Happy Halloween!

Jill Stowell Anxiety, Classroom, Development, Executive Function, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, Learning Disability, Mental Health, School

I remember going to a “Haunted House” on Halloween when I was in the 6th grade.  At one point, we were given peeled grapes in the dark and told that they were eyeballs.  It was so deliciously creepy! What is it about that little thrill of fear that is so fun?  Maybe it’s that we get to experience that little …

DON’T Get LOST on the First Day of School!

Jill Stowell 504 Plan, Anxiety, Classroom, Executive Function, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

I woke up this morning a little bit panicked from a dream I was having about the first day of school.  I was attending a new school that was essentially cabins spread out in a huge area in the woods.  (I know – crazy – but it was a dream)! My mom was with me and knew where my first …

“I Want My Son to Love School Again”

Jill Stowell Anxiety, Classroom, Development, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

“I just want my son to love school again,” said a mom at a recent parent information meeting.  She went on to share that the summer before her son began kindergarten, he was so excited about starting school that he asked repeatedly, “Can I start today?” That’s how learning should feel!  Like an adventure that we just can’t wait to …