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Buying a Guitar Online for a Musical Holiday Gift

Buying a Guitar Online for a Musical Holiday Gift

Pin It One of the best presents you can give is the gift of music. Most toys and other presents just add clutter to the house but a musical instrument is a gift, an opportunity to learn, and an experience wrapped up in one present. Sweetwater asked me to check out their online guitar, drum, keyboard, and professional audio equipment store and purchase an acoustic guitar from them: the Epiphone DR-100 Vintage Sunburst. Purchasing an instrument online … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Here are some of our favorite picture books about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. These are the children’s books my kids look forward to each year–I read them to my eldest two when they were younger and now they read them to their little brothers. Some of these books are historical, some reflect Thanksgiving traditions, and some are silly. I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving picture books so I can add to my list! Pin … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture

Teach Your Children Well: Healthy Choice Lessons for Parents and Teachers #Responsibility

Teach Your Children Well: Healthy Choice Lessons for Parents and Teachers #Responsibility

Pin It We say: “You teach the child, not the subject.” A student who is worried about a serious problem or is making unhealthy choices cannot focus on school work, chores, or anything else. Teachers have a way of knowing which students are struggling with an issue in their lives. Maybe a kid has a sudden change of personality, or she starts having trouble focusing in class, or he lingers after the bell rings. That’s when a great teacher … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), Values Education

Will Your Kids Always Come Home? Our Influence on Our Kids’ Values #Responsibility

Will Your Kids Always Come Home? Our Influence on Our Kids’ Values #Responsibility

Mini-Me My daughter and I shared a laugh when I realized we both put on the same t-shirt, a fan shirt for one of our favorite books. With her bright orange fan-girl shirt, curly brown hair, and green eyes, she looked just like a mini-me. Some days it is like looking in the mirror. My kids will use one of my phrases, with the exact same inflection. Depending on what they’re mimicking, I either swell with pride … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), Charity, Health, Values Education

Keep The Lines of Communication Open #Responsibility

Keep The Lines of Communication Open #Responsibility

With my pre-teen, I find a lot of parenting is prep-work, laying down the foundation for the teenage years.She already has the basics of childhood. Everything she really needed to know in Kindergarten has been learned and reinforced. Looking both ways before crossing the street, doing unto others, avoiding stranger danger, wearing a helmet while bicycling…we got this. At this point, we are having a lot of discussions about teenage and adult-type situations I hope do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Values Education

Life at the Limits and Nature’s Fury, Special Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History #AMNH

Life at the Limits and Nature’s Fury, Special Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History #AMNH

My kids’ favorite museum in Manhattan is the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Beyond the permanent exhibits of fossils, nature dioramas, rocks and minerals, the Planetarium and Space Shows, and the Butterfly Conservatory, there are always a few well-designed, interactive, engaging special exhibits. If you are in Manhattan this spring and summer, make sure to check out Life at the Limits and Nature’s Fury. Pin It Life at the Limits just launched at the beginning of April … Read entire article »

Filed under: Field Trips, Science

#WhatIf Arne Duncan Listened to Teachers, Parents, Students, and Education Professionals?

#WhatIf Arne Duncan Listened to Teachers, Parents, Students, and Education Professionals?

Arne Duncan asked on Twitter, “What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?” Pin It I always say that you shouldn’t ask a question if you do not want to hear the answer–and that goes triple on social media. Arne Duncan asked and people answered with over 42,000 tweets and counting, including over 15,000 tweets on New Year’s Day. What the politicians fail to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core

Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

Pasta Angel Christmas Ornaments

Pin It We saw these adorable Angel Ornaments made out of pasta on a Christmas tree at our local community center and wanted to make them at home. This is a craft for older children primarily because you are better off using a glue gun. My eight and six year old kids were very excited to have (supervised) use of the hot glue gun. If you want to try with another fast-drying glue or pre-glue the bodies … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Learning from the Ballet: The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

We recently enjoyed a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Pin It It was a magical experience for us–the music, the dancing, and the sets were all stunning! Ballet can potentially be challenging for young children but this performance was very accessible. A narrator told the story, which goes a long way towards keeping children engaged. This Nutcracker makes a number of small changes, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Music, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater, Sound

Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Hat Treats for Thanksgiving

Mostly this is just a fun little no-bake treat for the kids to make for Thanksgiving but I do have a few educational connections at the end–did Pilgrims really wear buckles on their hats? Pin It This is the “Pilgrim” version of some witch hats we’ve made before and they are very simple to make. Ingredients: chocolate or fudge stripe cookies peanut butter cups (my son substituted a Dove chocolate for his peanut butter cup) icing orange fruit leather Directions: 1. Unwrap the peanut … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture