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Think Pretty (Part 2)

We're picking up this week with the second part of Think Pretty. Check out part 1 of Think Pretty from a few weeks ago.

Three strategies to preserve your brain: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are six main strategies to preserve your brain, and below are the first three. (Of course, these are most effective when done together.) I will address the other three in a future blog post.

Think Pretty (Part 1)

 

When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me each morning as I headed off to school: “Think Pretty.” As I became older, I came to understand that she meant that I should think about lovely things: the good - not the bad, the beautiful - not the ugly. That I should look for the “pretty” in each and every day. 

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

Speech and Language Resources

 

Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!

Start Lunch, Finish Lunch

At lunch time, we assembled sandwiches or leftovers from the night before, took our time to eat, and lingered at the table to talk. When I look back, I see that homeschooling provided a great opportunity to make good nutrition a top priority. Plus, it provided the added benefit of making healthy, effective communication a top priority, too...something that's often overlooked in our quest for fast everything...

A Very Nutritious, Very Greek Snack

Last weekend, my twin sister and I celebrated our birthday together. A wonderful thing about having a twin is that you get to share the celebration with your favorite person in the whole world! The bond for twins is so strong, and something I definitely treasure.

As we've done for years, my husband, Jay, and my twin's husband, Costas, went out to eat last Saturday night. Well, I happened to mention how much I like yogurt, and, of course, the Greeks are known for their outstanding yogurt.

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month

"Be sure to brush gently, okay?" I reminded the twins as they scrambled from the lunch table that afternoon. I walked upstairs and looked into the bathroom where the twins faced each other like mirror images, and pulled out their bright toothbrushes (from the pretend sheaths) and started scrubbing―as if  they were in some kind of dental competition to out-do the opponent to win the incisor-polishing contest. Just then, they both looked over at me with those toothy, second-grade grins―and giggled...

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

Build Time Into Your Day For Fresh Air, Exercise & Sunshine

We fluffed up the pillows in the corner of our upstairs school room that September afternoon, and settled in to review the spelling list. Sun poured through those two windows warming the carpet and our three freckled faces. 

We opened the book and worked to pronounce those special sounds: scr as in scrape, squ as in squeak or squint. After about thirty minutes and some major fidgeting, I gave a big yaaawwwnn... and  silently considered that this third-grade language lesson was not going exactly according to plan --

To Our Kitchens, O Mothers

...I pictured myself back in my college days at the University of Maryland giving a speech to my fellow classmates. I envisioned telling them what I'm about to tell you. A few people, including the professor walked toward the podium. I knew that they wanted to usher me out of that lecture hall quicker than a flash...

I think that moms really set the tone at home, and that when it comes to nurturing their families --- no one is quite as good as a loving mother. And, specifically when it comes to nutrition, mothers are extremely influential. 

Make It A TV-Free Summer

...The family of four sat motionless in the family room that night after dinner. All facing the same direction, their eyes stared at that blue screen, conversation abated. They couldn't hear the symphony of summer crickets and frogs in the little koi pond outside their patio door. And they didn't hear the breeze blowing or the distant whistle of the train...

As we calculated the many hours wasted in front of the TV, we decided to do something radical. We said goodbye to TV-viewing that night fifteen years ago, and don't regret it one bit! 

Natural Beauty: Take Care Of Yourself

Today let's talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to maintain and cultivate inner strength and outward beauty. Strength -- to do our very best in what we're called to do: love our husbands and children, manage our homes (I realize that many work outside the home, too), and teach our children. Beauty --- not just outward. We're also talking about those inner qualities like graciousness, kindness, and a pleasant demeanor -- virtues that are fast disappearing and often mocked in our androgynous American culture... 

Welcome Summer

What comes to mind when you think of your own childhood summers? Swimming on hot days, camping in the backyard, chasing those elusive butterflies, or running through the cold sprinkler? Side-walk chalk and jump rope? Gardens and snow-cones? Walking barefoot in the grass? However you spent your summers growing up, I encourage you to savor the upcoming moments and days with your family throughout the season ahead...

Make It An Active Summer

It's easy to forget that kids need a lot of physical activity as they grow.  Fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of movement is  beneficial for all of us, but especially important for children's coordination, growing bones, and mental acuity. I encourage you to help lead the way in this area, and enjoy burning some calories in the process. After all, we're meant to move!  So, here are some helpful suggestions to get all of us moving this summer. And, don't worry -- you don't have to be super coordinated or athletic to take part in these fun ideas... 

Encourage Your Family, And Your Family Will Encourage You

"I have absolutely no desire to learn how to swing a golf club and hit that elusive white ball.  Why don't you three go?" I said that spring afternoon.

"Mommy, come with us. We'll teach you," Justin pleaded as he looked up at me without blinking his hazel eyes...

So I reluctantly tagged along to the golf course with Jay and the boys that day.

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