Getting Ready for Kindergarten with EmbarK12

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This post brought to you by K12, the leader in online education. All opinions are 100% mine. If you've been reading my blog for a while then you may remember that I used to homeschool my daughter.  I've spent a fair amount of time researching curriculum and homeschooling options. One of my favorite curriculums was K¹².  In fact, we almost enrolled our daughter in the K¹² 1st grade this past fall. I was pretty excited to learn that K¹² has a brand new Kindergarten readiness program, EmbarK12 Comprehensive- Online and hands-on preschool program for your early learner..  My son missed the Kindergarten cut off this year by two months and I really wanted to have something for him to do at home, but just never got around to finding something.  We were pretty happy to try out EmbarK¹² for a few weeks. One of the things I love most about EmbarK¹² is the hands-on curriculum - the books and resources are amazing! It's like EmbarK¹² took my homeschool wish list, put in a box and shipped ... [read more]

What Teacher Inspired You?

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We are midway through our first week of a new school year, at least for the kids.  I've mentioned a few times that my husband is a high school teacher - he's a band director.  What that means is that two weeks before he is required to report for the new school year, he was spending 6-8 hours/day in band camp with 60 plus teenagers.  Before that he spent the summer communicating with the folks working on his band's competitive marching band show, ordering supplies, setting up schedules to make sure the right kid is in the right class, and so and so on. Many of us have a teacher who inspired us but being married to a teacher has given me a new respect for any person who answer the call to teach. I used to think teachers "only" worked from 8 AM - 3 PM. Wrong.  In fact, as I write this article, my husband is back up at school for a 3 1/2 hour long evening rehearsal.  This weekend my husband, the football coaches and the cheerleading coach will spend most of their long Labor Day ... [read more]

Fight the Mid-Year Slump with Sam’s Club and Box Tops for Education

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I love back to school time! Everything is fresh and new and.... Ok, so it's not really back to school time.  In fact, around here we've most definitely hit the mid-year homeschool slump. No one wants to do anything that even looks like school - including me! Sam's Club and Box Tops for Education are trying to help us moms beat that mid-year drudgery by offering some great promotions!  I personally love Box Tops for Education, even though we don't technically have a school to give them to. I've been collecting those little pink tags for years, even before I had kids, and handing them off to friends and family to turn in to their schools.  I hate just throwing away $.10! Right now, Sam's Club and Box Tops for Education are offering: New Plus Members will receive 100 Bonus Box Tops.* (a $10 value to any Box Tops participating school) Upgrade your current Membership to a Plus Membership to receive 50 Bonus Box Tops.* (a $5 value to any Box Tops participating school) New ... [read more]

Mission: Possible – The Devaluation of America’s Teachers

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I was recently given the opportunity to read the book Mission Possible: How the Secrets of the Success Academies Can Work In Any School written by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia.  Eva and Arin are the founders of the Success Academies, charter schools located in New York that have been featured in the documentary films Waiting for Superman and The Lottery.  The Success Academies have accomplished what pretty much no one else has done in the area of education reform.  The students of Success Academies, who are chosen by lottery from mostly low-income neighborhoods, have outscored their public school counterparts every single year on standardized tests. In fact, they don't just pass the tests, they usually score in the top percentiles.  In Mission Possible, Moskowitz and Lavinia explain what makes the Success Academies so, well, successful. One of the main differences between a public school and the Success Academies is their focus.  While public schools focus on students and ... [read more]