Author Archive | Julia Castro

Surviving the Homework Completion Struggle: Ten Tips from a Teacher Mom

Surviving the Homework Completion Struggle: Ten Tips from a Teacher Mom

Homework. Just the word alone can prompt a severe allergic reaction from kids and parents alike. The continuing debate over whether or not homework is valuable is still all over the internet. Whatever the case, most kids will likely have homework in some form throughout the school year. Aside from how we personally feel about homework, […]

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Tie Dye DIY: Prepare for Messy Fun

Tie Dye has become a favorite tradition in our household over the last several years. Typically we start out our summer with a tie dye day and then we proudly wear our creations for the months that follow.  This year we waited until late August and now we have some cool t-shirts (and socks) just […]

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Can I Say the C-Word? {A Teacher Busting Misconceptions About Common Core}

Innovators. Problem Finders. Environmental Stewards. Compassionate Citizens. Creative Artists. Rigorous Thinkers. Am I referring to the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley or the highly valued entrepreneurs of the world? Maybe the business minded moguls living large in SF’s Financial District? Nope. I’m talking about our kids in public schools in California, ages 4-17. You […]

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For the Love of a Real Dinner: When Dad Cooks

5:15 p.m.: The hubby realizes that he is the only adult in the household who will make a real dinner as his wife is only capable of warming up food or making quesadillas. 5:30 p.m.: He scours the Internet for the perfect recipe and heads down the street to Whole Foods (he is convinced that […]

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Super Soccer Mom Status: I Soccer-Fan So Hard

For the last five years, fall has signaled the start of soccer mania in our household. Shin guards, water bottles and soccer socks start appearing everywhere (although when we need them they magically disappear.) The calendar quickly fills up with practices, games, tournaments and snack duties and my OCD goes into overdrive.  We inventory available […]

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How to Have a Happy Teacher Relationship: 6 Tips

When my oldest started Kindergarten, I was entering my eighth year as a middle school teacher. I naively thought I knew it all.  My kid was not going to let me down, he was going to school like no one had ever schooled before.  Backpack, check.  Healthy lunch, check.  School supplies, check.  I was proud […]

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15 Reasons Why We Love the Golden State Warriors

I haven’t always been a Warriors fan.  In fact, I grew up cheering for the original dream team of Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the mid 1980’s. We watched the Lakers without fail in my house.  But after my move to Santa Rosa many years ago, I couldn’t help but […]

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