3 things to remember in January

January

Of all the breaks during the school year, the Holidays are the toughest to return from. It doesn’t have the hope and optimism that the start of school offers or the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel energy surge that Spring Break offers. The first days back in January can be bleak, exhausting, […]

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It’s Time to Clean the House

TCS-Clean the House

Let’s face it.  The house has to be cleaned – even though we are on break, even though no one feels like it. When I need some serious housecleaning inspiration, I turn to this lady and her 15 minute rule.  I tweak things a bit though to make […]

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A Refreshing Christmas Break

A Refreshing Christmas Break

It is oh-so-tempting to walk in the door, dump the backpack on the floor, and not think about school again until “next year”. The reality, though, is that next year is only two weeks away, and if we aren’t careful our kids will head back to school in […]

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Enjoy Every Acceptance!

Celebrate each and every college acceptance your child gets because each acceptance could be the school your child attends, and it would be nice to have a sweet memory of the time she got accepted rather than a scornful moment to remember.

This morning a student stood at my desk and told me that she had been accepted to a college. She couldn’t have been glummer.  It turns out she had been accepted to her “safety school”, and that she had no intention of attending that school, and she wasn’t going […]

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Dinner Matches the Movie Night

Dinner Matches the Movie

The good part of pre-Christmas Break exams is obvious.  The kids can all relax and enjoy the few weeks off over the holidays worry-free.  It’s great. The bad part is less obvious.  The kids are so stressed and busy preparing for exams that they can’t really enjoy the […]

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A Family Christmas

Before the decorations come out, the cookies get baked, or the presents get wrapped, I get the Christmas books down.  These books get me through the Christmas holidays, and I need them at Christmas time as much as I need church, decorations, cookies, carols, or presents. “Get me […]

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Keep Calm and Research On

When I was a tutor, there was nothing like a research project to set kids off into a panic, and I see that as a school librarian too. If your child has a research project coming up, don’t worry. I will show you the steps I used with my […]

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Book Spotlight

I can’t think of a better inspiration for doing the holiday season with aplomb than blogger Jennifer L Scott’s newest book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance.  This is the third in her series of Madame Chic inspired books, and I think it might […]

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The Weekend Checklist

weekend checklist

Using the weekend wisely is crucial to being a successful student.  Below is the weekend checklist we use at my house in order to ensure wise use of time and smooth mornings during the week. Have a great week everyone! The Weekend Checklist  School Planner Updated to Include […]

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Very Bright Students vs. Gifted Students

I know a student I will call, Amazing, and I am positive you all know an Amazing, too.  Amazing has many talents. In addition to being an excellent swimmer, oboist, debater, community volunteer, and student government leader, she is, of course, a gifted student. By all accounts, she […]

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