You know how Amazon.com will make recommendations to you based on your previous purchases? Well, after buying some cello repertoire for my 10-year-old cellist, Amazon recommended the young adult novel Great Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill. After reading the about it, I decided to check it out from the library. At first my 10-year-old looked … Continue reading Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill
Chickadee by Louise Erdrich is the fourth book in the Birchbark series for young adults, and I read it out loud to my boys last year. We love this series, and I highly recommend it. You can find links to my reviews of the previous books on my book recommendations page, starting with The Birchbark House. … Continue reading Chickadee by Louise Erdrich
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 5, 2014. For over a year, my husband has been reading the Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne to my seven-year-old every night before bed. There are over fifty titles in the series, and currently they are reading #39, Dark Day in the Deep … Continue reading Magic Tree House Books
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 27, 2013. How many children realize that education is for them, so they can do whatever they want to do in life…? ~ Lori Pickert, author of Project-based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners. Friends of mine know that I'm a fan of Lori Pickert's book … Continue reading Book Review: Project-based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert
From my archives: Boys visiting a farm Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on February 29, 2012. You can read the online version by clicking here. Last week I finished reading Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph. Not long ago I wrote about one of his other books, The Secret of Happy Children. Like … Continue reading Book Review: RAISING BOYS by Steve Biddulph
Recently I read the book The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph, which is an oldie but goodie in the world of parenting books. The title appealed to me because like every mother, I want my kids to be happy. I also like the fact that it’s not a long book, and Biddulph writes with ease and humor.
Stories do more than entertain. When I had children, I knew I wanted to use stories to enrich their lives with the wisdom that they could impart. Children listen to stories much more readily than they do to lectures.