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Archive | July, 2008

Great Book for Picture Study

By Kay on Mon, Jul 28, 2008

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At our last visit to the library Kate was disappointed to discover that they didn’t have any ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’ DVDs on the shelf. (Do you remember that geography-sleuth kids’ gameshow on TV in the late 80s with the catchy intro song by the group, Rockapella? These are the cartoons along the same story lines.) So, I told her that when we got home we would get online and request them via intralibrary loan. While I was online looking for her DVDs, I ran across this book that I thought sounded really promising.  (I’m not really sure why I felt the need to tell you all that, unless I really just wanted to share with the world what a geek I was in the late 80s and still am, apparently, since I can still sing some of that theme song to this day…)

Where in the World? Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art

Where in the World? Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art, by Bob Raczka, has turned out to be my newest favorite book for Kate. It’s a collection of 13 works of art from around the world (duh, you probably got all that from the title) with a page describing the geographical location of the piece as well as the artist and the time he/she lived in. It’s written for kids, so the language isn’t a stumbling block but, thankfully, it’s not sing-songy either. Continue reading…

Kids and the Outdoors

By Kay on Tue, Jul 22, 2008

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We all know the importance of getting our kids out-of-doors.  We’ve heard the studies about childhood obesity and ‘screen time’ in front of tvs and computers.  Of course, in Houston, it’s harder to get outside when temperatures are in high 90s.   But, we try occasionally anyways.

When I started studying Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy a few months ago on my search for a homeschooling model that worked for me, I was surprised at her strong thoughts on nature.  She adamantly encourages children under the age of six to have no formal schooling, but to spend as much time as possible every day OUTSIDE.  And, as they get older, that portion of their ‘schooling’ is still important enough to get its own subject – Nature Study.  She promoted Nature Study not only as a way to use up some of that extra energy that all kids seem to have, but also as a way to learn about our world, science, and our creator.  And we all know how a walk in the woods or a beautiful garden can help us regain perspective in life and reconnect us to God.

It seems as though current studies have finally confirmed some of what Charlotte has been saying since the 1800s.  I was just introduced to this site, Children & Nature Network, and have been thoroughly impressed with the information found there.  Check out this video clip from The Today Show about kids and the outdoors.  Makes me wanna go on a hike.  Anybody want to go with me?

So, how do YOU get your kids out-of-doors for free play on a regular basis?  I’m looking for some more creative ideas, especially for our hot, humid city.  Share them in the comments section below.

Anatomy of a Toddler’s Brain

By Kay on Fri, Jul 18, 2008

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This was just too funny NOT to share!  Enjoy!!! 🙂

Amazing July Baby Sales @ Amazon

By Kay on Thu, Jul 17, 2008

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Take advantage of the many sales going on in Amazon’s Baby Area for the month of July and beyond! 

Diaper Promotion, July 1 – September 30. Shop Your Registry and Get Six Months of Free Diapers. 

Phillips Avent Promotion, July 1 – July 31. Get $40 to Spend Later with Your Purchase of Philips-Avent. 

Top Brands Promotion, July 1 – July 31. 20% Off Top Brands in Baby plus FREE Super Saver Shipping* and Prime Delivery. 

Bugaboo Promotion, July 1 – July 31. Save up to 20% on Select Bugaboo Cameleons Sold by Right Start. 

Fisher Price Zen Collection, ongoing. Save 15% on the Fisher Price Zen Collection. 

Rite of Passage (on dooce.com)

By Kay on Wed, Jul 16, 2008

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OMG, I laughed so hard when I read this post that I just HAD to let you all in on it.  I will warn you ahead of time, though… If you have a problem with ‘off-color’ language associated with a man’s description of public restrooms, then you might want to skip this one.  But, for my ‘potty-humor’ friends (you know who you are, Sandra), you’ll DEFINITELY get a kick out of this one!

Enjoy…  Rite of Passage

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.


You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Children’s Books We’ve Read

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