Bring Back the Boys

I haven’t used this blog as a platform for my thoughts in a long time.  It has primarily been a glorified baby book for my boys.

But this TED talk really had me thinking this morning–even with the lack of sleep as of late.

Watch this video, especially if you have young, school aged boys in your life.  It’s only 12 minutes.

Here are my thoughts:

 My comic book loving, wrestling enthusiast, nerf gun using boys are wild in a good way–the boy way.  They are 100% boy.  They love to write said topics in comic book fashion.  The books they have written are strewn from room to room here at our house.  One of my sons even spent his own money to copy a comic he wrote at Kinkos so he could sell them–$2.00 for a copy, $2.50 for it autographed.  They want to write all about boy things.  Constantly.  The zero tolerance from schools has not really squelched their desire to write about these topics, as we have been blessed with wonderful teachers who have understood their penchant for action filled writing as just that…writing.  Nothing else.

  The woman giving the TED talk is promoting better gaming ideas to help with keeping our boys involved and excited about learning.  She brings up so many wonderful points about how we as educators are losing boys.

–There aren’t enough male teachers for our boys to look up to as a role model.

–The number of children with special needs is larger with boys than with girls.  (I have a child with ADHD and sensory issues…I live that life, too.  I’m one who sees things through the eyes of an educator AND a mom of special needs.)

  –There is not enough movement in our classrooms. (Teachers ask students to sit and sit and write and write.  I know I often feel like I can’t get everything I need to teach into my day and it stresses me out.  But boys need to move.  If that is incorporated into the day, things get a little bit better because my students are ready to learn.)

— And then she adds the part about better games that teach and entertain.

I do not think gaming is the complete answer.  I think children get enough of that time at home, often without limitations or time constraints.  But it’s hard to get the attention of my students in a world that readily hands them information and entertainment via TV, computer, or device.  There are days when it doesn’t matter how many cartwheels I do in the front of the classroom, they still.don’t.understand the topic or skill.  Teaching has changed so much in the 15 years I have been in the profession.

My point is this:  There are other ways to engage our boys and girls in the classroom.  Having students move, jump, and act out gets children involved in the lesson.  Using music, small groups, and drama incorporated into lessons are also powerful ways of actively engaging students.

I did love this TED talk.  I completely agree that we are losing the boys of our classrooms.

 I just want my fellow teachers to understand that gaming isn’t the one and only answer.


Trading in Pool Bags for School Bags

It’s the first day of school!

Well, it was on August 20.

I’m a little late.  As usual.


Frack–2nd grade

Frick–3rd grade

Mom–teaching 1st grade.

First Day of 3K

Frog is now old enough to be in 3K.


He as the same teachers Frick had when he was born.


It does not sit well with me — when Baby Frog makes it to school–and not in a baby carrier!

His first day of school was Tuesday, Sept. 3.

I was able to leave my school and take him into his class, all during my planning period.




Time needs to stop.


The One Where There Are a Bazillion Pictures Because I Haven’t Posted in Months.

Life is fast and furious!

The last time I posted, I had to sum up the summer.

Now I have to sum up the beginning of the school year.

It’s November for Pete’s sake!!



We’ve been busy in school!

Frack is in first grade and Frick is in second.

I love the reflectors doing their job and doing it well with the flash of my camera.

These boys are at my school with me and I LOVE having them there.


We’ve been busy taking naps in the car because someone wants to begin giving it up.

Sorry, but Mom ain’t having it, Frog.

However we did give up the beloved paci on October 29.


We’ve been busy losing teeth!!

Frack is missing two and Frick is missing 4.

We keep the Tooth Fairy in business around here.


Halloween was bittersweet.

Frick was sick with a 103 degree fever, caused by strep throat.  He unfortunately was not feeling up to trick or treating.

We did get a pose from him as Pajama Man with the rest of the family, as he was coasting on his Motrin high.

And his Mom is a rockstar because she filled his bucket to the brim with candy for her him.


Frog turned three on November 5th.  Three.


Doesn’t it seem like he was just born?!


We’ve spent some time at Clemson watching our beloved Tigers play.

Each time Frog sees the Tigers on TV or in a book he says,

“Ooooo!!  We went there!  Wet’s go back!!”


The Posse went with me to vote.

These are their intimidation faces:



And today is Frick’s 8th birthday!

He started off the day on the school’s news program with a Birthday Book we bought for him through the school library.

What  a post!

Hopefully, it won’t be three months before I update again.

Teacher Gifts

The first day of school is nerve-wracking for everyone, including teachers.

Thanks to Pinterest, I found the cutest “welcome back” gift for Frick and Frack’s teachers, to help ease them into the new school year.  This was the photo I repinned:

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Click the photo to see how the  straw flags can be made.  The message on the little flags is more for Teacher Appreciation Week.   I tweaked it to fit the first day of school by writing this on one of our “calling cards” used for gift giving:

Here’s to quenching my thirst for knowledge!

I found the tervis cups at WalMart for $5.

I filled them with Crystal Light packets that were BOGO at Publix.

Here is how my cups turned out:

Back to School

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As I prepare my own children for their first days of school, I prepare myself for the new year as well.

Will I like my class?

How will I get to know each student?

Will I be able to challenge each one?

Will they like me?

But the most important question for myself is this:

Will I be able to instill a love of learning in my students?

You see, preschool is a springboard into the major grades.  If I can’t foster a love of learning, then I haven’t done my job.  Are the ABCs and 123s important?  Of course.  But these little ones are like the seeds planted in the ground.  They must be cultivated and bathed in sunshine.  My sunshine.

That’s why I high five them, tell them they are fabulous, and encourage them to do more.

That’s why I really get into reading aloud to my students.  They need to know how fun reading can be.  Even though these little ones are barely reading themselves, I want them to be excited to hear the stories I read.

Teaching is a challenge, but I was meant to do it.

My prayer is that my love for learning and children shows to my students and their parents.

Please Pass the Tissues

We’ve been preparing Frick for first grade, which he starts on the 15th.

  • Registering
  • Purchasing the school Tshirt that had to be worn for two days after picking it up
  • Gathering school supplies for weeks now to avoid fighting crowds during the tax free weekend (bleck–not my idea of fun)
  • Obtaining a new “first grade” backpack–sans characters.  “You know, I AM in first grade now, Mom.”  
He is ready.
Most parents are also ready for the start of school.
I always thought one day I would be like this dad:
But I’m not.
This morning Frick sweetly said,
“I sure am going to miss you when I’m in first grade, Mom.”
I’ll miss you, too, buddy.
sniff sniff
I do love that Staples commercial, though.

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