First Days of School

by Momma Frizzle First day of school photos are among my favorite. Even if they’re posed, these snapshots end up being candid. Revealing excitement, anxiety and hope all rolled into one moment. I remember my first day of Kindergarten largely because of this photo. I...
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Mean Old School Marm

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle It all started when we discovered the turn-of-the-century school room. Our home-school group was visiting a pioneer settlement in rural central Florida that day. The kids did tons of old-fashioned stuff, like chase chickens, card wool and dip...
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Kid on a Mission

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle My friend Wendy’s 11-year-old daughter just started her own business. But her goal isn’t to make money for a new video game or the latest outfit from Justice or even to save for college. Emma started Emmazing Grace so she could raise...
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Record Keeping

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle   My eight-year-old twin is hogging the sand digger at the park.   The other kids stand in a semi-circle around her begging and then demanding that she give them a turn. She’s unmovable. So they exact the worst punishment possible in a big...
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Morning Play

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle This morning instead of doing schoolwork, the kids are playing.   Four of the girls are dressed up in my old prom dresses having a tea party in the back bedroom.   My son and oldest daughter are shooting arrows at targets in the backyard....
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F-OT

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle I’m teaching my five-year-old twins to read. Today’s lesson was on the short “o” sound, as in “d-og.”   Holding up an index card with “p-ot” written on it, I ask my daughter to read the word. She sounds it out and reads “pot.” The next card ...
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