Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back to School Printables

This is ADORABLE!!!

I ran across this on the I Heart Naptime and Chocolate Sundaes blog today. I'm well past needing it for my daughters but I can always hope for grandchildren. I wish I had them for the traditional "back to school" morning pictures that my kids started to hate by fifth grade. I still love the sour faces of disgust the last few years of pictures display.


Back to school printable

Hello again! This month’s printable was inspired by those ever popular “first day of school pictures.” This is my little mans first time going to school (Preschool counts right?), and I wanted a way to look back at these pictures and instantly know what grade he was in.So, I created these back to school printable posters for my kids (and yours) to hold as they advance through school.


Monday, July 11, 2011

There Are Good Things Going on in Georgia Schools

I'm sure by now that all of you have heard of the cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School System. I have my own opinions about what might have created an atmosphere where cheating was considered acceptable but much prefer to share what great things are happening in public schools all across Georgia and the rest of the United States.
I consider my two daughters to be amazing educators. As their mom I can brag that they were each honored as Teacher of the Year at their schools within the first four years of their teaching careers. They work an inordinate number of hours after the school day ends to be sure that each of their students not only understands a new skill but that they also know how that skill might be used to accomplish other tasks. They are teaching children to think by using the information that they have learned. How many teachers do you remember who did that for you? I can remember every single teacher who helped me understand the importance of learning.

My amazing daughter, Betsey, and my very tall and proud husband.
Sorry, Emily, I don't have a photo of your classroom.

There are so many unsung heroes among the teaching profession that I want to share with you an article written by one of those very people. I feel very fortunate to have worked at the same school as the author, Lyssa Sadahevan, for two years. Her abilities to engage students in learning, exploring, and creating are what we would wish for all our children in every grade. Please read Lyssa's article at  http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/lyssa-sahadevan/working-georgia-state-school-team and then check out her blog http://mymommyreads.blogspot.com/ . If Lyssa suggests a book or an activity I can guarantee you that "It's a Good Thing."