Pinch me! Parents magazine features The Parent Backpack!

IMG_1349WOW!! Really? 

I can’t believe I’m reading a review of The Parent Backpack in Parents Magazine!

Can I get any luckier? Here’s what Parents magazine writer Kristen Kemp wrote on page 18 of the September back-to-school issue:
 
Every so often, I run across a book so good it belongs on every family’s shelf. That’s the case with The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5: How to Support Your Child’s Education, End Homework meltdowns, and Build Parent-Teacher Connections.
Author ML Nichols, director of nonprofit The Parent Connection, has written a guide for surviving and thriving in elementary school. She explains the system – from testing to special education to how administrators choose your kids’ next teacher. Best of all, she outlines whet to expect academically at different ages, defines fancy edu-terms, and offers advice for advocating for your child. Hopefully, you won’t need to contact the teacher and principal often – bit if you do, this book provides fantastic strategies.
THANK YOU Parents magazine and Kristen Kemp for this awesome review! And thank you, once again, to all the amazing teachers, parents, writers, friends and family who helped me make this book the best it could be. This would not have happened without you!

 

These next couple weeks will be exciting and nerve-wracking as kids and parents face a new school year. If you’d like to take a peek at the first chapter of The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5, you can do that here on my “Look Inside” pages. 

Better yet, if you’d like to buy a copy for yourself or someone you know, click on any outlet in the top right corner of this page. The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5 is available in paperback or as an e-book.

Still pinching myself…

 

ML

 

 

 

The Parent Backpack Released!

launch photo with kids
It’s here!

The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5 is now available wherever books are sold – in print or ebook.

Here’s what other authors of parenting books are saying:

“This is a smart, wise, and practical book every parent of a young child should own. Read this beautifully composed trove of well sorted advice and enjoy with confidence your child’s elementary education.”

–Edward Hallowell, MD, best selling author of Driven to Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness [Read more...]

Common Core = Common Sense

A decade ago, if you asked an educator in this country if we would ever get to a “national curriculum,” 90% of them would say, “not in my lifetime.”

This fall, for the first time in our nation’s history, 90% of our public schools will begin using the same standards for math and literacy. Forty-five out of fifty states (all but Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia as of this posting) have adopted what’s referred to as the “Common Core State Standards Initiative.” These standards define what our kids are expected to learn in math and literacy from kindergarten through grade twelve so they’re ready for college and future careers. [Read more...]

40 i-Pad Apps for Kids

My friend Melissa Taylor is a teacher-turned-writer who blogs at Imagination Soup and  writes for Parenting magazine and Mom Congress. She posted some great recommendations last month on the top i-Pad apps for kids. [Read more...]

Mom Congress 2012

WOW.  Wonderful. Outstanding. Women.

That about sums up Mom Congress 2012 for me. We began on Sunday then continued at the National Press Club in D.C. on Monday with a great line up of speakers starting with NBC News’ Education Nation. It’s been an amazing experience. [Read more...]

Translating “21st Century Skills”

I had the privilege of hearing the acclaimed education guru Dr. Tony Wagner speak recently on “21st century skills” and why they are so critical for our kids. [Read more...]