first grade 

Iowa School District Suspends Home-Schooled First Grader

A home-schooled boy was suspended for bringing a live shotgun shell to a Des Moines, Iowa, school program. Credit: Corbis
Hearing about a child being suspended in violation of a school's no-weapons policy isn't exactly surprising in this day an...

Skipping a grade in school

In my state, a child must be five years old on September 1st in order to enroll in kindergarten. Ellie missed that date by three weeks, meaning she couldn't officially start kindergarten until she was almost six years old. Instead, she attended a pri...

Another one rides the bus

Well, today was the day. We got up bright and early and Ellie started first grade at her new school. She was so excited, not only to be going to a new school, but to be riding the school bus for the first time. My husband and I had gone back and fort...

Endings and beginnings

It seems like just last week I wrote about Ellie's last day of kindergarten. We were both so sad that day, crying together in the back seat of my car. Next week, she starts first grade at a new school - and this time I am the only one who is feeling ...

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