a rash on my face. Oh, how tense I used to be about the uncertainty -- year after year after year.