10 Positive Ways to React When Your Child Calls Himself Stupid

10 Positive Ways to React When Your Child Calls Himself Stupid

If your child calls himself stupid, and your heart breaks a little bit each time, I’ve got a little story for you. In my classroom, I had a student last year who was a twin. I’m going to call him Miguel to protect his privacy. His twin brother was quite a bit brighter than him….

My Child Writes Letters Backwards: 13 Dyslexia Myths for Worried Parents

My Child Writes Letters Backwards: 13 Dyslexia Myths for Worried Parents

As a 3rd grade teacher, I heard it numerous times: parents panicking about dyslexia because their child writes letters backwards. There is so much confusion among parents (and even many teachers) about how dyslexia presents itself in young kids. Whether your child is a struggling first grader who is still struggling with CVC and sight…

A Valentine’s Letter to My Child’s Teacher (the 1 guaranteed way you can make her smile)

A Valentine’s Letter to My Child’s Teacher (the 1 guaranteed way you can make her smile)

You may be here because you’re searching for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for teachers. You already have what you need, and you don’t have to spend a dime. Keep reading for a letter to my child’s teacher that can serve as a model for you to do the same.  As a former teacher, please…

What Parents Can Expect at a Parent Teacher Conference: Be Prepared!

What Parents Can Expect at a Parent Teacher Conference: Be Prepared!

In my second year of teaching third grade, I was simultaneously stressed out about my first parent teacher conference day, and also so excited to meet with my own child’s pre-k teacher for the first time. I knew from talking with other teachers that a back-to-back meeting day could be an overwhelming time crunch. Parents…

Positive Affirmations for Kids – Free PDF Printables for School and Home

Positive Affirmations for Kids – Free PDF Printables for School and Home

As a former teacher, I’ve seen first-hand what a difference a kind word can make a child’s day. I’ve also seen kids engage in negative self-talk, and it’s heartbreaking to watch. Positive affirmations for kids can really make a difference in how they perceive themselves.  One student in particular comes to mind. Abel was struggling…

How to Talk to the Teacher about Too Much Homework

How to Talk to the Teacher about Too Much Homework

As a former 3rd grade reading teacher and current elementary school parent, I hate homework. It’s not that I’m lazy and don’t want to grade the homework or oversee it in my own house. It’s just that I think too much homework in elementary school is doing a disservice to children. For the record, I…