Category Archives: learning

The Way We Learn

Recently, a group of us Fluty-type people were having a conversation about how we memorize music, and someone posted the question:” do you look away when you memorize music, and where do you look?”, which prompted someone to introduce the … Continue reading

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View the Solar Eclipse

This Sunday, May 20, at around 7:30 PM CST, there will be an Annular Solar Eclipse. This means that, in some parts of the world, if you happened to be looking directly at the sun, you’d see a “Ring of … Continue reading

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I was wandering around on Pinterest the other day, and came across this graphic. It is simply amazing to see the depth and height of our world. I’m trying to figure out how to print it out and put it … Continue reading

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The things that used to seem normal

I was sitting watching Ordinary People (at minute 1:53 is what inspired this post) a few weekends ago and I was just floored when Judd Hirsch, who played a psychiatrist, sat in his office WITH HIS patient smoking one cigarette after … Continue reading

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Why can’t we spell it correctly?

Josh is in first grade now, and starting to read chapter books.  He’s a massive fan of the Magic Treehouse Books, and I am too. I love that the whole point of them is to encourage reading, imagination and adventure. … Continue reading

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Boys vs Girls

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Joel Northrup.  He’s a home-schooled Iowa wrestler who qualified for State with the Linn-Mar Wrestling Team.  When he got to his first round, he discovered he was paired with Cassey Herkelman of … Continue reading

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Free Chat Thursday

We drove down to Rochester Friday afternoon for a baseball tournament. It took us about 2 hours, once we got out of the cities. It was a beautiful drive, who knew southern Minnesota was so hilly, and scenic?! We were … Continue reading

Posted in baseball, boys, buddies, communicating, competition, courtesy, emotions, encourage, family, friends, friendships, happiness, kids, laughter, learning, life, life lessons, losing, memories, playing, playing around, respect, self esteem, son's, swimming, Uncategorized, winning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Food fights have sure changed

This story was brought to my attention by SKL. “A 13-year-old girl who threw vegetables in a cafeteria worker’s face sparked a fist-fight that ended with criminal charges being filed against the worker, who apparently didn’t find the incident very … Continue reading

Posted in adults, anger, behavior, childhood, children, choices, discipline, food fights, kids, learning, paraprofessionals, people, problems, school, self esteem, special ed, teachers, things, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Question of the day from mssc

What is the highest year of formal education you have completed?

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Test Answers?

Rather than admit defeat in the face of tricky questions, some will decide to take a more creative approach to their answers…

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No alcohol allowed

We just built a new stadium for our University of Minnesota Gophers. It’s called the TCF Bank Stadium. All very fine and good. But some “do gooders” have decided that it’s going to be an alcohol free zone. Okay, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in activities, adults, alcohol, behavior, choices, college student, differences, getting drunk, kids, learning, life, life lessons, opinions, people, problems, things, today's times, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

It’s not the Cape

Recently, Glenn Beck has been lamenting an experience he had with his son, Raphe, who, I gather, is around five years old.  He had been discussing “heroes,” and  referring to regular men.  Raphe looked at him and said, “They’re not … Continue reading

Posted in adulthood, adults, America, behavior, character, childhood, children, dogs, glen beck, growing up, kids, learning, life, life lessons, parenting, relationships, respect, responsibility | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Mom’s getting schooled (SKL)

With my 2 daughters rounding age 3, they are now “preschoolers.”  This fall, they transitioned from a nanny’s care to a well-regarded preschool/daycare near my home.  I was pretty excited by many good things about the school – the academic … Continue reading

Posted in activities, advice, behavior, childhood, children, choices, differences, education, emotions, kids, learning, life lessons, memories, parent's, parenting, peer pressure, people, school, teachers, things, toddlers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

New Ideas…please!!

With winter coming at us a lot faster than we had anticipated, we have been indoors a lot more. If it isn’t raining or too windy we’ll go outside but with temperatures nearly freezing that never lasts very long. I … Continue reading

Posted in activities, art projects, babysitting, child care, childhood, children, daycare, games, kids, learning, people, playing, things, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Question of the Day

What activity would you love to learn, if you had the time and money to do it?

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Cursive or keyboarding

I have triplet nieces and nephew. They turned 14 in March. They have a pool party each year in the summer in lieu of a winter party. We were sitting around and they were all opening their cards and they … Continue reading

Posted in childhood, children, choices, differences, handwritten letters, kids, learning, life, opinions, people, reading, school, teachers, things, today's times | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Teacher accused of slapping a boy

I was going to write a post about this and then I came across this “Good To Know” segment that Don Shelby had and I really couldn’t have said it better myself. “A story Wednesday night got a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, bullying, childhood, children, choices, education, emotions, fears, feelings, fighting, getting along, hurt feelings, kids, kindness, learning, life lessons, memories, peer pressure, people, problems, school, teachers, things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Should We Keep Exploring Space?

Should we keep exploring space? This was on Good Question the other night on the 40th anniversary of the first landing of men on the moon. I don’t really have an opinion on this. I’ve never really given it a … Continue reading

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A Dream is a Wish?

Standing before a group of suit-clad professionals, I begin my presentation.  I refer often to the notes in my hand and on the whiteboard at the front of the room as I walk through the crowd, making eye contact, holding … Continue reading

Posted in activities, behavior, depression, dreams, emotions, fears, feelings, learning, life lessons, nightmares, thoughts | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Don’t think about it

Have you ever thought about serendipity?  About things just, well, happening, when you need them to? Lately, I’ve been going through a difficult time, and I’ve been thinking – nay, obsessing – over it.  What should I do?  If I … Continue reading

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Having school 4 days a week

When I first heard about this, my first thought was I didn’t like it. I thought it would cause to many problems with parent’s jobs and daycare situations. But then when I watched this last night, it made “some” sense … Continue reading

Posted in child care, childhood, children, choices, daycare, differences, educating, education, home alone, kids, learning, opinions, parent's, people, problems, school, teachers, things, work | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Laura need our advice on this folks

Ok, I have a question that, if you want to use it, I would like to put to your readers….  They seem like a pretty level-headed bunch, so I’m thinking they can help me out. Hot Rod is going to … Continue reading

Posted in advice, behavior, childhood, children, choices, differences, education, emotions, fears, feelings, hurt feelings, kids, learning, memories, opinions, parent's, people, school, things | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Craigslist scammers!

I’m sure everyone knows what Craigslist is, right? Like an online giant store where you can find anything and everything! Jason is a big Craigslist fan. I like to go on there sometimes but it’s more his thing than mine. … Continue reading

Posted in activities, behavior, choices, craigslist, dangers, deals, differences, fears, feelings, internet, learning, life, life lessons, live and learn, people, problems, scams, things, thinking, trouble, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Kid’s Questions

Today must be my day for in depth questions from my kids and good stuff coming in the mail!  This morning I picked Christopher up from preschool as usual.  I asked how his day was and he said, “Fine mom.  … Continue reading

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Passing your driving test

Doesn’t everyone have a driver’s license story to tell?  I’d really like to know why so many people don’t pass the first time.   I didn’t get my license until I was 21 years old. I remember I was pregnant … Continue reading

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