Music & Activities

Ghost Hunting in the Dark

A non-scary, fun Halloween activity.

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Family Fall Bucket List

Fall has arrived! I've compiled a list of 40 of my favorite fall family activities.

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10 Ways to Drop Off Your Preschooler on Good Footing

As a  mom of two preschoolers with separation anxiety, I was first inspired to write an article titled “How to Execute a Tear-Free Drop Off.”  Then realized the goal shouldn’t be about how your child reacts to saying goodbye to you, which he may have very little control over, but about how to leave him on solid footing in a peaceful state of mind.

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12 Picture Books to Read This Fall

Does it feel like fall where you live? It certainly does around the Great Lakes. In our family, we like celebrating the change of seasons with new books. Out come the seasonal books from the previous years, and if they are not enough, we take a trip to the library. Here is the list of our favourites to read in the fall.

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7 Ways to Inspire a Child to Practice an Instrument (Without Tears)

Playing the piano wasn’t always fun for me.  In fact, it was dreadful at times.  But starting from age 4, I remained a dedicated pupil for almost two decades, thanks in large part to my parents.  There are things about my training that worked well to inspire me and things I wish I could’ve changed.

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell

In the book Gooney Bird Greene, briefly reviewed in the article Back to School Books, the second-graders were learning about telling stories. Their teacher thought that they might want to tell stories about Christopher Columbus, but the students insisted on stories about their intriguing new classmate – the bright and strong-willed girl Gooney Bird Greene.

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A Different Kind of Classroom

Julia Child. Chelsea Clinton. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. What do these successful folks share in common? A Montessori education.

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Ice Sculptures: Inspiring Creativity in Summer

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7 Creative Summer Projects for Kids

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Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish

Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish, a new children's book written by Margie Carroll with accompanying photography by Daniel J. Cox, is a story about a young polar bear that thinks she's much different than her other Arctic friends.

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