Category Archives: Tk – The Machine And The Magic

TK is my successful childcare of some 30plus years. Most of the time it runs like a smoothly operating machine, and watching it is magic.

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 2

phonics header

In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed teaching your child the letters of the alphabet and their associated phonetic sounds. Please click the link to Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1 if you haven’t already read it. Only after your child has mastered the skills in part 1, they are ready to move Read More →

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1


Teaching your child to read is a momentous undertaking, and an incredible gift you can give to your child, even before they go to school. Please don’t think that only the “professionals” can teach your child how to read after they go to kindergarten. In fact, in most cases, I think that you as the parent Read More →

TK Blog is launched!

TK Blog launched sunrise

  And here we are…day one of my new blog. Why am I starting a Blog? Does everybody who starts a new blog write one of these “why I am starting a Blog” blogs? Kind of like the obligatory “what I did on my summer vacation” essay on the first day back to school? I have Read More →

The Activity Cupboard

zzzactivity cupboard

I wonder how many children’s hands have reached into this cupboard, and picked out a box of toys, played with it, and then put them away and then put the box neatly back into the activity cupboard? How many kids have learned to sort their beads by colors, stack their blocks, or build their Lego Read More →

In spite of…

square R drawing

In spite a very difficult start to our first day of our new homeschool,  my li’l ‘Rosebug drew one of her most proficient drawings for a school assignment. It is supposed to be a drawing of her home, featuring things that start with the letters A and B. In the picture the Rosebug is eating an Read More →


squirrel (chipmunk)

We are starting a new school today, my li’l Rosebug and I. It’s an online homeschool called “Connections Academy”. We put the ‘Bug in public school for first grade last year. Boy was THAT a waste of time! At that point we didn’t know we were going to be adopting her, and I didn’t have Read More →

Time on a Wall…

blank clock face

Pretty tight schedule around here on weekday mornings. I get up at 4am and work on the computer as that is the only time that my brain function and peace and quiet coordinate around here. My first childcare kid comes in about 5:30. Thankfully my early childcare kids are content to watch TV in the morning, Read More →

A Year Old Conversation

An old conversation I had with a respected friend a year ago about my li’l Rosebug:   ME: Her teacher cut down on homework significantly. I felt like 90% of her problems are attitudinal, with focus issues…. It is just so hard to pin point. When she is in a good, cooperative space (which is rare when Read More →