Tomorrow is Election Day. This year is an “off-cycle” year, meaning you aren’t electing a president, senators, or candidates for any other “major” office. However, the votes you cast tomorrow are even more important, because your vote affects your...
June is Pride Month. These days, it’s hard not to be personally connected to the LGBTQ+ community, either directly or indirectly. The community is far-reaching and a part of mainstream society in 2021. And not just in the news. Whether it’s...
My kids and I used to love trips to the library where they could browse the shelves and bring home our book bin brimming with new titles to enjoy. Despite our library network’s amazing response, COVID and the derecho...
Whether you are homeschooling or have to be home due to quarantine or illness, these seven virtual field trips will help your kids feel like they can explore the world, even though they're stuck at home! I don’t feel like...
Back to school, back to school; Mom is going back to school! When I took my daughter school supply shopping, I began to grab my own pencils, highlighters, and notebooks. My daughter suspiciously asked, “What are you doing Mom?" ...
You've picked a curriculum and organized your space. You're ready to start schooling at home, but how do you motivate your kids? Most kids behave differently at home than at school. They know Mom loves them unconditionally, which is a...
When our children are grown, they’ll tell their own kids about a time when they would excitedly hop out of bed on a winter school day morning and eagerly wait for the signal of a pinnacle day of their...
As a teacher, on any given day there are a multitude of expectations that need to be met. The barrage of acronyms is exhausting; SEL, PLC, IEP, AP, CST, CAL, ELL-- the list goes on ad-nauseum.  And now we add...
As you face hard decisions about your children's schooling, perhaps you're considering homeschooling. Maybe you're excited to jump in. Maybe you have doubts and don't know where to begin. If you're in Iowa, I'm happy to say that homeschooling is...
My husband is red/green color blind. For him, these two colors present themselves as different shades of grey so he can still discriminate between red and green. This allows him to tell the difference between important things like stoplight...
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Sun’s Out- Fun’s Out ! Summer Bucket List ideas for Your...

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Summer is in full swing here, there, and everywhere! Pools are (mostly) open, camps are in full swing, playgrounds and parks are full of laughter...