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Excellence found in Chatham County public schools

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:39am

So it's the last day of school for Chatham County public school kids. Let summer begin!

Oddly enough, as I drove my kids to school this morning for their last day of 4th and 3rd grades, they discussed how they wished they could go to school all year and how school is more fun than summer. Apparently summer is boring, just sitting around watching tv all day (which is not even what my kids do!).

A happy back-to-school new year

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:59am

And so they're back to school, cold weather and all. The house is quiet as pets nap and I tap away at the keyboard, alone with my thoughts, thinking.

We had a good Christmas break, complete with family and friends and fun. I was sad last night to see it end, just as I was happy this morning to send them off, bundled in their warmest coats for the brief dash from van to school building.

"Brainstorming" on a school project with my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:22am

This week my 4-year-old brought home an assignment from school to disguise a turkey. On a sheet of thick, white paper was Tom the Turkey, and it was up to the kids to disguise him so the Farmer would not find him for Thanksgiving. The instructions said for parents to “brainstorm” with the child about ways to disguise old Tom. “Be creative,” they said. And, “Use a variety of materials.”

Veterans' Day

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 4:21pm

As I picked up my 4-year-old from preschool on Friday, he happily announced to me, “We don't have school on Mondays any more. That's what my teachers said.”

I paused for a moment, and remembered this Monday would be Veterans' Day. “Oh. I think they meant just this Monday,” I explained. “This Monday is a holiday so there's no school, but you'll still have school on Mondays usually.”

When the path to school is lined with cicadas and worms

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 3:06pm

This school year I've been making a point of walking my kids to school in the morning. It starts our day out with a little exercise and fresh air, and gives us some nice time together. Plus, I've read a couple of articles about how physical activity, and especially walking to school in the morning, really sets kids up for success throughout their school day, making them more alert and better able to learn.

Some ideas for helping kids handle stress

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:35pm

Dealing with uncertainty, change, or problems can cause stress for anyone, including our children. So when I came across some tips about how to help kids handle stress, I thought they were especially appropriate now as school starts up again and some of our little people may be facing some anxieties and stress.

Almost school time again... remembering to make the most of every season

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:50am

Soon the school bells will be ringing and the children will be filling their classrooms. Many kids are dreading this return to the school year routine. My son said just the other day that he wishes he didn't have to go to school.

Looking back on my own childhood, I remember the feeling of dread just before the start of a new school year. It's that uncertainty of how things will play out. It's also simply the disruption of the comfortable summer life with hardly a care in the world. Change can be challenging after all.

How my daughter's science fair project is stressing me out

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 6:22pm

It's science fair time at our school. This is my daughter's first year to participate in the science fair, and boy am I stressed.

Although I went on to get a science degree in college, I never had much success with science fair projects. I always waited too long to start, and I always did a project with plants that proved essentially nothing. As an adult, I have come to accept the fact that my thumb is any color but green. That little tidbit would have come in handy during science fair.

Overreaction to 6-year-old "shooting" classmate with his finger?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:02pm

Did you see the news story today about a Maryland 6-year-old boy who was suspended from school for a day for making a “gun” with his thumb and forefinger and “shooting” a fellow student (http://news.yahoo.com/maryland-school-suspends-six-old-boy-making-gun-120614885.html)? Seriously. I think parents of boys everywhere should be very afraid if this is what things are coming to.

Dealing with the Newtown, CT school shooting

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 9:45am

I'm wondering how many parents discussed the Newtown, CT school shooting with their children this weekend and how many chose not to. It's a tricky subject, and I know parents on both sides. Some feel the kids need to know; others want to shelter them.

Personally, I was not too motivated to discuss the incident with my kids. What do you say? Will they be overcome with fear? But when I saw my 8-year-old reading the Wall Street Journal for the first time ever because she noticed the headline, I knew there would be no sheltering.

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