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YouTube Just Got a Little Better!

YouTube Just Got a Little Better!

Yes, beloved readers, Youtube is awesome. I use it for fixing things, cookie decorating tutorials, and how-to videos for almost anything! Well, it just got a little bit better! Check out this fun introductory video for our new YouTube channel, created by my daughter, Faith. You can also view our Art History Valentines project on…

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Donielle By Donielle, March 8, 2019
Why My Kids Take Sewing Lessons

Why My Kids Take Sewing Lessons

My dolls spend Monday afternoons busily creating wonders of their own design at their whirring, buzzing sewing machines. Like any other discipline, it takes time and concentration to learn to sew. I offer my home and very large dining room table as the learning laboratory so other kids can join us. You would be surprised…

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Donielle By Donielle, February 22, 2019
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Read “The Last of the Mohicans” with me

Read “The Last of the Mohicans” with me

Why read The Last of the Mohicans? The creation of Hawkeye was origination of the great American hero.

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Donielle By Donielle, February 8, 2019
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Sensory Play: The Importance of Making a Mess

Sensory Play: The Importance of Making a Mess

I like cleaning up messes – said no mom ever, most especially me. But,  making a mess is important to children’s brain development. It is not making the mess, really, but playing with the different textures, scents, and sounds that makes those important neural connections. But it often does makes a mess. We can be…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 25, 2019
DIY Montessori Mats

DIY Montessori Mats

This is cool, ya’ll.  A Montessori store opened up not too far away.  It is called Natural Acorn.  They have such gorgeous wooden puzzles and manipulatives.  But the thing that really caught my eye were the soft learning mats.  They are neatly embroidered.   Dozens are available to choose from.  They reinforce basic concepts like colors, shapes,…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 21, 2018
A New Christmas Tradition!

A New Christmas Tradition!

Don’t you just love Christmas traditions?  My favorites involve reading my favorite stories from The Norman Rockwell Christmas Treasury and The Candle in the Forest: And Other Christmas Stories Children Love – eBook By Compiled & edited by Joe L. Wheeler / Howard Books (affiliate link).  The kids love when we scoop them up in…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 5, 2018
Art History Thanksgiving Project!

Art History Thanksgiving Project!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am sending out this post early this week, so you have time to do this Thanksgiving art project.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I never do art projects for their cuteness. It is part of my efficiency rule. Projects have to have some educational value or brain…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 20, 2018
Read “Emma” with Me

Read “Emma” with Me

Would you do me the honor of reading a Jane Austen novel with me?  I promise you will enjoy it.  Emma is entertaining, simple to follow, and teaches lessons that you did not know you learned until the last page turns and you shut the book, feeling satisfied.  Read Jane Austen’s Emma with me! Why read Jane…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 16, 2018
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School Room Makeover (and free math worksheet)!

School Room Makeover (and free math worksheet)!

First things first: freebie! Have you ever had one of those rooms that gets piled up and you end up just shutting the door on it for a while? You know, organizing it is more than you can take, and the rest of the family just keeps piling things in there?  Time for a school…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 12, 2018
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Read “Animal Farm” with me

Read “Animal Farm” with me

Next in our reading series, let’s pick up an old dystopian classic, Animal Farm.  This is not a children’s story, despite its moderately short length.  Do not bother reading it to students without the background historical context.  It is the perfect read directly after a study of communism!  In the novel, a group of Farmer Jones’s…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 28, 2018
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