POSTS WITH TAG: kindergarten

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    Plenty of moms have cried a mixture of happy and sad tears over their kids starting kindergarten this year, as it's such a huge milestone in any parent's life.

    I mean, it's so hard to send them off to "big kid" school after being accustomed to the security blanket that is preschool. At the same time, we feel a sense of pride at seeing them take such a huge and significant step.

    As crazy as it may sound, we actually have quite a bit in common with our new little school-goers. When you stop and think about it, a 5-year-old's routine really isn't all that different from what moms do (and feel) on a daily basis.

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    I can’t believe how fast this day came. Where did the last five years go? How did my baby boy get to be so big? It happens to all of us. We blink and they are kindergarteners. The next thing you know, they are taking their SATs and picking out colleges. (Okay, seriously, I don’t need that to come too quickly.)

    So as I got up this morning, I took note of the morning as it unfolded before me. Little snapshots in my mind captured tiny memories I never wanted to forget, as well as lessons and reminders I needed to tell myself.

    Here are a few things I either learned, or reminded myself of, on my son's first day of kindergarten:

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    Moms and Dads, how prepared is your kindergartner for college? Fairly prepared I hope, because 13 years is BARELY enough time to equip your son or daughter for university. Said no one ever. Oh, wait, someone DID actually say that. The principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, New York, along with four kindergarten teachers. They canceled this year's kindergarten play in order to "prepare children for college and career."

    Sadly, no. I am not joking.

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    A 38-year-old school bus driver has been indicted for selling heroin while on break from taking children to and from school. Anna Kovarick, an employee of Acme Bus, worked for West Islip Catholic schools on Long Island. Her runs would include the morning pickup of kids and bring them to school. Then during the time she would have to wait to pick them up from school to take them home, she would sell heroin. She'd return to her school bus route, drop kids off at school, and sell more heroin.

    What any bus driver does on their break is their business, but doing something illegal is an issue, especially since this is dealing with drugs.

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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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