The Pen is Mightier

The Pen is Mightier
My younger son’s note to his big brother.

While my boys generally get along well, like all siblings they sometimes squabble with each other.  The other day when we were cleaning up my [then] three-year-old’s room to prepare for his birthday party, I found the above message on his shelf.  It was clear he had taken the time to write something, but I wasn’t aware that he could spell (let alone write!) words other than his name, and so I wasn’t certain what – if anything – he was trying to communicate. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Huxley

Thought for the Day: Huxley

 

If you’ve spent time with a young child, you’ll know that they bring enthusiasm to everything they do.  My 3-year-old dances through his days.  To him, all of life is a game and an adventure and a song.

 

And when I take a moment to pause and see things from his perspective, I see that he is right.  Indeed, all around me there is wonder and joy and beauty. … Continue reading

Super Easy Sharpie Tie Dye

I’ve done tie dye projects with my children in the past.  While they were fun, they were also extremely messy and rather time consuming to set up and clean up.  So when one of our favorite children’s librarians showed my 8-year old how to get a tie-dye-effect using Sharpie markers and isopropyl alcohol, we had to give it a try.

 

The process was incredibly simply. … Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

Thought for the Day: Nietzsche

 

Life isn’t always easy.  And those tough times, both internal and external, help us to learn and grow and to see the world in new ways.  May we treasure our struggle and strife for the beauty they bring.  May we all give birth to a dancing star.

 

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” —Friedrich Nietzsche… Continue reading

Clay Diffuser Ornaments

A set of ornaments made by my 3- and 8-year-olds, along with the essential oils we used to scent them.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited us over to make Clay Diffuser Ornaments with her and her girls.  It was a simple and fun project that has since brought wonderful scents throughout our home, as well as made wonderful gifts to give to friends.… Continue reading

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