Having been an elementary teacher, I often get asked school related questions. One of the most frequent questions sounds something like this: How am I supposed to help my child with his math homework when I don't get it myself? Love it,...
  Last year after kindergarten round-up, we decided to redshirt our son for three main reasons: Lucan has a summer birthday and was one of the youngest in his class. He lacked social and emotional maturity. Kindergarten is hard. These...
Last month I shared tips on how I help my reluctant readers. One of my suggestions was to pick books, characters, or authors they love. I know that is easier said than done, so I have made a list of some...
Is your child struggling in school? It might be time to consider tutoring. The Little White Schoolhouse in Ankeny offers a variety of services ranging from individual tutoring, jump-start clinics, day camps, and much more! Signs It's Time to Consider...
Should you read nursery rhymes with your babies? Toddlers? Preschoolers? The overwhelming evidence suggests a big, resounding YES! But aren't they old and outdated? Before you jump to conclusions about reading centuries-old poetry, hear me out. I recently read an article about...
The truth about homeschooling is this: it’s scary. Fun, exhilarating, rewarding, enlightening, yes. But scary. Every summer preceding a new homeschool year, I become fearful. How in the world am I going to do this? I fret. Each year as...
I think I’m failing as a parent. Okay—maybe not in an all-around way, but in this one area I seem to be falling miserably short. My kids despise chores. Is that too strong of a word? Well, anyway, they certainly don’t...
Mother Goose Time is a professionally developed preschool curriculum that nurtures the whole child and supports the child's social, emotional and intellectual growth. Mother Goose Time offers monthly curriculum kits of theme-based, hands-on activities, art projects and early literacy and...
Today's Spotlight is on Pint-Size Technology - Iowa's only provider of Discovery Kids Puterbugs. Their mission is to help take kids natural tech abilities to a new and impressive level essential for their future success. Their program is Fun, Innovative, and Tech Saavy! About...
We've shared one mom's experience with Crystal Clear here on DMMB, but today we're focusing on the importance of quality water for our families. We all know that drinking and using the highest quality water is essential for our families -...

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