Education Expectations: What I Care About, and What I Don’t


On a recent episode of Mad Men, Pete Campbell’s ex-wife, Trudy, calls him in a tizzy because their daughter didn’t get into the school they expected. Not a college or prep school, mind you…preschool. One reason cited for Tammy’s failure was her lack of skill in the “Draw a Man” test. I was reminded of a discussion […]

Sarah Kate and the Sheriff


It’s been a big week for Sarah Kate, and it ain’t over yet. Fresh off of Monday evening’s performance, Tuesday evening Sarah Kate came face-to-face with the sheriff. Each of the area schools was invited to nominate a student for the local Optimist Club’s Youth Appreciation Award, given to students who are outstanding achievers in […]

Nathan: Full of Surprises


Way back in 2012, when Nathan was not-quite two and a half, his early intervention speech therapist was at the house. He was playing with one of his favorite toys at the time, a green-and-white Leapfrog My Own Leaptop. When he first got it, he loved it – probably because he thought he was getting […]

Let’s Chat About the 504 and the IEP


Ah, yes, it’s that time again. The start of the school year, you mean? Well, yes, but it’s also the dreaded season of IEP 1 and 504 2 meetings. Nathan has the first, and Sarah Kate has had both (she has a 504 plan at the moment), so I’ve done both in years past – and […]

The Words I Was Sure I’d Never Say

Another school year has come and gone. Come August, Sarah Kate will move up to the sixth grade, and Nathan will be in Pre-K. We’ve registered him for three days a week again at the same private preschool he’s attended the past two years, and of course, he’s also still eligible for the developmental preschool […]

First Day of School: Hit and Miss

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And all the angels sang, “Hallelujah!” when they heard the good news that school is back in session! I kid, I kid … sort of. 😉 I will miss the freedom of the summer days but I’m also happy that we’re getting back into a routine. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t […]

The Perils of the Petting Zoo


Nathan’s developmental preschool teacher is either a much more kind and generous soul than I am, or a madwoman. She brought in a petting zoo for the end of school party yesterday. Of course, she chose to be surrounded by preschoolers for years on end as her occupation, so I guess that first sentence could have […]

The Dreaded Preschool IEP

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I’ve known it was coming for awhile now.The dreaded IEP meeting. If you aren’t familiar with the abbreviation that strikes fear in the hearts of moms like me everywhere, it stands for Individualized Education Program. It’s the game plan for educating a child who doesn’t fit the norm. Nathan will age out of Early Intervention […]