Category Archives: Learning

Family Service Idea

"El Bichito" children

Okay, this may not seem so “real” to you, but it is for me. Have you ever wished for ways to help your kids learn to recognize their blessings besides just telling them what they are? Or to realize that they are fortunate … Continue reading

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Music Machine–for music reading review

Music Machine for learning review

We recently had a neighborhood Music Camp at our house and used the Math Machine as a Music Machine and made flashcards that review basic music symbols and notes. It was a craft that took a good amount of prep, … Continue reading

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Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math

I am a firm believer in reading, and a bedtime story is one of the highlights of the day. Lately we’ve been introduced to a website called Bedtime Math that has added a new delight to bedtime.  We signed up … Continue reading

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Book recommendation
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Recently my book group read Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, and I was inspired to work hard and be better. The autobiography (well, he had help from Cecil Murphey, but I don’t know if that makes it a biography … Continue reading

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Most Intriguing History Book Series for Kids and Adults

Way back in April 2011, I posted about two history books, one of which I had heard about and not yet read. Okay, so now we are reading it, and I LOVE it!! I give it raving reviews and recommend … Continue reading

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Making a Reader out of your Child

I have 2 kids who absolutely LOVE to read. In fact, if you were to visit our house, you would hear at times (I’m sorry to admit), the following words coming out of my mouth, “Put the book down. It’s … Continue reading

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Zen Ghosts, by Jon J. Muth–
a different picture book for Halloween

With beautiful watercolor illustrations and a ghostly tale that mysteriously finds itself leaving the story, Zen Ghosts is a Halloween book that delights children and their parents as well. There’s nothing gory or scary in this Halloween book, but there … Continue reading

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Free Museum Day!

I just found out about this and had to post about it. Hundreds of museums throughout the nation will be free on Saturday, September 29th thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. All you’ve got to do is click here and request your … Continue reading

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Learn a Phrase in Chinese

"hao" the Chinese character that means "Good"

My high school junior is in Chinese 3 this year, and I have not taken advantage of this learning opportunity as much as I would like. Chinese is the hot language to learn nowadays. So here’s what I’m going to … Continue reading

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Back-to-School Homework for Parents

One thing I don’t enjoy about beginning the school year is the piles of paperwork the kids bring home for me to do. Emergency cards, volunteer surveys, and most of all, (we get this most with the middle schoolers) the … Continue reading

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