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I Didn’t Know I was Sick

Last week, I was tested for Celiac’s Disease. It was negative, the Dr. Said it’s very hard to diagnose.  After reading all the information and symptoms and really thinking about my body and my life, I think I may still have Celiac’s… if not, I’m pretty sure I’m Gluten Intolerant.  Here’s the thing… I didn’t realize I was sick! 14 year ...[Read More]

Instructional Strategies Summarized!

Well, the last week has set my world in a bit of a whirlwind. Getting used to doing home-school with my 8 year old and then finding out I may be gluten intolerant and need to completely change my diet. Health and Wellness is a big part of my life, and I try to eat whole grains and make a lot of food from scratch, but going Gluten Free hasn’t necessarily been a goal. Needless to say, blogging hasn’ ...[Read More]

Lego Fractions!

While on Facebook one day, we saw the idea of teaching fractions with Legos. Awesome! Here is our take on it! By the way, this is a fabulous way to do a math journal! He was way motivated to share his learning with someone! Thanks for watching! One Lego block equals one whole and has 8 dots. It can also be written as 8 or 4  .           & ...[Read More]

Starting Home School!

If you’ve followed my blog: Powerful Parents, you’ll know that I am a teacher of the deaf and am passionate about teaching deaf children. I am also the parent of 4 amazing, beautiful, smart children. One can hear (is hearing) and the other 3 are deaf. After a year and a half of struggling in school, I did it, I brought him home. Read about how that journey started here. Here’s wh ...[Read More]

Not enough FUN!

Do you ever get so BUSY and WORRIED that you FORGET to have FUN??? Yeah, I do. As Moms and parents, we are focused on our little ones. Do they have what they need? Are they happy? Is there enough food in the fridge? Is it healthy enough? Is there enough $ in the bank? How is school going? Sports? Friends? I was feeling grumpy and disappointed one week. It hadn't been a particularly bad week, but w ...[Read More]

My Favorite 5 minutes!

What is your favorite time of the day? Is there something you do every day that just lights you up and makes you feel good inside? Now… let’s get one thing straight. The time I am thinking of IS my favorite time; however, it’s NOT always easy to do, I don’t always WANT to do it, and, well… sometimes it just doesn’t go as you planned. My favorite 5 minutes of every day are… the 5 minutes just ...[Read More]

The problem with ‘Good’

The problem with ‘Good’

“Good job!” “That picture looks good!” “Looking good sweetie!” “You are a good brother!” “You are a good boy!” Sounds ‘good,’ right? I thought so too… until the day when I told my son, “Remember – you are a good student! You are a good friend!” just before sending him off to school.  He looked at me without saying a word, but his eyes told me plenty: “Oh, sure. Don’t worry about the bullies I just ...[Read More]

Dealing with Bullying

Dealing with Bullying

Ok , I have an amazing story that I want to share with you, but it requires some background information.  Last year my family and I took a class entitled “A Mind of Steel” taught by 3Key Elements. It taught our family about something they call, “dot people.” You know those voices you have in your head that argue with you or give you thoughts that bring you down? Those voices that are in you, yet a ...[Read More]