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    Tales from the Adventure of Virtual Kindergarten

    Never did I ever want to home school my children. Never did I ever want my children to attend virtual school at home. Yet 2020 with it’s global pandemic, catapults us into a virtual school journey, like it or not.…

  • My Prayer for the New School Year

    The 20-21 School Year approaches and tension runs high. We are faced with loads of questions and very few answers. Parents, students, teachers, administrators all face new uncharted waters. We are going to need grace, empathy, and resilience to help…

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    How to Provide Freedom and Still Enforce Limits

    We have a teenager in our house. The expression “It’s MY room” comes out often in daily conversation. To which I often reply, “It is MY house!” That being said, I want her to have a space that is hers,…

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    Why I HATE Bedtime and How I Fixed It

    After thirteen years of motherhood, I can say with certainty – I HATE bedtime!  I can see your faces, you are questioning my sanity, maybe thinking – Does she not like quiet? Bedtime is the most challenging time of the…

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    What is the Right Decision for our Children?

    By my last count, it has been 136 days since my children entered a school building. We muddled our way through our first round of pandemic online schooling. Now we are facing the 20-21 school year wondering how it will…

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    The Ups, Downs, Ins, and Outs of Pandemic Schooling

    On March 13th, 2020, our school was closed last minute so teachers could discuss and make plans for distance learning in case it became necessary due to COVID-19. Here we are two months later, in-classroom school is canceled for the…

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    Schools are Closed – Grieving for the Loss of Normal

    On April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced an executive order to cease all K-12 in building school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The news hits me hard, though I knew in my heart that it was coming.…

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    Days in Isolation – Middle School Mania

    We find ourselves in strange times as we practice social distancing and self-isolation to contain the spread of COVID-19. Trying to find some sense of normalcy during a national pandemic is a challenging task. One of our biggest challenges is…

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    5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creativity

    Creativity and imagination are where new innovations are born. If we want our children to do BIG things in this world, we need to encourage them now to use their imagination and create. The creativity fostered now will grow to…