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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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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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Essential Oils and Health

Posted by Annie on Jul 6, 2015 in Education, high school

Our family has been experimenting with Essential Oils and I have to tell you, I’m having a blast.  Now, you might ask, “Why essential oils?”  Let me count the ways… Essential oils work, from Lavender for itching or for relaxing to Ylang Ylang for depression or as  health booster for the nervous system. I have […]

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