Monthly Archives: December 2011

Zingo 1-2-3!

We had purchased the original Zingo, which teaches word recognition for Emily last Christmas and it has been a great game to play, now that she gets the basic rules and has learned to identify things quickly. My husband is … Continue reading

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Shel Silverstein, Anyone?

Just like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, the work of Shel Silverstein was shared by a wonderful teacher in my early school years at Greenleaf, a small, now-defunct school in Flagstaff, Arizona in the mid-70s. At the time, I only knew of two … Continue reading

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Homemade Presents ROCK

I am eagerly awaiting my eldest daughter’s Christmas package, which should come in this week or next. She mentioned handmade gifts, which really mean a lot more to me than anything you can find in a store. Take my Little … Continue reading

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Silly Stuff – “Spinkters” and Badly Timed Owies

The other day Emily looked over at the dog and said, “Daddy! The dog is licking her spinkter [sphincter] again!” He swears he is at a loss as to where she learned such a word. I just rolled my eyes, … Continue reading

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Adventures With the Written Word

l have to say it, I much prefer when Emily initiates a quest for knowledge or practices learning spontaneously. I despise pushing her into ‘learning activities’. I dream of the natural flow of learning and knowledge just going along through … Continue reading

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Snowball Fights…Indoors

I have Jingle the Christmas Elf to blame for this scene in my house the other day… If the snow isn’t here yet, then by all means, bring the ‘snow’ indoors! Emily had a grand time at the Grandview Mid-Continent … Continue reading

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Life Skills – Using Xacto Blades, Vacuums and Measuring Cups

The other day Emily pulled out her Play-Doh and got to work on the office floor. The office doubles as our ‘homeschool room’ and so all of her crafts, educational books, computer, et cetera are in here. Recently she was … Continue reading

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“It’s Better for Kids” and The Lost Hour in Nurture Shock

I’m continuing to read Nurture Shock, and I’m now on Chapter Two – The Lost Hour. But before I do, I have to tell you about an experience in Aldi’s the other day. It was a weekday, of course. Emily … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on The Inverse Power of Praise

This book is really getting to me. You know the old adage, ‘try, try, and try again’ – well Nurture Shock goes on to say in “The Inverse Power of Praise” chapter that: “…the ability to repeatedly respond to failure … Continue reading

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And When They Cry…

With every value in our children that we prize, there is usually an equal drawback. If we expect honesty, sometimes we will find they are too honest…”Mama, why is that lady so fat?” (said at a volume the victim can … Continue reading

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