Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Ahhh A Breath of Fresh Air

The weather is wonderful today.  Yesterday and today the temperature has been a tad cooler and the breeze has been cool and it feels wonderful outside.  Fall is on the way.  And it is just in time for our fall break.  We are presently on our sixth week of school.  At nine weeks we will have our first three weeks off.  Why?

We have decided to try a year-round schedule this year that’s why.  And with the beautiful weather, I am glad that we did.  We will be having our first field trip of the year this Friday; a picnic and play day at a local park.  I hope that the …


Connie Starts the Fourth Grade

Fourth grade has begun for Connie and so far she is off to a good start!

We didn’t find out her teacher until the afternoon before the first day, but I was happy to find out it was a very nice lady who coached my older daughter’s Odyssey of the Mind team. That gave me the comfort of the “known” and yet gives Connie the chance to have a teacher who has never had Maggie in class, which can be nice.

For the first time ever, Connie has many of her closest friends in her class. I was glad for her but a little nervous when I saw that her assigned seat …


9-1-1 What’s Your Emergency?

Recently in school Anna and I were covering the long letter E sound as well as the F sound.  We discussed uses and dangers of fires.  We also discussed what to do in an emergency and how to dial 9-1-1.  What happens when your dial that number, who you get ahold of and that you ONLY should dial it in an emergency.

Looking back I wish that I would have gotten a play phone or a real phone that was unplugged and we would have practiced dialing 911.  But shoulda coulda woulda…

Later that evening, we had a couple little girls over to spend the night with Anna and all the kids …


Library Back to School Kick-off

If you are following my posts, you know that my kids attended the summer reading program at the library and had a great time.  You also know that this program ended a couple of weeks ago.  Well this past week the library had a family movie night and information session to celebrate back to school.

We are already back at school, but decided that this would be a fun free event that our family could enjoy.  The library was showing The Lego Movie on the big screen complete with snacks and drinks.  We had a good time and there wasn’t as many people as I expected.  The kids liked the movie …


“Crayon” Author is as Nice as His Book

Several years ago I bought a book called, “The Crayon Box that Talked,” by Shane DeRolf without realizing that its author was from Jacksonville, NC. Last week I had the honor of meeting DeRolf and getting my original book signed.

I can’t remember how my family happened upon the book. Most come from school book fairs, but this one seems to have been chosen by me and not my daughters. I know that when I read the story of the discord among the different colors, and the way they came to realize that each color contributed something different to the picture, I was moved. I bought other copies as gifts for …


Daily Reading

Anna is reading one of her little easy readers.

Another important tip for beginning readers is that they read daily.  See previous post about sight words here.  Each day they should spend some time reading some easy reader books that they have read before.  Then they should also read through a new book.  This increases comprehension and fluency as well as builds confidence.  This daily practice is important for new readers to practice blending sounds, recognizing sight words and understanding what they are reading.This can be a fun time.   They can read to their dolls or stuffed animals.  They can read into …

Quality Time at Back to School Shopping

Connie is fitted for her new ballet shoes

Back to school shopping brought me a little one on one time with my daughters this year. My younger daughter Connie had an all-day gymnastics open house and practice one Saturday, and my older daughter Maggie wanted to attend a volleyball tournament the following Saturday.

I saw the logic in letting go of efficiency and instead taking each girl on the Saturday that she was free, despite the fact that we visited all the same stores. It was the perfect decision because I got a much better visit with each one, and we were certainly more efficient in each store …


Read the Rainbow

Anna is working on her sight words.

As a former classroom teacher, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to improve a child’s reading.  As a mother, I have used a few of these tricks to help my children with their reading.

One such trick is sight words.  You can Google sight words and all sorts of lists will come up.  I like Fry’s 100 most common sight words myself.  But I have a list based on that list that I use with my students.  Sight words are the words most commonly used in print and often cannot be sounded out phonetically.  Some examples are is, was, …


Theater Camp Wraps Up Summer

Connie spent her final camp week at a theater camp at Swansboro Parks & Recreation. On Friday she performed as one of the ugly stepsisters and also performed in two group dances that she choreographed.

For this camp, all the participants were around her age, about half boys and half girls. Some of them were kids who attended every week, regardless of theme and others, like Connie, popped in for the special theme.

At the beginning of the week, her teacher told us that there wouldn’t necessarily be a performance. They were going to do some scenes, make puppets and see where the week took them.

It was the strength of four girls’ …


Family Dinner

I make it a point to fix a nice supper meal for my family each night of the week.  I am very thankful that the job that my husband has allows him to be home in time for the supper hour most nights and we are able to sit down together as a family around the table.

It is very important to me for this to happen.  It is a special time that we can share together as a family.  We eat good food that has been prepared out of love and we can share the events of our day with our loved ones.  It leads to important discussions that we …


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A Living Donor

I have previously blogged about organ and tissue donation.  It is a close …

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