Jenn Wasko, a fellow HOMER Mom from Houston, loves making costumes with her family. She shares her story and also a little inspiration for you if you’re thinking about making your own costume creation, using your child’s passion as a springboard. Check out Robot for Halloween in Homer Stories, then read Jenn’s story. What crafty character will you and your child make together?
It’s parent-teacher conference time! For many parents, the pressure is on. Your child has been in school for a few months now. How are they stacking up? You’ve seen the insta-videos of proud moms sharing shots of kids reading fluently at age 5, winning the advanced spelling bee, or reading every sight word known to man. It’s tough not to feel a touch of anxiety as we take our seats in those tiny chairs and prepare to hear how our kids are progressing as readers (and friends, and citizens, etc. etc. etc.)
A few days ago, I visited my daughter’s classroom for a “gallery tour” of the “self portraits” the kids had been working on for a few weeks in art. The kids proudly walked their parents through the classroom, sharing the different portraits and pointing out the subtle differences in each beautiful drawing. “Addie has green eyes and brown skin and I have green eyes and peach skin. See mommy.” Without judgment or discomfort, my daughter talked about the colors and features that made her and her friends different. At a time when many of us are wondering how to talk about diversity with our kids, my daughter’s gallery tour was a powerful reminder of how much we can learn from our own children. I’m happy to say that we can also learn a lot from our Mom friends.
It’s back to school season and many young learners are embarking on an entirely new adventure – kindergarten! According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students enter kindergarten at very different skills levels, which is natural given that children may be coming from a variety of early childhood experiences, ranging from highly-skilled-focused pre-K programs, play-based preschools, Head Start, or no preschool at all. An average kindergarten class may have children with a five-year skill range in terms of reading ability, from children who don’t recognize letters or letter sounds to those who can read short books.