Extracurricular Activities to Supplement Academics

The following is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: We all know one of “those families”– the ones who have their children’s lives so full and micro-managed that there’s not a single spare moment to breathe or relax. I definitely do not advocate over-scheduling little ones. I’m a firm believer in family-time, down-time, and […]

5 Ways to Welcome Your Child Home From School

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: Ah, back to school. It’s a bittersweet time. With the excitement of new notebooks and pencils comes the worry about difficult subjects. With the joy of meeting new friends comes the fear of not fitting in. With the fresh new start of a school year comes the […]

Misconceptions About Public School

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: photo credit: Alex Grant There are so many factors to consider as we decide what path we’ll choose in educating our children.  And, happily, there are many great choices out there!  What works for one family may not work for another.   Priorities will vary from parent to […]

The End of the School Year and That Mountain of School Papers

The following post is from LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh: photo source Thanks to record snowfalls this past winter, we won’t be getting out of school until the end of June this year.  I know some of you have been out for a month already!  Either way, there’s always lots of paperwork to sort through and deal […]

Celebrating The End of the School Year

photo credit: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Today is the last day of our school year. We began in early August and have clocked more than 180 instructional days. So, today wraps up the end of our “formal schooling” for the year. What this looks like at our house is that the kids can sleep in a […]

Questions of Kindergarten: Full Day versus Half Day

A post from LifeasMOM Contributor, JessieLeigh About this time of year, notices start going home to the parents of 4 1/2 to 5 year olds; it’s time to start registering for kindergarten. In my town this year, it’s a very hot topic. At story hour, birthday parties, and outside the pre-K classroom, mommies can be […]

Resolved: To Be Happy with How We Do School

photo source – A post from LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh – As 2011 rolls on in, I am resolving to be happy. Happy about my home. Happy about my job. Happy about all the amazing blessings I’ve been entrusted with. I’m also happy about the schooling choice we’ve made for our family. And I think that’s […]

Keeping Christ in Christmas as a Public School Family

- A post from LifeasMOM contributor, Jessie Leigh – One of the most difficult times of year for me, a Christian woman who chooses to send her children to public school, is Christmastime. While I understand the separation of church and state, it often feels like our school systems are taking this to the extreme. […]