6 kids in, I consider myself somewhat experienced in the area of toys and children. We’re currently going through a season of clearing out and simplifying, and I thought I would share with you some of what I consider indispensible toys, especially as we are in the thick of the gift-giving season. Here are a few things I consider to be essentials for sweet little babies.
Daniel with the essential three: a blanky, a playsilk, and a teether/rattle. Read more...
TODAY THROUGH MONDAY! Buy the Advent Seasons of Joy e-book and I’ll throw in Winter for free! If you already have Winter and would like another book instead, just let me know in the notes. Please feel free to spread the word!
I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging this Advent.
Lately, I’ve been waking up at 4 AM every morning. I think about a lot of things—my children, my life, how I’ll spend the day ahead and how tired I’ll be with this two hour space in the middle of what was supposed to be my sleeping time. I think about song lyrics and staging and opportunities. I wonder what I would be dreaming if my mind were still at rest. I wonder what’s going on in all the other places in the world where people are awake and I wonder what’s going on with other people who are supposed to be sleeping but can’t. I think about lesson plans and story ideas and yes, even blog posts. Most of all, I think about change. Read more...
Dear Mrs. Hall,
Yesterday, you wrote a blog post that I found appalling on all kinds of levels. I’m sure people can find it if they search hard enough. And despite the fact that I found your blog post insulting to teenage boys, teenage girls, parents in general and Christian parents in particular, I did want to say thank you, because your post led to an amazing half-hour long discussion with my own children. Read more...
Daniel loves Circle Time and still participates in our daily circle with the twins. My fault, I guess, for starting with his beloved gnomies. But I wanted something a little more formal that says “Hey! We’re about to do some serious work here! Put down the Legos and come to the table!” This is what we decided to go with.
Upon the earth I stand upright. Read more...
I reach my arms up to the light.
My feel earthbound remain,
Hands and feet together again.
The sky above, the earth below,
And here in the center am I! (Oak Meadow First Grade)
We are a book-loving family. But even though we have books pretty much everywhere, I do like to fill a special box or basket with books that appropriate to whatever season, holiday, or prevailing theme is taking over our home. Here are some of our early September favorites.
First we have Evelyn M. Finnegan’s My Little Friend books. I bought these for Daniel as a birthday gift a couple years ago and he absolutely loves them. We even had our own “little friend” to go along with them. I hope the twins enjoy them just as much and I know Daniel will love hearing them again.
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AND FALLING LEAVES!!!!
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We’ll be spending the first couple weeks with a gnome focus. I figure this will work in nicely with Daniel’s very first first grade main lesson focus (more on that in another post.). As I said before, we’re going to pull quite a bit from Autumn Seasons of Joy. We’ll be doing the Seasons of Joy gnomie circle, including this favorite rhyme that I wrote. The twins absolutely love this one! Read more...
Matthew and Molly have been asking if they get to “do school” this year. With late November birthdays, it gets a little awkward. I don’t plan on starting kindergarten until the September after they turn 5, which gives us 2 more preschool years to fill. I like to save Nursery Rhyme Nursery School for the four-year-old year, so this year we’ll really be doing a lot of Seasons of Joy stuff. I’m hoping it encourages me to do some editing and cleaning up as well! Read more...
I’ve been thinking about coming back from my little blogging break. I missed this space! But I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. Should I be timid? Lure you all back in with a giveaway? Should I be apologetic? coy? unabashed? Finally I figured, screw it, it’s my blog. So here I am!
We’ve had an amazing summer. I was in Carmen (yes, the opera) in June. It was absolutely amazing. I also designed some educational materials for the opera company, which was a lot of fun. Since then I’ve managed to bomb three (count ‘em, three) auditions and I’ve landed two more chorus gigs in the fall, one in the Gilbert and Sullivan operatta Princess Ida and one in the the opera Norma. Read more...
As I’ve been facing so many changes in my life over the past two months, one question I find myself constantly asking is this: how does one gracefully extricate oneself from something that is just no longer working?
It’s a question without an answer, I fear.
When I worked at Mothering.com as a moderator for all those years, I observed that people who became disenchanted with natural family living and attachment parenting as billed by MDC generally took one of three paths when they decided the community was no longer for them: they flamed, flounced, or faded out. Read more...