Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Well, here we are again. Another school year has started and first day photos taken. We’re off to the races for another year of school. Technically, we’ve been racing for the last four weeks since Sophie started third grade at her new school in Indiana on August 9. Yep, August 9! It felt strange and […]

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Sophie started second grade this week and I’m a bit in shock that I have a such a “grown up” kid! She has a teacher who has high energy, which Sophie will respond well to. She’s known to expect a lot of the kids, which I appreciate. And the kids in the class are a […]

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Sophie started first grade last week. I’m in awe of how much she’s grown, just over the summer months. She stopped sucking her thumb completely (more on that later). She got her ears pierced. She can now read entire books by herself, road signs, and so many words. She is so much more confident at her school […]

The First Day of Kindergarten

We made it to kindergarten! Sophie had a fantastic first day and I managed to not shed any tears. Well, I didn’t shed any tears on the first day, but I was quite emotional the week leading up to yesterday. More than anything, I was just so excited for her to start this new phase […]

Being Claude Monet

Sophie’s preschool class has been learning about famous artists this year. They started with Pablo Picasso, worked their way through Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh, and are now in the midst of Claude Monet. This particular artist unit led the class on a field trip to San Diego’s Balboa Park and to the Park’s Lily […]

Hamantashen: A Purim Treat

Purim, one of the most loved Jewish holidays for kids, is coming up March 23. Purim tells the story of the courageous Queen Esther who saves the Jewish people from the evil King Haman. Jewish communities hold Purim carnivals where kids and adults dress-up, usually in crowns, costumes and jewelry. Groggers (noise makers), masks and hamantashen […]

Curiouser and Curiouser (or the Questions of Sophie in Wonderland)

I’m feeling the need to go back to school. I say this not because I have a desire to learn new things. No, I need to learn all the things I forgot or ignored the first time around in order to keep up with the questions that Sophie asks me every day. You think I’m […]

The First Day of School (2011)

Sophie has come a long way since her first day of preschool last September.  She’s nearly 4-years-old. She is quite a bit taller and her baby cheeks are smaller. She now has short hair and a “big girl” back-pack. The lunch box and shoes remain the same (can’t figure out if the shoes were too […]

Meet Alice Ozma and The Reading Promise

You all know how much I love books, reading and writers. So imagine how excited I was to interview Alice Ozma about her debut memoir. I am pleased to share with you my interview/profile of her below. I highly recommend her book. It was so touching and a must-read for parents (or potential parents). ***** […]