How to Spend Those Back to School Dollars

Independence Day is long gone. By at least a week. Which means the sales for back to school on are the horizon. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh has some great tips on how to spend those back to school dollars. Oh, I hate to say the words but, well, it’s not going to be long […]

Grammar Picks for Homeschooling

Grammar matters. The study of language usage helps us communicate effectively. photo source This summer I’m presenting a series of posts about homeschooling and afterschooling (read: enrichment) resources that are parent-friendly and designed to boost your child’s education. If you’ve missed previous posts, head here for the “anchor” post and all the links. This week, […]

Ensuring a Good Teacher Fit

While I’m busily getting ready for the next year of homeschooling, Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh offers some great suggestions for public schoolers to find the right teacher for next year. photo source As we move into the summer months, we put the 2011-’12 school year behind us. Classes are over, report cards are sent, […]

Enjoy Spring Even When Your Hours are Limited

The days are lengthening and the sun shines a little longer, however, school and weekly activities can preclude our enjoyment of the nicer weather. Contributing writer JessieLeigh offers some great tips on how to enjoy both. Spring is upon us and that means warmer weather and longer daylight.  That’s wonderful news and reason for joy, […]

Plan to Have Great Parent-Teacher Communication This Year

It’s a New Year!  And, while January certainly doesn’t usher in a new school year, it’s still a great time to take a good look at ways to make your child’s public school experience an even better and richer one. Contributor Jessie Leigh offers some great suggestions for parent-teacher communications. photo source The early months of a […]

Meaningful Teacher Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids (12 Days of Family Fun)

Teacher gifts don’t need to be expensive or complicated. Today Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh, shares three meaningful teacher gifts you can make with your kids. It’s that time of year. The turkey has been devoured, the leftovers packaged up, and our minds have turned toward Christmas. Ready or not, it will be here […]

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 […]