Category: School

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Fall Break? More Like Fall Test of Will…

Fall break. Break feels wrong. Fall trip? Fall travels? Fall test of will? That feels closer.  We made it. We are speeding up, I don’t want to sound braggy, but we knocked out a 5.5 hour trip in 7 hours, which by my calculations and my strong back bone in common core math, we basically arrived early.  It wasn’t all smooth sailing. Clara Jane asked if we were there yet about 6,000 times, including an unbelievably early query, as we...

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Bennett’s First Day of School

Bennett heads back to “school” tomorrow. Well pre-school, or pre…pre-k. I haven’t seen the curriculum for this year, but I think it is pretty standard, some light bio-chemistry followed by a snack of animal crackers and so on and so forth. But, no matter what they teach or learn or do Bennett James Toler will be up for it, and I mean WAY up for it, anything and everything. I tell the kids sometimes that, “If everything is a big...

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Back to School, A Parent’s Fresh Start

“Back to School,” the three most complicated words in the parenting lexicon. Expectations for a new year of growing and learning are always high, and a fresh chance at a great start is refreshing in a world that is exceedingly moving towards one strike, and you’re out. Some parents are so sad that summer is over while others have been camping out with their kids in front of the school like it’s a Best Buy on Black Friday waiting for...

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Summer with Kids – The Heat is On

It’s that time of year, again. Summer with Kids… Winter’s cold grip held on too long and the five perfect days of spring seem to have slipped by in a moment. Now it’s hot and hotter most days and soon schools will shut their doors for a few months and the game is on. Summer camps, summer travel with kids, and hopefully without if you are able to get away, and a whole slew of other time killers to pass...

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My Mom is a Teacher – Some thoughts on the Oklahoma Teacher “Walk-Out”

  I am biased, but as far as I can tell objectivity doesn’t have a place in most public discourse anymore. So, now that we have all the bases covered… My mom is “retired” from teaching. But, let’s be real, she isn’t truly retired, she didn’t stop knowing how to teach a child to read, or how to calm an upset or even irrational kid. We LOVE sending our kids to my mom’s house. They play games and do puzzles...

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A Story for CJ’s Birthday

We are in birthday season at our house. Within a little less than 1.5 months our kids will all three turn a year older. Lately, I have found myself to be a bit more sentimental than I have been in the past. I think there are a couple of contributing factors: My Dad passing away has been the most difficult time of my life. It sometimes feels like the cartoon rain cloud that stays over the grumpy or down-trodden hangdog...

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