Long Island Teachers & Parents Speak Out About Common Core


Hot button topic right now = Common Core. I've seen and heard numerous discussions about Common Core curriculum, ranging from "what is it?" to parents keeping their kids home from school on November 18 in a show of solidarity against these standards. All in all, people are hearing and saying these two words everywhere. The term Common Core is short for Common Core State Standards Initiative. Per CommonCore.org, the mission statement is as follows To provide a consistent, clear understanding … [Read more...]

Who Luvs You, Baby?


Parents rejoice! Help is on the way for your baby who just can’t seem to fall asleep. Luvs diapers will be bringing its Lullaby Lift service to neighborhoods in Brooklyn this Thursday and Friday between the hours of 6 PM and 12 AM.  If you happen to be in or around Brooklyn, simply tweet @Luvs #lullabylift, and your knight in shining armor, in the form of a souped-up chauffeured Ford Escape will arrive ready to take you and your night owl for a ride to sleepy town.  The car comes equipped … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Get Organized for Back to School

With about half of Long Island having already started school last week and the other half starting today, I thought it would be a great way to get back into "school mode" by sharing some great organizing tips I found around the web. There obviously are many more but here are my favorites. As my kids grow like weeds (especially my son), I am finding myself constantly adding clothes to the "donate" pile. I'm An Organizing Junkie has great (and simple) tips for cleaning out the kids closets … [Read more...]

August is almost over – ALREADY??

Hawaii Beach, Maui

Can it really be August 25 already? I feel like school just ended. The summer went all too quickly. For my family, it was a total whirlwind. 1st kid off to sleepaway camp for the first time. 7 weeks is a long time to be down a kid. 2nd kid had the time of her life in day camp, again. Our family (and extended family) traveled to Hawaii for almost two weeks for a family wedding. Hawaii. 2 weeks vacation. Enough said? Here's a glimpse of what I've woken up to and looked at for the past … [Read more...]

Sandy Hook, Always In Our Thoughts

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Last Friday morning when I put my kids on the bus to go to school, we were rushing. No one was ready as the bus pulled down the block and there was a lot of yelling - "Get your jacket,", "Do you have your lunch?", "Stop hitting each other", "I don't want to wear a jacket, ", "You have to wear a jacket, it is freezing," - all of the things we go through every morning and last Friday morning was no different. Never in a million years did I think when I sent my kids to school that there was a … [Read more...]

Is there a day care stigma?


Many new parents on Long Island face the tough task of selecting childcare for their children. For most of us, our choices consist of three options: hire a nanny, enroll at a daycare center, or have a family member provide the care. All have their own benefits and drawbacks, and sometimes the decision simply comes down to what we can afford and what’s available. I went back to work as a teacher when my son was nine months old. My husband and I decided that with our schedules (and my … [Read more...]

First Day of School Traditions – What’s Yours?

first day of school picture 2008

Our family is not huge on traditions, but we do have a few. Our first day of school tradition is that we take a few pictures of the kids, and in at least one picture, each kid holds a sign that says what grade they are going into and the date. It's amazing to look back at these pictures and see how much they have grown up! The look on my daughter's face in the first picture cracks me up! And yes, I know that one year I forgot the sign and the next year we didn't get a picture of them … [Read more...]

Camp Talk: Go With A Friend?


When my son was little, he went to day camp with a bunch of his friends - they went in like a pack. As they got older and many made the transition to sleep-away camp, the decision making took a different turn - many parents want their kids to go to sleep-away camp and make new friends and so they happily base their decision more on their own kid than where the kids can go in a pack. Marla Leader, Director of the Long Island "The Camp Experts and Teen Summers", gave us some insight on this … [Read more...]

7 Summer Reading Programs That Will Make Your Kids Love Books

summer reading programs for kids 2012

In about a month, school will be out and kids will be all about the summer - playing outside, eating ice cream and no classes or homework.  Reading is something that kids should keep up all year and enjoy it, and as parents we should encourage them reading all year round so they do not only associate it with school. There are many summer reading programs around Long Island that will reward kids and give them incentives to read all summer long! Check with your local libraries in both Nassau … [Read more...]

New York State Tests…from a Mom’s point of view

New York State Assessment Exams for kids

Thanks to the New York State Assessment Exams, the past two weeks have been quite stressful for me as a parent of a 7th grader and a 3rd grader. Blame it on me being a nervous mother or flashbacks of my own test anxieties, but I found myself doing Pepto-Bismol shots each morning. I know that both of my kids were prepared well for the New York State tests - both the ELA's and Math Assessments. For awhile, it seemed like all they did was take practice tests. The morning of the tests (day 1 of … [Read more...]