Solar System
homeschool, STEM

The Planets- Astronomy Lesson For Preschool

We've made it to Planets!  Who doesn't love imagining and exploring the idea of other worlds?  For preschoolers the two main concepts is to familiarize themselves as they associate the images of the planets with their names.  This can be done wonderfully through some videos I have included in the intro of the Lesson.  And… Continue reading The Planets- Astronomy Lesson For Preschool

Jazz Collage
Art Appreciation

Jazz Lesson For Kids of All Ages

Jazz music pumps through my speakers in our home throughout the day, everyday.  Houston bred, I feel a near spiritual connection with it, and when it place I feel as if I can hear the echoed songs of my late grandfather's soul. So, we just concluded a week of exploring four different music genres at… Continue reading Jazz Lesson For Kids of All Ages

Reading & Literacy

The Whipping Boy & Bullying:: 3rd to 6th Grade Focus Study

Our Troubling Perspective I have discussed before my stepson, B, and his struggle with his one-dimensional perspective on human behavior. Like with many young boys, there are good people and there are bad people. It's a concept as old as time. There are cowboys and there are indians. There are cops and there are robbers.… Continue reading The Whipping Boy & Bullying:: 3rd to 6th Grade Focus Study

Art Appreciation, Themed Units

A Summer of Art For Kids

Week 2: Frida Kahlo Drawing Faces Understanding symbolism Frida's culture Scroll to bottom of post for detailed weekly Art schedule. Despite my grandparents dragging me through art museum after art museum as a child, I was never taught how to enjoy art. Instead I took endless classes on the technical acts of it throughout my… Continue reading A Summer of Art For Kids

Orlando Adventures

The Best Age to Take Your Kids To Disney Parks

I had been apprehensive at first.  Sure I was the one who had originally initiated the idea, but now that the notion I thought an impossibility was becoming quite the reality I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew.  The House of R would be going on a Disney Vacation with… Continue reading The Best Age to Take Your Kids To Disney Parks

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective, Orlando Adventures, Step-Parenting To Do's

Wrapping Up The Magic of Christmas

I don't really remember the day mom finally confirmed the dreaded rumors that Santa was merely a figment of the imagination.  It never really made a difference though.  Even as I took my turn as a teenager playing Santa for my younger brothers I never stopped believing in the magic of him. As a child… Continue reading Wrapping Up The Magic of Christmas

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

The Lies My Mother Told Me

My cousins and I would try to bide the time while at our granny's small one room shack by the river.  With no television, no toys, and no other sources of entertainment in the tight quarters our options came down to playing cards, fishing, and quietly using our imagination.  I'd often bide much of my… Continue reading The Lies My Mother Told Me