1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Our local library recently started a program entitled 1000 Books Before Kindergarten as a way of encouraging parents to read to their young children.

 

In our house, we read all the time.  I homeschool my kids, and our homeschooling largely consists of sitting down with stacks of books and reading them together.

 

When one of the children’s librarians told us about the program, my older son immediately announced, “Mama, we should sign up [my 3-year-old].”  He paused briefly, “You want to do it, right Kyle?”  Of course, my 3-year-old said yes. … Continue reading

A 3-year-old’s Lesson in Spending

My 3-year-old's Lesson in Spending
The car my 3-year-old bought, and then realized it was a mistake.

Last week my 3-year-old walked up and handed me his little car, “I’m ready to give this to Ari,” he declared.  (Ari is the grandson of our next-door neighbor.  When my 3-year-old outgrows his clothes or toys, we pass them along to Ari.)

 

“Are you sure?” I asked.… Continue reading

Chapter Books with Strong Female Characters

A couple of weeks ago I posted a list of my family’s favorite picture books with strong female characters.  Today, I am posting a list of our favorite chapter books containing strong girls or women.

 

The list contains everything from books accessible to early readers to chapter books that are appropriate for young adults.  I’ve read most of the books geared at younger readers with my 8-year-old, though none of the young adult books (those are waiting on our bookshelves for future reading).… Continue reading

The Kite-Eating Tree

The Kite-Eating Tree
The macaw who now perches in our kite-eating cottonwood tree.

It is warm and sunny outside today.  While spring isn’t officially here, it feels like spring in our little corner of the world.  And, feeling excited about the warm weather, my boys couldn’t wait until the afternoon when we planned to head to the park to fly kites.

 

So they took their kites outside to fly in our yard. … Continue reading

Picture Books with Strong Female Characters

A few days ago, a friend’s post on Facebook lead to a discussion about books with strong female characters.  I started to put together a list to send to her, and realized that other people might be interested in this list.  So now I’m posting it here.  The following are picture books that my boys and I have enjoyed over the years. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

Thought for the Day: Jane Austen

 

Spending time outdoors is a great way to refresh your mind and body.  Whether you’re taking a walk, playing outside, or simply sitting under a tree and enjoying the quiet, it’s good to be outside.  Taking a quiet walk outside is one of my favorite ways to calm my mind and to refresh my spirit.

 

And with the coming of spring – here in our little patch of the Colorado Rockies it feels like spring has already arrived, although I know we’re not done with snow yet – it’s easier to spend time outdoors.… Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Avocado and Sauerkraut

When you’re looking for a snack that both tastes delicious and nourishes your body, here is a perfect candidate: half an avocado topped with a scoop of sauerkraut.

 

Sauerkraut not only has all of the health benefits of cabbage, but – as long as it is traditionally fermented and unpasteurized – it is also filled with healthy-gut-supporting probiotics.  In addition to supporting digestive health, raw sauerkraut can boost circulation, stimulate your immune system, and reduce inflammation (Organic Facts, 2015). … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Shaw

Thought for the Day: Shaw

 

Playfulness and laughter are good for the heart and good for the mind.  With two young boys in the house, laughing and playing are part of our daily life.

 

It’s all too easy, when I feel tired or busy or frustrated, to skip out on the fun and play and focus instead on completing the tasks before me.  And while taking care of necessary business is important, I often remind myself that it’s also important to engage in and cultivate playfulness in life. … Continue reading