POSTS WITH TAG: kindergarten

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    You can breathe easily knowing this story does NOT involve a school, students, and guns or violence -- thank goodness -- but the details will still leave you scratching your head.

    A Colorado K-12 school was evacuated when 30 students and a teacher's aide returned to the building after recess reporting eye and skin irritations that resembled allergic reactions. When investigators inspected the area outside of the school grounds, they didn't find pepper spray or a toxic fertilizer -- they discovered six habanero peppers thrown into a bunch of wood chips near the playground. The little suckers caused a whole lot of chaos, and nobody has a clue how or why they were there.

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    Someone's career in crime is off to a shaky start. You have to see this adorable photograph posted on Reddit. A crafty 5-year-old forged her mom's signature, but she got one crucial detail wrong: She signed it "Mommy." Psst. Kid. Imma let you in on a little secret. That's not how "Mommy" signs her name. See, she has this other name. Maybe you've heard Daddy use it?

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    When I think about kindergarten, I picture a peaceful environment that is both fun and educational. At this grade level, children are getting their first taste of being away from mom and dad for long periods of time -- which can be super scary. With hope, caring teachers are introducing them to books and fascinating subjects that will awaken in them a life-long love of learning, while taking their emotional needs into consideration and disciplining them in ways that teach, and don't disrespect.

    Well, that's the ideal scenario, anyway. In reality, some school administrators, like the principal of one school in Connecticut, aren't thinking twice before doing horrendous things, like dragging 5 and 6-year-old children across the hallway as if they were animals.

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    The following is from our sponsor, VolunteerSpot.

    If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to stop stressing over helping in your child’s classroom, listen up! Volunteering in school doesn’t have to leave you pulling your hair out – sure, busy family schedules and work commitments can leave you strapped for time to donate in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help out, or dare say it, actually enjoy your time there. Resolve to make your own ‘mom persona’ for the classroom this year and quickly find yourself looking forward to doing GOOD in your child’s school:

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    All parents are proud of their children when they see them perform at school events. They can mess up a thousand times or cry and flee the stage and we would still insist they are extraordinary and full of promise because, hey, they're so darn cute. But how awesome is it when you attend a concert or recital in which your child is taking part and discover that she really, truly is more unbelievable than you thought. The parents of one little girl got to experience that joy when their tot surprised them by using sign language throughout an entire school holiday concert.

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    A 5-year-old boy was recently taken to the hospital after suffering an anxiety attack because he was placed in a small padded room that his NYC charter school used as a "calm down" room. He and another little boy were reportedly sent there often for their behavior and were then expected to get a grip over their emotions while sitting in a room that resembled a walk-in closet and that contained just a single light on the ceiling, a padded mat, and a partially covered window that allowed teachers to look in but prevented students from looking out.

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    A mom in Oregon is understandably irate this week, after her 5-year-old daughter was left at the wrong bus stop -- with a man she didn't even know.

    When Charlotte Mandich went to retrieve her kindergartner, Natalia, from her designated bus stop on Wednesday, she was met with every parent's worst nightmare. The bus driver informed her that her child had already been dropped off -- leaving Charlotte in a state of panic.

    Want to know where she was? A half mile away with the dad of another little girl she attends school with.

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    If you're one of the millions of parents who have thrown their toddlers birthday parties that involved DJs, pony rides, or caviar, what you're about to read may blow your mind. Not only did actress and model Rebecca Romijn and husband Jerry O'Connell not roll out the red carpet when their twin girls turned 1 -- or 2 or 3 or 4 -- they've never even thrown them a birthday party! Now I'm guessing, though I can't be sure, that these lovely and loving parents probably invited close family over to their digs and at least let their kids blow out some candles on an ice-cream cake or something. But, by the sound of it, little Dolly and Charlie will play Pin the Tail On the Donkey at a party of their very own this year, at the ripe old age of 5.

    And this makes Rebecca one smart mama.

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    Another one rides the bus?Thanks a lot, allegedly sleeping school bus driver in Portland, Oregon, you just made our decision a little bit trickier. So far we’ve been driving our darling daughter to kindergarten every morning and then back again every afternoon. Getting there early in the morning, and waiting in the long, long pickup line in the afternoon; idling in place, wasting time, and definitely wasting lots of gas.

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    Does it seem like more and more parents are keeping their autumn-born children home from school for an extra year before they enroll them in kindergarten? It’s not in your head. Statistics show that more kids than ever are 6 instead of 5 when entering school these days.

    The rationale makes sense. Parents generally want to give their kids the best chance, right? Why not start them a year later when they’re in that questionable, when-do-I-start-them time frame?

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