Free Christmas Song Lesson

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and this year at our house we are preparing musically by learning some Christmas carol duets.  I am learning and practising too, and it’s a time of the day that I look forward to very much. I just saw a wonderful free Christmas song lesson online.  I was so impressed; it’s absolutely lovely, … Continue reading

Never Stop Saying Thank You

What’s your battle today?  Sometimes it’s trying to persuade a ten-year-old to write.  Other times it’s trying to convince an eight-year-old that she really does need to learn her tables.  Sometimes it’s tiredness, sleep-deprivation, morning sickness, money worries.  Some worries are big, and some are small. Although often, during December we might worry less than usual about academics because we are hurtling … Continue reading

A Highly Recommended Advent Calendar/Book

I want to tell you about a FABULOUS Advent Calendar/book.  It’s called The Story of Christmas Advent Calendar By Mary Packard, Illustrated by Carolyn Croll. It consists of a large board triptych (three part panel).  It opens like double doors and stands on a table or a shelf.  Inside there are 24 mini-books, each telling a little bit of the story of … Continue reading

How to Get Your Teenager Reading

Billy is in junior high school, he’s a fairly normal, dedicated student who loves art. But there’s something not so normal about him; he’s a half-dragon. Bonnie is also in junior high school, she’s an orphan who is constantly being shuffled from one foster home to another. She hides the same secret; she too is a half-dragon. Billy and Bonnie’s … Continue reading