Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

May 31, 2015
by Frances
2 Comments

Hold Out for Happily Ever After

Quotes from historical leaders seem to be a popular source of inspiration for graduation ceremonies.  JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” is a popular one, but often misquoted. … Continue reading

May 10, 2015
by Frances
8 Comments

The Cost of Motherhood

They say that you ‘pay for your raising’.  Mine was expensive on many levels.  In reflecting on my mother and my ‘raising’, I am just now starting to realize what this little phrase means, and realize that I probably still … Continue reading

January 28, 2015
by Frances
0 comments

Playing the Game: High School

You have just picked up your eighth grade student at the end of the school year–squealing out of the middle school parking lot, turning on two wheels as though Satan himself were behind you. You have never been as relieved … Continue reading

November 16, 2014
by Frances
0 comments

Homeschooling: A Wide Range of Experiences—Part 3

It has been said that to home school all you need is a library card and an internet connection, and to a certain extent I would agree.  We are now in the Information Age, moving away from brick-and-mortar schools,  and … Continue reading

November 9, 2014
by Frances
2 Comments

Homeschooling: A Wide Range of Expriences—Part 2, Choose Something Better

“GUUUURL…..If we homeschooled our kids, there would be blood on the walls!”  I’m not going to say that there are not days that are frustrating, but the experience is all about the mindset of why you choose to do what … Continue reading

September 21, 2014
by Frances
0 comments

Getting the Help Your Child Needs: 504 Plan

  You have noticed that each academic year has become progressively more difficult for your child. After seeking consultation and evaluation for your child, you learn that your child has ADHD and a learning disorder.  You have interacted with your … Continue reading

September 3, 2014
by Frances
0 comments

Humor Must Have an Element of Truth……

For all you parents of  kindergarteners, this should make you smile and know you are not alone. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/memo-to-three-year-old-slackers_b_5698928.html?utm_hp_ref=education-reform#comments

August 30, 2014
by Frances
0 comments

Volunteerism: One realistic step toward school reform?

I just finished reading a book written by an old friend from our Illinois days,  The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities by Jay Hein.  Jay was the director of Bush’s Faith Based Initiative program.  In … Continue reading

August 16, 2014
by Frances
2 Comments

The Struggling Student….What Next?: Part 2

  You receive a call from the school regarding your child’s academic performance in kindergarten.  Your observation has been that the child is intelligent, curious and creative–asking thoughtful questions, listening to storybooks you read, and enjoying imaginative play with Legos, … Continue reading

August 2, 2014
by Frances
0 comments

The Struggling Student…. What Next?: Part 1

You may recently have found yourself as a parent of a struggling student and may be dealing with a short-term, minor problem or a major disability.  Time, observation, and intervention will tell the story–some teachers and school administrators will be … Continue reading