Authenticity, Connectedness and Social Media

Over the weekend I came across an Instagram post by Where Women Create asking, what it means to be authentic in the context of social media.  In the post the author raises questions that I continue to grapple with. "What if, in our quest for authentic we've developed dual lives, dual personas, and a total inability… Continue reading Authenticity, Connectedness and Social Media

A Learning Play Date

This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout.  There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since the… Continue reading A Learning Play Date

Middle School Learners

When my kids were young, I would direct their attention toward nature, building blocks, art supplies, etc to keep little hands busy. We also took trips to the zoo, the park, science museum and gardens.  At home, I would place materials out for them to play with and and use.  It was a very natural… Continue reading Middle School Learners

Choosing Picture Books

Kids love to be read to.  When my kids were preschoolers, I read them many classic picture books I loved as a child.  I chose books with rich language, interesting story lines  and captivating illustrations.  These kinds of books often satisfy children's curiosity and sense of wonder. We also read our fair share of books based… Continue reading Choosing Picture Books

Encouraging a Love of Reading

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass There are many ways to read with your child and encourage a love of reading.  There are also some specific ways you can provide support to your child as she reads.  In this post, I will start by describing how I developed… Continue reading Encouraging a Love of Reading

Supporting Your Child’s Learning ~ Questions to Ask

In recent days, I have had several conversations with parents about how to help their child with homework and how to gain a better understanding about what their child is learning in school.  Like most parents I also worry about my children's academic progress.  There are countless worries, right? Often we get caught up in… Continue reading Supporting Your Child’s Learning ~ Questions to Ask

Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

This summer we will be spending almost three weeks in Europe.  We are starting our trip in the Swiss Alps then spending time in Florence, Paris and finally Ireland. (Where we get to visit friends we miss greatly.)  I hope to prepare the kids for the art and architecture they will encounter on the trip.… Continue reading Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

Sharing the Love with a Liebster Award

Thanks so much to Charlotte at My Little Homeschool blog for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award. Charlotte has a wonderful website and blog where she shares her homeschool journey.  She writes honestly about homeschooling twin boys with special needs. The Liebster is a friendly recognition given from one blogger to another.  It is a way… Continue reading Sharing the Love with a Liebster Award