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Cute Valentine’s Sayings from People in History

Throughout history, there have been some great one liners, poems and sayings. Below are some of those great sayings that can be used on Valentine’s Day.

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
- Oscar Wilde

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
- Benjamin Franklin

At the touch of Love every one becomes a poet.
- Plato

“Love is something eternal, The aspect may change, But not the essence.”
- Vincent Van Gogh

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

The best love affairs are those we never had.
- Norman Lindsay

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
- Lynda Barry

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

- Mother Teresa

Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless
- Ovid

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
- William Shakespeare

Love to faults is always blind,
Always is to joy inclined.
Lawless, winged, and unconfined,
And breaks all chains from every mind.
- William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on.
- William Shakespeare

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Make Mealtime A Teachable Moment

I got a terrific idea from my son’s teacher this week.  This idea can be used with just about any subject being studied.  Take a piece of posterboard (12 x 18 inches) and have your child decorate it with anything that is currently being studied.  For example, if your child is learning his or her multiplicaction facts, have him or her write them around the edges of the posterboard.  Or, if your child is learning to identify colors or letters, do the same with that information.  Maybe your older child needs to memorize a timeline or a set of dates or events.  Write whatever subject it is on the posterboard, then cover it with clear Contact paper.  Viola!  Your child has made an instant, teachable placemat to use at mealtimes!

National Museum Month

May is National Museum Month!  Visiting a museum at any age can be a fascinating, rewarding and educational experience.  However, not all of us are blessed to have good, quality museums in our area, so here are a few ways to bring the museum to you!

Create your own art exhibit with your child as the featured artist.  Spend a few days preparing for the “grand opening” by providing media for creating.  Do not limit your child to paper, crayons, markers and paint; branch out to sculpture by either using play-dough or a homemade dough.  Or, provide your child with a variety of boxes to build a piece of architecture.  Give your child different tools for creating color, such as chalk or even fruit juices.  If your child is old enough, have him or her name each piece of art.  Then, host an art show!  Call the neighbors and friends to visit and see the young artist and his or her work!

You can take this a step further by including several children in the show.  Allow friends or neighborhood children to create pieces of art and display them one afternoon.  It is a great way to involve several children in art appreciation without ever having to leave your home.

Create a “Wax Museum”.  There are two ways to do this: use small figurines or have friends stand in as historical figures.  Any kind of figurine can be used, from Barbies to Star Wars men.  Children can research important people and then recreate that person by dressing up a figurine.  Or, children can become that historical person and pose “in character” for others to see.  Another easy idea (and perfect for a child to do alone) is a paper-doll wax museum, especially if resources are limited.

Family History Museum – why not explore your own background and include the children in the process.  I actually did this two summers ago when I realized an ancestor of mine was one of the first lieutenant governors of Texas.  My son and I created a family tree, researched articles about our family online, and we even made a display of our family to share at a reunion. 

Do not discount small museums close to home!  In our small town we have an art gallery sponsored by the Art League.  It is small, but it is the perfect spot to learn more about art appreciation with my children.  The docents are always helpful and friendly, and the gallery is never crowded.  Our town also has a visitors center, and within our center is a small room of local history and artifacts.  It is easy to go through the entire space in a short amount of time, so my children’s attention spans are not tested by rooms and rooms of displays.  And, the entire area is significant to my children since it is a local attraction.  They are able to see how our town has evolved over the years.

Take a few moments this month to explore a museum or create one of your own.  Museums are fun, fascinating and factual!

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Music For More Memory

Way back when I was in grade school, I took a course offered through our local Lion’s Club on increasing your memory.  One of the key elements of the class was music.  There was always instrumental music playing, mostly in the background, but just enough that I noticed it.  The rhythm of the music remarkably made me feel as if I could focus with more clarity and concentrate on the things we were doing in the session.  See, music pulls on the right side, or creative side, of your brain.  The right side is also where our long term memory is controlled.  Most information we try to learn and retain imbeds itself in the left side, or analytical side, of the brain.  This side also controls our short-term memory.  So, to help transfer information we learn from the left to right side, we can use music either as background or in a lyrical fashion.

Music can help anyone learn concepts.  Songs can be “background” noise like I had in the course I took, providing focus and helping with concentration.  Or, they can be used in a more integrated fashion by setting the concepts to be learned to music, much like learning the ABC’s through the ABC song.  Learning facts and concepts through rhymes, catchy tunes and song lyrics is a great way to catch the attention of children, even the most reluctant learner.

Educational Insights is a company that has taken the concept of learning through song to new heights.  Their products include geography, grammar, history, and math.  What a terrific way to teach young children to learn their multiplication facts or help older children remember the capitals for each state!  Learning through music and song lyrics is a great way to utilize both hemispheres of the brain, making for a more solid retention of information.

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