I will never forget the day a teaching consultant came into my classroom. It was my first year teaching. I was 24 and had a group of fourth graders in Y'bor City, Florida. I had gone to graduate school for education, but honestly had no idea what I was doing. The consultant was middle aged,… Continue reading Structure in a very unstructured world. Why our kids need schedules, predictability and order.
A page from Feathers From Above Navigating life is hard. To say that the past few years have been filled with changes and uncertainty is simply an understatement. We have all had to learn to adjust. To look at things differently and adapt. Our children are no different. They have been riding this ship of… Continue reading Feathers From Above and God
Reading to our kids is more important than we could ever imagine Bedtime in our house is always the best and worst part of the night. The day is wrapping up, quiet time is instilling and the expectation of not having to take care of anyone else for the rest of the evening is quickly… Continue reading Bedtime Stories
Sometimes life can be scary. No matter how much we may tell ourselves that we don’t need to be afraid, our fears are in fact real to us. We can be told “not to worry,” “everything will be fine,” but in the end our fears remain. Children are no different. And nighttime fears can be… Continue reading Moving And Shaking In Nashville
My advice to parents with children who are interested in improving their child’s reading ability would be to start small. Anything is better than nothing. Try to start with short books that interest both you and your children. Aim for two to three read alouds per week, whether at night, waiting for the dentist, sitting in the car line or in between commercials during the football game.
We all have fears in life. Some people may be scared of flying, swimming, or simply sending their kids to school. However real, or disillusioned fears may be they are real to us. We can be told “not to worry,” “everything will be fine,” but in the end our fears remain. Children are no different. And nighttime fears can be a struggle for many parents and children. In my home, we discovered this reality with both of our children simultaneously.
Life is constantly evolving, even if you feel like you are stuck in a rut and the next episode of the same thing will be starting again tomorrow, believe it or not, things are changing around you. Your kids are growing. We are getting older (womp womp). Our communities are expanding and eventually (maybe sooner than later), the ever changing world will push in from around you and you will feel its effects.