Scary Music & Movies to Play in the Dark

Oct. 6, 2014 by

Halloween and scary music go hand-in-hand. You probably own a couple of Halloween CDs complete with all the scary music you need, but did you know that scary music is found in the classical repertoire? Believe it or not, it actually does

Warning: How to Keep Your Kids From Becoming Tech-Junkies! Part 1

Sep. 29, 2014 by

Did you know that Steve Jobs was a “low-tech” parent?  Meaning–he did not allow his kids to turn into tech-junkies by spending hours on end playing with tech-toys. He stated, “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

The Best Oatmeal Cookies Ever!

Sep. 25, 2014 by

I love oatmeal cookies, but I like everything–including the kitchen sink (as they say)– in them. These are amazing oatmeal cookies–moist, flavorful, and delicious. I like to make oatmeal cookies during the fall, in fact, I think the words autumn

Music–A Brain-Building Tool for Success in School: Part 2

Sep. 22, 2014 by

Today’s blog is a continuation of how music involvement will build a bigger, better brain. It will help your children in every aspect of their schooling—reading, writing, math, language arts, spelling and vocabulary. Last week we talked about how music

The Many and Varied Uses for the Lowly Cucumber

Sep. 17, 2014 by

Cucumbers are a warm season vegetable, but thanks to warm weather in various parts of the country year-round, we are able to purchase this amazing veggie twelve months a year! Here are just some of the ways to enjoy this

Music: A Brain-Building Tool for Success in School: Part 1

Sep. 15, 2014 by

The kids are back in school. You can breathe a momentary sigh of relief, but now you want to know how you can support their learning experience and help them to become the best students they can be. So, if

Dr. Seuss “Lost” Stories & Seussology

Sep. 8, 2014 by

There are very few authors that children of all ages remember with more love and cheerfulness than Theodor Seuss Geisel, affectionately known as “Dr. Seuss.” Most people can distinctly recall the first time a parent or school teacher introduced them

Classical Music and Gothic Cathedrals

Sep. 3, 2014 by

Question: What do classical music and the Cathedral of Notre Dame have in common?  To answer this question, we need to talk music studies. There are studies on music that date from the 1800s to the present. In each instance,

Fox News Appearance

Aug. 27, 2014 by

On Sunday, August 17, I appeared on Fox News in Salt Lake City, Utah (KSTU Fox 13).  Kelly Chapman was the host and interviewed me about my book, Good Music Brighter Children. We had an immediate connection—which is important for

Reading and Eating Your Way through Children’s Literature

Aug. 25, 2014 by

Here are the recipes that go with the children’s books I discussed in two earlier blogs. They are fun to make and add a special reading/eating experience for your children. Pasta Fajioli Soup (Book: Stone Soup) Ingredients: 3 tsp. oil

@SchoolofDoodle: Music, Doodling and Mind Mapping

Aug. 15, 2014 by

Did your mother ever tell you to “Stop dawdling?”  When I was growing up, doodling and dawdling, (according to my mother) were wasteful activities that had no value. So after calling me to task, she would add, “and get busy

Developing Musical Talent

Aug. 13, 2014 by

Note: This is an excerpt taken from chapter five of my book, Good Music Brighter Children   When our son Jason was eighteen months old, he would climb on a chair, reach up to the stereo, and put music on

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