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Multiple Intelligences

By Kay on Thu, Mar 11, 2010


We all learn differently. This is especially apparent to a teacher – whether a homeschool teacher or a certified public school teacher. What’s not apparent all the time is exactly which type of learning is best for each individual.

What most educational systems don’t account for is the vast discrepancy between students and their individual learning styles or ‘intelligences’. Some students are great at math or reading, while others are great learning a new sport or a new song. The key to a good education is allowing for all of the intelligences to be built on.
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Ear Infections – a Natural Remedy?

By Kay on Mon, Aug 10, 2009


I’m one of the luckiest moms on the planet. Out of my three children, only one has ever had an ear infection. It was the probably one of the most stressful weekends I’ve ever experienced as we waited to get into the doctor’s office on Monday. The pain that my poor daughter went through was gut wrenching for this mom!

I called a friend of mine who is very in touch with all things organic, natural, and homeopathic and begged her for a natural remedy to help us through the weekend. And of course, she had one! I had totally forgotten about this solution until a mutual friend of ours came to a Mom’s Night Out with her sick baby who also had an ear infection. Not only did my friend tell this mom how to take care of it, another mom in the group walked into the kitchen, prepared this solution below and took it to my friend to administer to the desperate mom’s crying baby. The mom sent an email to all of us the next day thanking our friends for helping her out and ecstatic that the solution took care of her baby’s ear infection without a doctor’s visit!

(Obviously, you’ll want to go with your gut on anything anyone recommends for treating your children – if you’re not comfortable with it, don’t do it! Research another solution and go with what gives you (and your partner) the most peace. Just my own little disclaimer here before dispensing ‘medical’ advice…)

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Apple’s Summer Camps

By Kay on Tue, Jun 30, 2009

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Apple's Summer Camp

Wondering what to do with your elementary age kiddos over the summer? Have a Mac at home that they’re wanting to learn more about? Apple stores are offering summer camps where your kids can learn all about stuff to do on a Mac. Here’s what they have to say:

Your kids could talk about what they did this summer—or just press Play. At Apple Camp, kids ages 8-12 learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac: make a movie, show off photos like a pro, write and record a song, or create a multimedia presentation. You can sign up for as many three-hour workshops as you like. But space is limited, so do it soon. Then get ready for an adventure.

Interested? Check out Apple’s Summer Camp page here.

Commercials During Prime Time

By Kay on Sat, Jan 24, 2009


I’m NOT one of those moms.  I’m not big on exclaiming the evils of television for children.  I actually think there is some good, educational programming out there.  And, I’m sure that some moms wouldn’t even allow as much ‘screen time’ as I do. 

So, there’s my disclaimer before launching into the following rant…

What is up with commercials lately?!?!?  

The other night, my 5 year old daughter, Kate, and I were watching Superstars of Dance.  We were both excited to catch it on tv.  She was excited because she LOVES dancing of any kind.  She’s enthralled and entranced by all kinds of dancing – ballroom, ballet, hip hop, jazz – she really does love it all.  I was excited because I loved the idea of watching the different countries compete and then finding them on the globe – kind of a geography lesson rolled in with the fun of watching some dancing.

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Food Prep for Kids

By Kay on Tue, Dec 30, 2008


I know you’ve all been there. You just sat down to finally eat YOUR pancakes after standing at the stove cooking them all day and all the kids can say is, “Mommy, can you cut my pancakes?” Five minutes later your own pancakes are cold (GROSS!) and the kid who you first cut up pancakes for is now done and ready for the next one. So, here’s the scoop on how to make things a little easier on ya:

Pizza CutterWaffles:
My husband just discovered this method and I tried it this morning and FELL. IN. LOVE.

Use a pizza wheel. I still like to follow the straight lines of the waffle pattern. Shawn likes to cut waffles up like a pie. Follow your heart on that, but definitely pick up the pizza cutter to do it!
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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…

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