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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

-William Butler Yeats

How I Keep Laundry From Taking Over My Life

Crumpled on the bathroom floor, flung on top of dressers, inexplicably found in the playroom and occasionally, actually in the laundry basket, every mom I know has a mound or various mounds of laundry in her house.   The question is:   What do we do with all this laundry and... Read More

False Steps with a Four Year Old

There she stands, hands clenched, nostrils flared, eyebrows scrunched, she has taken a stand against injustice, unfairness, and all that is wrong with the world, but mostly against her oppressive and tyrannical mother who has asked her to get out of the car and into the school of her own... Read More

Teach Your Child to Read: A Comprehensive Guide for the Insanely Busy

    One question I often get asked from new moms is how, what, when and sometimes if they should teach their children to read.  I understand.  I, too struggled to figure out the mystery that was teaching my children to read for a number of years.   Like potty... Read More

Teaching Preschoolers about Colors

  Tulips and daffodils are popping up, the grass starts to turn greener and rainy days produce spontaneous rainbows.  Spring seems to lend itself to teaching kids about colors.  Color recognition is helpful in many ways, including the following:     allows them to make more choices for themselves (blue or... Read More

Teaching Children, Finding Joy

My story… I went into motherhood with a firm conviction that teaching my children would be one of my most important responsibilities, but as my first child started to grow up, I found it very hard to figure out what to teach her, there were so many opinions and ideas, it... Read More

Seeing Perfection as the Enemy

It was late, I knew it probably needed one more go over,  I probably should add more journal entries or maybe even research some quotes that conveyed how we were feeling at the time.  The colors looked wrong, too. Maybe I had picked the wrong theme to begin with. For... Read More