“The Widow’s Broom” A Must-Read for Halloween!

Oct. 20, 2014 by

I love the fall holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think that holiday-fun should always include reading-a-loud-fun that turns into exciting and memorable traditions. So today I’m going to talk about one of our family’s very favorite Halloween books: The Widow’s

@ils_learning –Integrated Learning Strategies: Using Music to Help Learning Disabilities

Oct. 13, 2014 by

Do you have a child with learning disabilities? Autism? Sensory Integration issues? Auditory Processing? Attention Deficit Disorder? Etc.? In chapter eight of my book, Good Music Brighter Children I talk about how music can be a powerful catalyst for kids

Scary Music & Movies to Play in the Dark

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,

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