Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know

The following post was written by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilots Wife.  It originally appeared in September 2010.

The time is upon us again. Back to School is in full swing across the country. As you are gathering your supplies and shopping for new clothes, I wanted to share some thoughts on heading back to school from a teacher’s perspective.

Your child’s teacher might not share these things with you, but I can assure you, they will be thinking them!

6 Tips for Heading Back to School

1. View This Year as a Clean Slate

Last year your child may have had their very favorite teacher (or maybe not-so-favorite). Regardless of the previous teacher, look at this new year as a chance to start fresh.

Your new teacher will probably be different than last year’s so give your child some time to adjust to different expectations and routines. [Read more…]

Book Review: 15 Minutes Outside

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot’s Wife.

We are outdoor people, no question about it. The picture above is my 32 month old picking through a box of worms to help his Grandpa go fishing.

So far this summer we’ve enjoyed hiking, swimming, park playing, hitting up our local farmer’s market, and much more.  Summertime just begs you to get out of doors and revel in all that glorious sunshine, doesn’t it?

I have to admit, though, I sometimes struggle with finding creative ways to get our little family off the couch and into nature. Especially when the temperatures soar above 100 degrees or in the dead of winter when it seems so much more appealing to snuggle up under blankets and watch a movie.

When a friend recommended the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, I thought that sounded like a book I needed to read.

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Games and Activities for Toddlerhood (and Beyond!)

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot”s Wife.

I may have a degree in Early Childhood Education and years of experience in childcare and teaching, but I”m going to admit something today:  keeping young children entertained and occupied can be challenging!

My son is currently 2 1/2 and a ball of unending energy. I turn around for just a moment to fix a snack and find a trail of destruction through the house.

Adding to the frustration, popular media would have you believe that you constantly need something new and shiny every few weeks to keep up with your child”s developmental needs.

In my search for ideas, I”ve come across a few wonderful resources that will help you breathe new life into the things you already have in your home.

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