This past week, I began teaching a writing class to a group of fabulous middle-school children. I LOVE writing (probably no secret, given that I have a blog and all), and when I teach something that I’m passionate about, I really, really, really want the students to love it as much as I do. So you can imagine how my bubble
was slowly deflating burst when, upon doing our introductions and ice-breakers, the majority of my students uttered the words, “I hate writing.”
Writing is — for me at least — the subject I studied that I actually use most in my daily life. Yes, I’m a music teacher and a mom. BUT, I have to put together brochures for potential students, maintain a website, send e-mails to the parents of students, my kids’ teachers, etc. And then there’s the writing that I do that I get paid for — blogging, online articles and local parenting magazines. In fact, I would argue that most people write as part of their daily lives and career — whether they’re homemakers or engineers.Read More»
With a crazy end of the summer and sending off my firstborn to kindergarten this week, I’ve been majorly slacking on our book lists! This month, Yaya and I have been learning all about England — one of my favorite places on earth. There are so many fantastic historical figures, authors, playwrights and musicians from England, making it a fascinating country for our little one to learn about.
As always, our study was inspired by Sam and Sofia’s journeys around the world, and the monthly kit we receive from the Little Passport’s World Edition. After finding England on our Little Passports map, we did some written activities and built a cardboard model of Big Ben that were all included in our kit.Read More»
A couple of weeks ago I was on vacation to Glacier National Park, and blissfully unaware of so many of the hugely awful things happening in the news. Thankfully, I have a brother who realizes that — even when I’m not on vacation in a national park — I don’t have time to watch the news very much. He takes it upon himself to keep me informed of current events via text, e-mail, or sometimes even calling me up to say, “Turn on the news.” It was through his text messages that I learned that one of my favorite actors had tragically taken his life.
Still reeling from this sad news, I received a text message from him the following day with a link to an article entitled, “America is Not For Black People.” I read it out loud to Joel as we drove through the winding roads of Glacier, my hands trembling as I learned about Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed — and left in the street for four hours — by a police officer. Sobs caught in my throat as I read about John Crawford, a 22-year-old father of two who was shot and killed by police officers in Walmart while he held a toy gun in his hand, which was mistaken for a real gun. By the time I finished the article, I was nearly hyperventilating.Read More»
I’ve failed my kids in a lot of ways, and each day I beg Jesus for forgiveness and ask him for the strength to be a better mom tomorrow. But whether it’s discovering my 5-year-old underneath the covers with a flashlight in hand as she devours Ramona the Pest or listening to my 2-year-old “pretend” read while he stands on the bench of the dining room table with his Bible storybook open, I feel like I did one thing right: my kids love books.
I have always loved to read myself, and raising kids who love to read is something that has been important to me. Literature is a way to learn about the world, connect with others, build empathy and compassion. Here are some ideas for how to raise a reader. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»
A few months ago, I tried out a styling service called Stitch Fix (you can read my first Stitch Fix review HERE). After filling out an in-depth style profile, your personal stylist will send five items, straight to your doorstep, in the sizes you selected. You have three days to decide what you wish to keep, and what you are sending back in a pre-paid envelope. I was delighted with my first Stitch Fix, keeping 3 of the 5 items — and have worn them often these last four months! You can schedule monthly Stitch Fixes, but I’ve opted to do one every season to add a few current things to my closet.
Yesterday, my summer fix arrived…Read More»
One of my favorite things to do with my almost-kindergartener each month is to read books about different countries from around the world, inspired by our Little Passports World Edition subscription.
I love sharing with you multicultural book lists, put together from our favorite reads.
This month, Sam and Sofia traveled to England, the place where I dream of living — with a farm in the countryside, of course. As we’ve begun putting together our book list, I realized we have such a collection of Shakespeare children’s books, that it deserved a post all of its own. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»