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Category Archives: Education

“Mom, I really do prefer the book!”

I realize Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH might be seen by some as “just” a children’s book, but it is one of those books that had a profound effect on me and contributed to my love of and respect for well-written prose.

FLASHBACK: It’s in the teaching

Every once in a while I look through my past writing and dust off something from the vault. I originally wrote this in January, 2009, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Ethan was almost four. I told Ethan there was no school today because it was a special holiday called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. […]

Check Mate

Warning: this blog post is one big kvell-fest. Don’t know what that means? Ask a Jewish mother. Ethan recently joined the Chess Club at his school. He had asked me to sign him up because he knew a couple of his friends were in it. Considering his amazing brain and his penchant for strategy games, […]

In a class by itself

Tonight I wept uncontrollably in front of my son. I had felt lump after lump form in my throat and struggled to choke back what I knew were inevitable tears. As I held still, quiet, trying to get a grip, Ethan looked up at me, his own tears threatening to spill over onto his cheeks. […]

All day WOW

To those who are familiar with my family, it comes as no surprise to hear that Ethan, my energetic, full-of-life-and-his-own-direction five-year-old is yet again in trouble for one reason or another. He has a hard time being a “first-time listener,” and is a boundary-pusher. He has trouble controlling his body and his impulses, and we […]