Around the Word in 60 Seconds

When teaching my tweens and teens at home, I found it hard to find a simple devotional that they could relate to. My children didn’t date, didn’t deal with locker room gossip, or the usual school social structure. In fact, some of the typical devotionals written for young people glorified the traditional school culture enough

Out and About at the Zoo

Our family has enjoyed reading aloud for years, even beyond the early reading days. There was a lull in the aloud-reading department after our children left home and before grandkiddos came along. Now when they visit, we have both serious story reading and funny romps through books. Out and About at the Zoo will be one

made to play! – A Review

I’m usually leery of books that claim to encourage imaginative play. Too often exact steps are given as to what should be imagined and how the play should be undertaken. made to play! isn’t a book about play; it’s about toys. Toys can be the spark needed for imaginative play. Mr. Henriques has taken simple


Let’s Get Dirty Last night we were at a neighborhood bar-b-que and the children were running around enjoying being outdoors without adult intervention. As we were watching the joy of these children, maybe even wishing we could join in, a woman pointed and said, “Look at those boys. They’re are throwing dirt in the air.

Weekend Reads

Preschool: At What Cost? Read A Sample Chapter “What preschool do you go to?” the doctor asked our three-year-old granddaughter, who was perplexed by the question. My husband quickly responded, “As long as she is with us, she will not go to school.” Thus quickly ending that conversation. Parents are bombarded with “facts” and comments that preschool


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