Screen Time, Teenagers

Reflections on Navigating the Middle School Years

In a few weeks my oldest kiddo will be finishing middle school, and my daughter will be finishing the sixth grade. I am grateful that the transition from childhood to adolescence has been pretty smooth for the kids and for our family so far. Yet, it has required an adjustment in parenting and in our… Continue reading Reflections on Navigating the Middle School Years

art appreciation, Art Lesson, visual thinking

The Skills and Habits that the Visual Arts Helps Children Develop

I enjoy looking at art and learning about various artist and art periods. It is an interest I like to share with my kids. I take the kids to art museums during vacations and when there is a new exhibit in town. I also invite and encourage them to learn about art and to make… Continue reading The Skills and Habits that the Visual Arts Helps Children Develop

reading, Reading Fluency, tutoring

How to Help Your Child Become a Fluent Reader

Learning to read is a complicated process that requires several areas of the brain to work together to decode, recognize and make sense of what is being read. In this post, I am focusing on ways you can help you child become a more fluent reader. What is reading fluency? Fluent readers can read aloud… Continue reading How to Help Your Child Become a Fluent Reader

mathematical thinking, visual thinking

Four Invitations to Learn About Shapes

When kids learn about geometry in Kindergarten through second-grade they love to use materials to explore shapes. In the early grades children learn geometric vocabulary by observing, examining, and discussing shapes and their attributes. In this post, I am sharing four activities that invite children to work with shapes in different ways. These are fun,… Continue reading Four Invitations to Learn About Shapes

Outdoor Activities

5 Things to Do During Spring Break With Your Kids

In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."John muir Arizona wild flowers at South Mountain Park and Preserve When the kids are on breaks, it can be a challenge to getting out of the house in the mornings. My kids enjoy having lazy mornings and full pajama days during their breaks from… Continue reading 5 Things to Do During Spring Break With Your Kids

Art Lesson, mathematical thinking, visual thinking

Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

Last summer I hosted an art and math class for middle school girls. I was inspired by the work of Jo Boaler, Lang Chen, Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero in their paper Seeing as Understanding the Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. In the paper they present evidence from brain research to… Continue reading Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

learning at home

Learning About Mythology

When I think about mythology, the first thing that comes to mind is Greek mythology. My kids and the children I work with enjoy reading Greek myths and learning about the various creatures. Recent popular movies, like Marvel's Thor, peaked my teen son's interest in Norse Mythology which led him to read Neil Gaiman's Norse… Continue reading Learning About Mythology

learning at home, Uncategorized

Enchanted Learning

"If parents and teachers take a child's interests seriously, opportunities to create meaningful connections to all kinds of subjects erupt into view" - Julie Bogart The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life I recently began reading Julie Bogart's, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. The book… Continue reading Enchanted Learning

gifted education

Making Decisions about High School

A few weeks ago the parents of middle school students began receiving information about high school information nights and enrollment dates. We found ourselves listening to information about academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and college requirements. Yet, it feels like just a couple years ago, I was making friends with the other kindergarten parents and scheduling… Continue reading Making Decisions about High School