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What To Ditch Before Your Kid Starts Kindergarten (According To My 5-Year-Old)

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

Adolpha moved to kindergarten this year from preschool, and before school started she let me know exactly what was too babyish for her to take to kindergarten.

To My Fellow Moms, On The First Day Of Kindergarten

Kim Simon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

As you take one last look over your shoulder to make sure that your little one is safely tucked into her classroom, and you wipe away the tears as you climb back into your (suddenly very quiet) car, remember this.

5 Things I Don't Want My Daughter to Learn in Kindergarten

Meredith Hale | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

As excited as I am for her, I'm nervous too. My daughter's funny, imaginative and most of all, open to everyone she meets. The real world has a way of stifling these traits -- of hardening even the tenderest of little hearts.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With the arrival of August, many 5-year-olds are hearing a special question: "Are you excited about kindergarten?" For parents, a different question may come up: "Is my child ready?"

Starting Kindergarten -- Answers to Six Not-So-Easy Questions

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

I have been meeting for over 20 years with parents whose children are about to start kindergarten. While there was always some level of anxiety at these meetings, it was nothing compared with recent years. When did "I will miss my baby so much" turn into "How will my child survive?"

In Their Own Time

Christine French Cully | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How many times, I wonder, did I push my kids to do something before they were developmentally ready?

'Just Call Out My Name... You've Got a Friend!'

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

In the past few weeks, I made a conscious effort to rekindle my friendships. Since last year was such a whirlwind, my time spent with friends has ...

What Nine West's 'First Day of Kindergarten' Ad Gets Wrong

Devon Corneal | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I would like to meet the person on your ad team who thinks that once school starts, parents get "weeks off." That person is very good at his/her job, because this campaign is getting a ton of press. I am, however, concerned that he or she has absolutely no idea what parenting is all about.

9 Lies You Learned In Kindergarten And Probably Still Believe Today

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.03.2014 | Weird News

Turns out you might need to repeat kindergarten: Some of the most basic things you learned your first time through aren't actually true. Being a ki...

An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

Meet Me Back in Kindergarten: Why Kindergarten Shouldn't Be About Tests

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

Gone are the days of snack time and learning to share toys with your neighbor, or learning through trial and error how to be kind. Kindergartners are no longer little humans on the cusp of their Big Adventure and learning how life works.

The Real Secret of School Success

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

The journey through school is a long and winding road, and the only consistent thing along the way is you -- their loving, attentive, often long-suffering parent.

Last Days of School

Karen Cordano | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Oh, pompous, naive, foolish Karen. When will you get over yourself and start actually listening to the more experienced parents?

To Our Kindergarten Teacher on the Last Day of School

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

You encourage. You strengthen. You guide. Reading? Check. Writing? Check. Math and Marine Biology too? Check and check. But what happens beyond the books is where the real magic happens and allows for those checks to find their balance.

What I Learned In My Daughter's First Year of School

Sarah Dille | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I stood off to the side, my heart beaming with pride, my eyes filling with tears, and wished that I could have known last year, as I lost sleep and grew more grey hairs, that kindergarten isn't about the end of childhood at all. It is so much more about beginnings.

Our Last First Year

Kim Simon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Memorize this, you silently cry, as you look around the nursery littered with board books and diaper cream and stray socks and lovey blankets and burp rags that are no longer being used. This is our last first year.

A Tale of Two Kindergartens -- Well, Three Now That I Think About It

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In conversations about education, there is a lot of talk about "higher expectations," and it isn't always clear what that means. But in the last few ...

Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

7 Things Babies Should Give Up Right Now If They Want To Get Into Harvard

Melissa Sher | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Who cares about learning to get along with others, problem solve and think creatively? What 5- and 6-year-olds need is more college-prep time! You know what? What BABIES need is more college prep time!

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Preschool Problems in an Adult World

Suna Senman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

Placing emphasis on how we raise our children early on will help society overall when we choose our leaders, determine our policies and relate to one another.

50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Just be you. No one can do it better... But, call your mother while you're at it.