Preschool Check-in

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Back in the fall I wrote about my feelings and worries about sending my oldest off into the world of preschool. While my wife and I had a lot of mixed emotions at the time, we knew it was the right choice for him and that he was ready. I thought a few months in that now would be a good time to give an update on how things have gone so far and some observations we have noticed. Continue reading

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Learning In Line

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

If your kids are anything like mine…the idea of packing everyone up to go to the grocery store and get the necessities for the next week isn’t always very appealing. Continue reading

Ready to Write

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One of the roles I am fortunate enough to get to play is facilitator for the parenting class READY! For Kindergarten. In this class we focus on skills that parents can teach their kids through fun, everyday activities and give each family new “tools” (aka awesome toys!) that they can take with them to encourage their child’s brain development. The great thing about this curriculum is that these activities can really improve a child’s development and kindergarten readiness in just ten minutes a day…and they are fun! Continue reading

Summer School

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you seen the Hub’s most recent newsletter? In this edition a familiar author 😊 mentions the “summer reading slide” and how students can often lose progress they’ve made in reading (and other subjects) over the summer months if they aren’t reading like they did during the school year. Continue reading

Sending Them Off to School

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Do you want to know something that has made me a little anxious lately?  We are talking about school options for my firstborn…for next year!  It seems crazy that we’re already at that point with my son.  He’s no longer a toddler, let alone a baby…he’s a full-fledged little boy!   Continue reading

Social Network

This post originally was published by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One of the things that I’ve realized as a parent is that while there’s a lot of focus on building kids’ academic skills and their ability to read and write, a child’s ability to control their emotions and interact socially with peers is just as important to succeeding in school.  I’ve found that this can be a really tough and scary thing for children.  While some kids very naturally make friends and love being around others, other kids get quite uncomfortable around those they don’t know or are legitimately scared of situations where there are large groups of kids and people.   Continue reading

READY! for Kindergarten

I had the privilege at the end of last month to facilitate a “READY! for Kindergarten” Series through my local school district.  It was my first time facilitating this curriculum after observing a couple of classes during the spring and I really enjoyed the opportunity.  “READY!” is set up to offer tools and activities to parents of preschoolers that will help them prepare their child to succeed from day one in Kindergarten.  There are programs set up for each age group leading up to Kindergarten so that parents can potentially participate in a series of classes at each age and stage of their preschooler.  I observed the 4-5 year old program and got to lead the 3-4 year old program. Continue reading