Sorrow

Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson As a mother with young children similar in age to those who were in today's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, my heart is filled with sorrow for the families touched by this tragedy. Ever … Continue reading Sorrow

The Gift of Story

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. If you’re running out of money searching for the perfect holiday gifts, remember that sometimes the best presents for young children are free.  Telling stories to children is a gift they’ll never forget. When I was young, my grandmother told me … Continue reading The Gift of Story

Worthy Reads

Homeschool December & Christmas Activities with Small Children - Mama of Letters - This is the post I wrote last year about our December traditions, which is slim & stress-free, and except for a few exceptions, this year isn't going to look much different. So, how do you homeschool? - Simple Homeschool Homeschooling gets good … Continue reading Worthy Reads

The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show

This weekend my family and I went to check out The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show.  I'm so grateful to "Pamela" who took the time to write about it on a local homeschool list last week. When I saw her message, I thought this was something my boys would love, and luckily, … Continue reading The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show

Inspire Kids: Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

I subscribe to the blog Mind Shift, and the other day they posted Physics in the Hands of a Seven-Year-Old.  It made me so happy to watch this video of a seven-year-old demonstrating his Rube Goldberg machine.  He is so enthusiastic!  What is more inspiring is that "Seven-year-old Audri wants to study robotics at MIT … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

Letters to Santa

{Addresses for Santa Claus to receive a reply} This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on December 5, 2012. I’ve created a tradition of having my six-year-old write a letter to Santa every November, and he loves doing this.  He definitely wants Santa to know what he’s wishing for. My son doesn’t know it, but I … Continue reading Letters to Santa

An update on our homeschool math, Life of Fred: Butterflies

Last year I wrote a comprehensive post on how I have been doing kindergarten math.  I teach my six-year-old math in a variety of ways, but our main resource is Life of Fred. At that time, we had finished the first book in the Life of Fred series (Apples), but when I started the second book … Continue reading An update on our homeschool math, Life of Fred: Butterflies

Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

I have already written about my thoughts on introverts in my post, "Introverts and Coffeeshops."  In that post, I reviewed Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe, PhD, which is a great book on this subject. I am introverted, my husband is introverted, and I know that at least my eldest son is probably introverted.  But it's sometimes … Continue reading Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts