Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Get it, key? Like Piano Key? Ha, I crack myself up sometimes. Yeah I know, I did a lil’ play on words there. I had to, it’s me. So you guys remember that I started homeschooling our youngest son again. We gave him a chance at going back into mainstream schooling again, and it just wasn’t the right time, so we pulled him back out. He’s been great since. However, I’m not musically inclined and he THRIVES off of playing a musical instrument. So when I was approached by Playground Sessions to collaborate, I jumped. Guys, this program is FANTASTIC!I’m seriously not just saying this either. EVEN I am learning to play the piano and I never thought I would learn. But I guess, you really can teach an ol’ chick new tricks!

Is Taking Courses Towards an Online Degree Right for You?

Is Taking Courses Towards an Online Degree Right for You?

If you’re not really happy with your career but can’t make a change until you have new qualifications, it might make sense for you to take a course or courses towards an online degree. The great thing about online courses is that you can study them in your free time and make them fit around your existing home life and the job that you’re still doing if you don’t have the financial freedom to quit it just yet. However, doing an online degree is not necessarily for everyone out there. It’s important to think things through clearly and ensure you’re making the right decision, for you and your family.

3 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Child’s Education

3 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Child’s Education

Of course, no one says that you can’t invest in something different but also as important, such as savings plans, unit-linked insurance plans, and growth plans with a significant capital appreciation over a period of time. Besides that, you can also opt for an investment plan targeted at higher education expenses, with the help of financial advisors, of course. Professional help of this kind is highly recommended for planning portfolio so that you can be 100% sure that your child will have a bright future thanks to your smart moves and decisions you were making from their early age.

The Right Way to Go About Homeschooling Your Child

The Right Way to Go About Homeschooling Your Child

So, over the past couple of months, I have stumbled on the wonderful life of “homeschooling your child”! Now let me say this first and foremost… I SUCK at “educating” my son. I’m not the “strict, chalkboard, listen, shut up, learn, repeat” parent that I thought I was going to be. NOPE! I’m far from that! I’m more so the “unschooling/deschooling”, relaxed, take it each day at a time schooling mom. Why? Quite honestly, who likes to sit at a desk writing on worksheets, watching videos of learning stuff all day long? Isn’t that one of the reasons I pulled my kid from the school system?

10 Things To Do When You Go Back To College a Second Time

10 Things To Do When You Go Back To College a Second Time

I have a hard time finishing my degree, which I’ve changed like 5 times since I initially started in 1999. Yes, really, that long ago! I quit after finding out I was pregnant with my oldest, went back, quit again when his bio-father walked out, went back after my youngest was born and I lost my job, quit again when my job wouldn’t accommodate to my school schedule. Fast forward to last year, my mom’s health declined. She made me promise to go back to school and give it one last try. She knows I’ve struggled and how much I wanted to at least get a degree. So I embarked on getting loans and what I owed paid off so I could start back.

5 Reasons I Absolutely Love Udemy Online Courses, And You Will Too!

5 Reasons I Absolutely Love Udemy Online Courses, And You Will Too!

Not to long ago I posted on my own personal Facebook page that I was FINALLY going back to college. YAY ME! For the longest time I’ve owed over $10k in loans so I had to agree to paying back at least $25 a month in order to stay out of default. Sometimes, when you’re struggling to learn but can’t get back into the full swing of things, you can still learn, but without the high cost of college fees, course fees, books & more. I have a horrible problem with habit making and sticking to my habits. My adult ADHD causes a lot of problems with my habits. I get into the groove of things, but one little thing can make me go “squirrel” so to speak, and online courses is one of those I struggle with horribly.

8 Tips to Help Your Child Become a Life Long Avid Reader

8 Tips to Help Your Child Become a Life Long Avid Reader

There are several ways to help your children in their quest for reading knowledge. There are many good programs, such as Groza Learning Center, books, and even some games on the market that help children learn the basics of reading fundamentals. With the market so saturated with different reading and phonics programs, parents often overlook a rather simple and fun way to get their kids excited about reading. Magazines are a great resource to use when you are trying to develop a love of learning in your children.

Is your Child Struggling with Multiplying Integers? Use this Game to Help them

Is your Child Struggling with Multiplying Integers? Use this Game to Help them

They were 2 of the several chapters every year I dreaded after 2nd grade. Sure adding and subtracting were easier for me, but I learned that multiplying and dividing I gained the answers faster. Once I finally was able to get the hang of it, my teachers threw in a wrench that drove me to despise math for an entire school year, integers. The wonderfulness of needing to add, subtract, multiply or divide negative or positive numbers, in any format. Eventually, my teachers helped me understand the concepts and now I am pretty darn decent at math. Now I’m not the best at math concepts, but I do know enough to get by and with me in college again.

15 Fantastic Books Every Kid Needs to Read Before Graduating High School

15 Fantastic Books Every Kid Needs to Read Before Graduating High School

I Have An 11th-Grade High School Student This School Year! I'm absolutely amazed at the lack of required reading any more in the school system. I remember having read at least 3-4 award-winning books every year along with having to write at least a 5-page report for the books. Some of the books that my son has read over the past few years, I remember reading and actually ending up purchasing at library book sales, because they were that awesome. I wish schools would get back to that time again. Simple, reading, understanding, composition, and just overall great books! I talked a couple weeks...
15 Must Read Books for Summer Reading Program – Middle School List

15 Must Read Books for Summer Reading Program – Middle School List

Summer Is Creeping Up On Us Parents.
Go ahead, scream, you know you want to! I’ve already started a countdown calendar for when they go back to school.

I love my kids… I do! I love my sanity just slightly more.

Okay, possibly a whole lot more.
Every year we set out to have the boys pick out so many books to read and they have to write at least one essay on the book. Every single year, I (yes me) drop the ball and forget about the essay.

It’s really hard to believe that in the fall I’ll have a 6th grader and it will be his last year as a middle schooler.

Where Has The Time Gone?
I don’t have a problem getting my youngest, who is going into 6th grade next year, to read. He will read 1-2 books a week. A lot of the books on the list below he’s read already at least 1 time.

We’ve been making the boys take a book from a back wall at the library that has all of the classic books and they need to read one of those a month on top of their other books.

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