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Learning to read…

Posted by Annie on Sep 9, 2016 in Education

Kindergarten – which means “garden for children” in German – is not kindergarten anymore. It’s yesterday’s first grade, or even second. Kindergarten’s academic standards are dramatically more rigorous than even a decade ago (“find textual evidence”; “read texts with purpose and understanding”; “distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that […]

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Passing on the skills of life.

Posted by Annie on Feb 24, 2016 in Education, Seasonal

I just love that people are finally appreciative of homemade items.  There was a time when it was considered old fashioned, and thrifty but certainly not preferred. I made some strawberry jam recently. It was a project well suited to my needs. It didn’t require a lot of my time but it was a slow […]

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What to do with the kids?

Posted by Annie on Jan 31, 2016 in Activity, California, high school, Parenting

It’s January, the weather sucks.  I haven’t seen a blue sky for days (note to self: must remember to take extra Vitamin D).  The kids are home, they are bored, fighting and you’ve had it… But wait a minute. Are you going to let your children get the better of you? You can outsmart them. […]

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