balancing summer activitesA Lowcountry summer arrives early and fast. Making sure we have plenty of activities to keep our little ones occupied and ourselves sane becomes a top priority.

The days become less-structured when school is out, and I am reminded of “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” Nat King Cole’s song captures the essence of summer, but what happens to that slower pace?

shutterstock 345913037When our children are babies, we are so in tune with their milestones. When are they supposed to sit up? When should they walk? After they finish becoming mobile, potty-training and learning to talk, the milestones seem fewer and farther between. Somehow, we lose track of when they should learn independent living skills as they get older. However, to move your child forward toward being a capable adult, the work never ends. Here are some skills that might not get checked at the doctor's office, but are just as important.

lowcountry girl scoutBeing a Girl Scout Leader has been the most rewarding role I have held outside of “Mom”. I just sort of fell into it--it was never my aspiration. I never thought I’d have the time or would know enough about the program to do it on my own. My youngest daughter started as a daisy in kindergarten. That is the typical age to get involved. 

kindergartenBeginning kindergarten can be an intimidating time for children and parents alike. As a parent of young children, I can relate to the fear of putting your child in a new situation or environment and wondering whether or not they will be happy and successful. Being a kindergarten teacher, I can give you a few tips in preparing your child for kindergarten, so that they can be successful, and therefore, HAPPY, which is all that really matters! 

Summer slideYou’ve heard it from your child’s teacher probably a hundred times: “Don’t forget to read over the summer!” and in your head, you go “Yeah, yeah, we’ll get right on that,” right? 

We’ve all been there, I know, but here’s the real scoop…

The lower the grade, the greater the risk your kid has of their reading regressing. In first grade, I’ve seen a child fall back as many as 6 reading levels. SIX! Teachers dread beginning of the year reading assessments. It’s so disheartening to see kids move back levels after we worked so hard to get them where they end the year.