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Yay Jude!

Maybe it is just me but it seems that kids have a lot of "homework" and not a lot of creative thinking/play work now. I worry that we are stifling our kid's creative sides in order to pass standardized tests.

Ginny Marie

It sounds like you are doing just the right thing for Jude!

Did you know I taught second grade for years? (12 years, actually.) At the first school I taught at, students sitting still like rows of soldiers was encouraged, and I was reprimanded by the principal for letting my students collaborate and talk with each other! That's a long story, but in the end I found a school that believed in the same philosophies I did. We did seminar teaching in math, where the students were able to sit in groups and talk with each other. And ALL the student were able to build structures with toothpicks and marshmallows! You make me want to get back into the classroom! :)

Erica@Pines Lake Redhead

Yeah! Way to go Jude!

Amazing how something as simple as eliminating electronic distractions can refocus a child's attention. If only I could get my husband to back me up on that one in our house.

Sprite's Keeper

Woohoo! Go, Jude!
That's awesome. Sometimes, playing on the teacher's side makes a world of difference, even when you wish the teacher would be a little more accomodating.

Sarah at themommylogues

This year Ella ended up in a last minute, bring the class sizes down, extra class. It's just 15 kids. In a public school. With Mr. B, the brand new teacher. Best. Year. Ever. He works so hard to make sure everyone is busy and challenged and learning. But they also have hamsters, and mess around and have fun. He signed Ella up for some kind of invitation only young author's conference. I actually filled out a teacher request form on the very off chance he gets moved to third grade next year, could we please have him again.

All I know is, thank you, Jesus, for schools, and my public school in particular. Because Ella and I would not survive homeschooling. Not one bit. Natalie, maybe. But Ella and I couldn't do it.


Both of my sons had the same problems - it's classic "boy behavior"; they just aren't meant to sit still for long stretches of time. Cutting off electronics during the week worked well for The Young One, who responds well to "rewards systems" but it did nothing for Oldest Son. He simply hated school from Day One.


Yay Jude - and yay Mama! We did the same thing a couple of years ago - no TV during the week, no electronics except for the rare circumstance as a reward, and it has made a world of difference in our kids' behavior, and made it so much easier to get things done. It was hard at first but once they realized it just wasn't an option, they realized how many other options they do have - and with the great weather we usually have, why not kick their butts out to play?

Karen at French Skinny

That is so inspiring! I love it. Mine is starting Kindergarten this year and is VERY energetic. I love your solution. I love a plan.



Way to go both of you!


Good for you. TV dumbs kids down. As does the wii, the iphone, any kind of screen.
Left to their own devices, they will be creative and inquisitive.

Michele Renee

Yay to both of you! And to Dad to for the ball throwing (ok, that sounded weird).
My 2 youngest sons have had teachers tell them their whole lives that they chat too much. A 3rd grade teacher told us that she is supposed to say that on her notes but she knows that actually it is a trait that is a positive in interactions as an adult. I love it when teachers have sons.


Way to help him work it out, Mom!


Good job Jude! And good job Gretchen!

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