Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Free Online Piano Lessons for Kids

I recently ran across the website freepianolessons4kids.com, and the more I look at it, the more impressed I am.  The creator of the website, who is also the online instructor, Joseph Hoffman M.M., does a fantastic job of introducing children to basic music principles. 

Don't Toy with Me!

"No, Snickers: That's MINE."  I hear that all the time.  What does that even MEAN?  Doesn't everything in this house belong to ME, the SUPERIOR cat ANYWAY?  The people can say what they want, but when they are somewhere else, I am the one who rules this household.  Yeh, I'm talking about toys.  Apparently, most toys are for the kids, not for cats.  Oh, don't get me wrong:  I get the occasional "ball with a bell in it," catnip mouse, or feather on a stick.

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Statistics on Homeschooling

Here's a great article with lots and lots of statistics that are all about American homeschoolers.  Check it out over here!

Book Review: Homeschool Mom's Bible

I recently received a copy of the NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible in exchange for a review.  The devotional readings in and of themselves were very encouraging.

My Feathery Friend

That stupid yellow thing that lives here annoys me.  Honestly, I think that's his purpose:  to annoy me. WELL, he does a great job doing it!  So, every single time the mom goes to do what she calls "dust" (I'm still trying to understand what that is...and why she does it), the big furry yellow thing goes CRAZY, and I mean CRAZY.  He chases after her.  It's like some weird dance:  she bustles through the house with some feathers on a stick...moving, moving, quickly, quickly.

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Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Free Calendar Binder Printables

Little Sparkle is excited to be doing first grade work this coming school year.  The curriculum we're using does a lot of hands-on activities for math.  One topic covered is the calendar. That's why I was thrilled when I saw a friend pin a link to some free calendar printables. Interestingly, I had originally intended to just buy a "teaching calendar" which would allow Little Sparkle to change the days, dates, months, weather; etc. on a pocket chart we'd hang on the wall.  When I showed her the website with the free calendar printables, she said she wanted to do those!

Facebook and Relationships

Time and time again some of my closest friends and I talk about if we really think we could/should/would ever close our Facebook accounts.  We talk about whether Facebook makes life easier and more enjoyable OR if it simply complicates things.  Heidi St. John has a great blog post on this very topic. Check it out over here!

There are Treasures in the Darkness

Five months ago, my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  Five months ago, I learned that we would have to regulate my son's carbohydrate intake, test his blood sugar several times a day, give him four shots a day, monitor him for low blood sugar, and be prepared at all times to correct those lows. I felt like my world had turned upside down.  Five months ago, I learned that my daily life/daily routine was going to have to look different than it ever had before.

Book Review: Barefoot Summer

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter is one of the best summer romances I have ever read. Madison McKinley had a twin brother who drowned, and she has struggled with so many things since that time--including a recurring nightmare.

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Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Dance Mat Typing

Here's a great site to check out!  BBC's Dance Mat Typing helps children learn keyboarding skills.  There are several different levels and also "stages" within each level.  My son did one stage this morning and was rewarded with an animated song at the completion of the stage. We will definitely be visiting this site again.

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