Herbarium Project for Kids

As an English teacher, it should come as no surprise that many of my personal interests and passions are rooted in literature. For example, I became deeply and profoundly interested in studying natural and herbal medicine after reading Hamlet in high school. Poor Ophelia’s herb-infused meltdown ignited one of my lifelong joys. In this same […]

Puree 101: How Much Mush Do you Know?

Think you know your purée stuff? Here’s a few fun facts. And pay attention because there will be a quiz later. Word Origin: Well, we all know that it’s French (“purée de pois” – 14th century), but did you know that term was based off the Latin word purare (“to purify”) which came from purus […]

What I Wish They Taught in Schools

My 7-year-old barges into conversations. No matter how many times I ask her to wait, to listen, or to be patient, she basically doesn’t comprehend that information and still does it anyway. She also has trouble meeting people’s eyes. Often times this can be interpreted as rudeness or disrespect. And these are just one of […]

First Week of School

School started this week! For many parents, this means the end of hectic summer plans and rejoicing in their much-needed quiet time and routine schedule. For some, it may even look like this. For me, while school brings much-needed rest, it won’t be fully quiet for a while – for the first time, I’ll get to spend lots of […]

Co-op Preschools: An Alternative to Expensive Preschooling

Our older son will be starting preschool in the fall and we have been checking out local parent participation schools in our area, also known as co-op preschools. Parent participation nursery schools and preschools are founded on the principle that the best education comes from an active partnership between parents, teachers and children. What drew us […]

Snow Day Sanity

In case you’ve missed it, New England has been buried in snow over the past few weeks. Many towns have had 4-5 snow days in the last week alone! To make matters even more exciting, the temperatures have been significantly below zero, which limits sledding and outdoor games. Even timing of the snow means that […]

Music for the Mind

My mother dragged me to piano lessons for 12 years. Every Tuesday, we hopped in the car and drove to the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where I had been taught by the same teacher since I was a 1st grader. And every week, because I would rather have been horsing around or watching TV, I […]

Accidental Homeschooling

Recently, we had the opportunity to enter our 1st grader into a Spanish Immersion program. When we first looked into it, we thought: this is amazing. And I still think it’s great. But as the summer wore on, we started thinking: maybe we want to keep homeschooling? FYI: this is totally weird because when we […]

Immersion: The Gift of a Second Language

Tomorrow we look at a school for our daughter (now 6) that will potentially make her bilingual. Immersion programs have been a swift growing hot commodity in public school systems since 1971. And it’s a pretty intensive program in the sense that children are spoken to in the second language either for half the day or […]

Getting Ready for Baby’s First Class

Whether your young one is entering her first Mommy and Baby class or starting preschool, there are a few things parents can do to prepare for these memorable milestones. If you and  your baby are ready to delve into the Parent and Me/Mommy and Me universe, take a few moments to check out a variety […]