Month: March 2015

What Parents Need to Know About this Year’s Standardized Testing

Late in 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) as the new statewide standardized testing. The new exam system will be given to 3rd grade through high school students in April and will replace the AIMS test in reading, writing and math.

We wanted to answer some questions that have come up so everyone is aware and on the same page as we adapt to this important change in education.

This Spring, Go Pitch a Tent!

We live in a beautiful area of Arizona. The Coconino National Forest is right in our own backyard. Among the trees and wonderful landscape lies the perfect place to plan a staycation. Get outside and see what lessons the great outdoors has planned for you. From setting up camp (teaches teamwork!), to making a fire (teaches science!), to hiking (learn about exercise!) there are so many things you can take in from a simple camping adventure.

Practicing Patience as a Virtue

Everyone has to wait. Whether it’s waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting on the sidelines at a sibling’s soccer game, waiting in the lobby for dance or karate class, or waiting to be picked up by the bus or carpool for school, life just has a lot of waiting.

This teaches all of us that patience is a skill that inevitably has to be learned. It can be one of the hardest skills to learn, but it is truly one of life’s lessons that cannot be avoided. Most of us are taught that patience is a virtue, but most of us are never taught why.