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Just yesterday, I received a call from an anxious Noe Valley mom asking the all-important question I hear every summer. She wanted to know, “how should I best prepare my child for school?”. Her first concern was about summer learning...
If you’re a kid, nothing squashes an afternoon of outdoor fun like poor weather. That doesn’t mean downtime needs to be spent in front of the television, although you might consider encouraging your kids to spend a little time...
Spoiler Alert: There isn’t one. Right now, I am neck deep in the process of selecting a San Francisco public school for my four-year-old daughter to attend kindergarten next year. I started the process the necessary full year ahead of time by...
When my daughter started elementary school, I was one of those bright-eyed parents who wanted to learn all they could to make my daughter’s school career amazing—for her and for me.  So, when the first PTA meeting of the...
Kids are concrete and time is abstract. I love sharing our future plans with our children so they have the joy of anticipating fun events and trips. What I don’t love is the constant questions: How many days until...
We are Nordstrom and Amazon Affiliate Partners. Happy August, moms! The final month of summer is upon us. While we are enjoying our last few weeks of extra sleep and unscheduled time, schedule an evening to grab a glass of...
May 6–10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you have anything planned to give or do for your child’s teacher? Are you just doing their homeroom teacher? What about specials teachers? Having taught elementary school, been an elementary principal and...
As a public school teacher, I am partial to public education. And while I’ve had a good amount of experience at some middle schools and high schools in various school districts, I’m still learning about all the prekindergarten (preK),...
We all know that reading to children is important. All too often though, we read to our kids to quiet their minds and bodies – a perfect tool for bedtime. But books also have the potential to enliven our...
Many of our children have been thrust into virtual classrooms after schools have shut down. This new way of studying comes with its share of challenges. Here are a few tips to make online learning work, from a high...

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