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Educating “Gifted” Children

Five years ago, we took our older kids for an intellectual evaluation (WISC-V for David, who was 6, and WPPSI-IV for Elizabeth, who was 4). They both tested in the 98th/99th percentiles on all the indices, right in that “moderately gifted” range. We’re not talking Little Man Tate here, by […]

Kindergarten Rocks

Abigail is thriving in her school’s “hybrid” kindergarten program. She has a few advantages compared to her older siblings, which I mentioned before. First, kindergartners get to go to school in person 4 days per week, instead of just 2 days. Because of that, the teacher doesn’t have to teach […]

Failed Civics Lesson

Over dinner this week, Adam and I were talking about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may her memory be for a blessing, and the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Elizabeth asked, “Was Ruth on the School Committee?” (There was a vacancy on our local School Committee recently.) Thereupon began […]

Cooking with the Parasha

I think there’s been a creative homeschooling mom inside me for a while, trying to get out. Jews divide the Torah into 54 portions, and 1 portion (called a parasha) is read aloud in the synagogue each week. (The Jewish calendar is lunisolar — the number of weeks in a […]

Opting for Lazy Parenting

The “snow plow” parents: they clear their children’s paths to success, pouring resources into their children’s happiness, exhausting themselves for their children’s sake: I get it. The post-Millennial generation (born 1997-2012) is on track to be the most educated generation in U.S. history, with parents who are wealthier than previous […]

Mixed Experiences with the “Hybrid” Plan

I’ll be the first to say that for most students, distance learning can’t replace a great in-person experience. Pure distance-learning is suboptimal. Sal Khan, I Started Khan Academy. We Can Still Avoid an Education Catastrophe. Sal points out 3 shortcomings of distance learning: Kids don’t get the social-emotional experiences that […]