As a teacher, on any given day there are a multitude of expectations that need to be met. The barrage of acronyms is exhausting; SEL, PLC, IEP, AP, CST, CAL, ELL-- the list goes on ad-nauseum.  And now we add...
As you face hard decisions about your children's schooling, perhaps you're considering homeschooling. Maybe you're excited to jump in. Maybe you have doubts and don't know where to begin. If you're in Iowa, I'm happy to say that homeschooling is...
My husband is red/green color blind. For him, these two colors present themselves as different shades of grey so he can still discriminate between red and green. This allows him to tell the difference between important things like stoplight...
"We need those of you who are white to speak up. NOW. Publicly. Not only because we are exhausted and burnt out from living this, but because other white people will listen to you before they will listen to...
The sunshine is calling and freedom is at our fingertips. Summer vacation has finally arrived! I can’t wait to let my children soak up every ounce of relaxation this summer and let them have some much deserved time to...
The world can definitely be a scary place for our little ones right now. Suddenly they aren’t allowed to go to school anymore, they may not be able to see certain people due to the risk, and they are...
I'm back with some encouragement for you on this unexpected homeschooling journey. (Check out part one here!) I hope one or two ideas help smooth out your school day! You've got this. Avoid Frustration and Manage Expectations Despite this big change...
Library closed? Or you just can't make it there? Here are some great ways to get access to books and movies when you can't get to the library (for free or low cost!). Overdrive Use your library card to check out...
Well, it’s finally happened. We’re all homeschool parents… at least for the next few weeks or so. As someone who’s been homeschooling her kids (ages 9, 7 and 5) full-time for the past four years, it feels a little...
We're living in interesting times. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, aka the Novel Coronavirus, many people's plans are changing. Spring Break trips were cancelled. Schools have cancelled classes across the country. With recommendations to stay away from close...
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5 Places to Explore Caves Near Cedar Rapids

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Grab your flashlights and get ready to explore some cool caves within a short drive from Cedar Rapids. In fact, grab your jackets, too,...