Nature vs. Nurture – Where Does Musical Talent

It is an age old question, whether nature or nurture shapes human beings into the people they become. As modern scientists understand it, most things are a combination of both. Musical talent requires an array of different skills, each of which can be taught and each of which is influenced to varying degrees by our genes. The Components of Musical Talent People who are talented with music have a set of different skills they have honed as they relate to music. Some of these are: Hand-eye coordination Muscle memory Auditory discernment Music reading No musician would be successful without at […]

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Sibling Differences on Back to School Conversations

Driving down the road, heading home from picking up my sweet daughter from her great Gram’s house, we engage in a conversation. Well the conversation was sort of a random blurb that I made into a conversation without the daughter wanting me to.  So is the norm around here. I don’t have any friends but one in my class this year and it just sucks. – says the daughter Well I get that you only have one long time friend in your class this year sweetie but maybe the girls you were not friends with last year changed over the […]

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Remember to Give Thanks Where Thanks are Deserved

I am a firm believer that you can never say thank you enough where thanks are deserved! Can you believe that two little words, such as Thank You, can really brighten ones day? Well they can. Case in point, my son AJ, never really had much of an interest in school type work. I couldn’t sing the ABC song nor get him to attempt to sound out words. He has never really had much of an interest in trying to learn school type concepts, that is until this year in Kindergarten. I am friends with Aj’s teacher on Facebook and […]

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More Tragic Allegations Leaving Principal Arrested

A local high school principal has been arrested with allegations of simple assault. A 16 year old had a meeting with two teachers and the high school principal when allegations arose that this principal hit her on the back two or three times and the last time resulted in the student have her head hit the coffee cup on a table in front of her. Although I don’t know all of the facts of this case nor do I know if the student was a girl or a boy, I do know that it seems more and more negative news […]

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Four Giveaways Ended – Winners Announced

Four giveaways have ended and the winners are…. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music Lovers Book Congrats to : Valerie Mabrey  My Pet Firefly Congrats to: Janet W. Vtech & Chuggington Learning Laptop Congrats to: Ashley  Office Max Teacher Award $50 GC Congrats to: Nicole Fall Read her nomination entry: My son’s teacher this year, Mrs. Wentworth, is possibly the best teacher he has had. She is very dedicated to her students and is so great about dealing with parent concerns! She makes weekly ‘notes’ explaining what is going on in the classroom and is very fast at returning […]

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CLOSED Nominate Your Teacher to Win $50 to OfficeMax for National Cause

This year I am participating in A Day Made Better as one of the Office Max Moms as I did last year and am excited to be offering a teacher giveaway again!  On behalf of the “A Day Made Better” cause for teachers, you can nominate your favorite teacher to win a gift card to OfficeMax for school supplies! Teachers are really incredible! They touch so many lives every day and open the doors to opportunity in every way, shape and form. I’ve gotten to know my kids’ teachers over the past few years and have seen first hand their […]

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Exceptional Teacher Goes Up and Beyond To Ease Parents Worries

Yesterday I wrote about kindergarten and who cried more because I seriously had a hard time with Aj’s anxiety when leaving him from the school but part of me really hoped the teachers would be able to get him adjusted. If they were patient and allowed him to slowly get used to this new environment I knew he would settle in, or at least hoped. I sat all morning that first day of school with cell and house phone right beside me just waiting for that call from the school. Worried sick that maybe the principal would be calling me […]

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Kindergarten has Started: Who Cried Worse?

Now  I honestly don’t know if my son Aj cried more or less than me, but what I do know is I didn’t cry until I walked out of his classroom and rounded the corner. Listening to his screams and yelling for his “mama” made my heart just drop. I cried so hard that I could barely speak. I was laughing while crying because I had about three teachers tell me “he will be okay” and that “this will get easier”. I never cried when my daughter went to school, so having this separation issue with my son is all […]

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Mentoring Minds Contest

Mentoring Minds is a website that offers teaching strategies for teachers, I would think that home school parents would be able to benefit from these strategies as well. I have a child, my first born to be exact, that will succeed at all standardized testing because she is that “book smart” child like I was growing up, however, these testing ways are hard on other children and I do think that my first born son (middle child) may not do well with this type of testing. I love teachers, but they must keep up with teacher education because life changes […]

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Lesson Plans For Children: Social Studies

I was a great student in school but social studies wasn’t a particularly favorite topic of mine so when trying to teach my children at home, because even though my children do and will attend public schools, I like to teach at home in my spare time as well. I was searching around for social studies lesson plans for my children one day and happened upon the website Studies Weekly. This would be a great resource for teachers as well as parents. Teaching children is so vitally important, they are our future. I took a moment to search for lesson […]

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