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I Wanna Help!

I'm shaking my head at myself as I sit here, wondering just how interesting life's twists and turns are. Four weeks ago, I was a bit worried about facing an empty nest; my youngest was heading off to join the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech, and I was facing being in our home alone. Now, I'm no stranger to being on my own; I've been a single mom for 19 years. But this just seemed so final... read more

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Last week, my best friend's young grandson was laid to rest in a heartbreaking, yet poignant funeral service. Chris had turned 12 just one month earlier. Neither he nor the driver of the pickup truck he was riding in had worn a seat belt. Driver inattention is being blamed for the accident, which took place on a perfectly flat, straight section of two-lane road on a cloudless afternoon. Chris... read more

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The Art of Apologizing to a Child

I've met a lot of parents and worked with a lot of teachers over the years, but I've only met a handful who think it's important to apologize to their children or students. And I think that's too bad. If adults are somehow "wronged" by another, we always appreciate a heartfelt apology. In fact, an apology tends to make us think more highly of the one doing the apologizing. So why... read more

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Life is so Very Precious

Lately, I've found myself getting a bit caught up in some of the "wants" of life as opposed to the "needs". If you've read my blogs, you already know that I've enjoyed adding to my china collection lately. You know that I love setting a pretty table and sharing it with those I love. Well, last night, I lost one of those very people whom I loved. And his death certainly... read more

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I Just Love Goodwill!

I don't think there isn't an elementary school teacher out there who hasn't shopped yard sales and Goodwill for games, puzzles, and all sorts of classroom goodies at reasonable prices. We HAVE to! After all, everyone knows teachers are in our profession solely for the salary, right? Over the last few months, I've done more than my share of shopping at Goodwill. I was in a minor car accident... read more

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All Children Need to Help with Chores

I raised my three children on my own. This wasn't my choice, but I also wasn't given a say in the matter! Fortunately, my children had learned at a very early age that if we all pitch in and help with household chores, we get to play together or read a stack of books or visit a park that much faster! Life with three very young children would have been so much more difficult after we were on... read more

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The Bravest Students in School

Have you ever wondered what it's like for a student who struggles to do well in school? If you're like most of us, the thought probably never crossed your mind; school was simply one of the many responsibilities you had as a child. You attended class, took notes (you DID take notes, didn't you?), did your homework (and remembered to take it and turn it in), and repeated this process day after... read more

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YOU are Your Child's Best Advocate

I've been working with a very caring mother and her delightful son for the last few weeks. I'd met her while in line at a store and we'd struck up a friendly conversation. Since the wait was rather long, we got to know each other - as much as one can while standing in line - and she was delighted to have found me out of thin air. As soon as I'd told her I was a special education teacher... read more

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Low-Tech Fun

Alex (not his real name) came over this afternoon for his first tutoring lesson. We'd sort of discovered each other yesterday afternoon, when I'd brought home a large box from a friend's home I was helping to renovate. I knew the kids on my street would love to play with it, and I was right! As soon as the box was on the front lawn of my townhouse, kids started trickling over to watch and ask... read more