Winter Farm ABCs

I took my children on a walk on the farm this winter in search of all of the hidden letters of the alphabet on our farm both in natural and built structures. I got this idea from the Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson where a photographer did the same thing in a city, using buildings and benches. Our version could be called Winter Alphabet Farm, I imagine we could come up with a whole new one in summer. This was something I thought would be so much harder than it was, I expected it might take several hikes and …

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Back to School All Over Again

Who knew there would be a Monday in mid-December that would feel far scarier than the first day of school?  Today was the 74th day of Kindergarten, but it was also the first day of school since the horrible events unfolded in Newtown, since our whole world changed.  Even though my son attends elementary school hundreds of miles from CT, it was very hard to drop him off at school today and it will be hard again tomorrow. For my son who has no idea what happened last Friday, it was just another Monday morning. He wanted the weekend to …

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My Top 5 Back to School Parenting Mistakes

I am feeling so grateful that we have made it through the first 10 days of kindergarten and so far it seems like pretty smooth sailing.  We even added the bus to the schedule without a problem.  Most of the mistakes this week were mine, so I decided to list my top 5 back to school mistakes while they are still fresh in my mind! 1) Practice Lunch: While I spent the summer feeling like I should have been practicing reading and letters I now realize we should have practiced other things like eating out of a lunch box.  On …

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A Sunflower Seed and How I Got it Wrong

I recently took my children to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party. After the party, the children were offered a choice of party favors. I was surprised when my 5-year-old son, the farm boy (like, we actually live on a farm), chose a little plastic pot with a seed in it (guaranteed to grow, just add water). I started coaching him to choose something else, saying, “Leave the seeds for other children. You have millions of seeds at home, so maybe a new eraser for school?” But he dug in and brought the pot home. As a mother, I should really learn to keep my mouth shut, because I …

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