Archives for March 2014

Peter and the Wolf

 Peter & the Wolf


Orlando, Florida

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 | 4:30 PM
Loch Haven Park


We must train young ears to appreciate music masterpieces.  For those of you in the Orlando area, you won’t want to miss this opportunity… a free concert presented by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra complete with a petting “instrument” zoo for your little ones!

Listen to the music before April 12th, as your child will enjoy this experience more if he/she is familiar with the music before attending the concert.  Check out the resource link below for more ways to share “Peter & the Wolf” with your children.

Please share this post with others in the Orlando area and help us get the word out to friends and family.  Hey, why not pack a picnic snack and invite another family to join you in the park?

Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

See you April 12th!
Mary & Deni

Great RESOURCE for parents and teachers.  (Includes a listening map.)

Beginning this August, each month will be highlighting an art and music masterpiece to share with your children and students

Wilfrid G. M. Partridge

Author:  Mem Fox
Illustrator:  Julie Vivas

Enjoy this favorite read-aloud of mine, published on May 21, 2012 by Mem Fox and read by Bradley Whitford.
Wilfrid lives next to a retirement home, and his favorite old person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that Wilfrid doesn’t even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it.


What is a memory?

“something from long ago”

“something that makes you cry”

“something that makes you laugh”

“something as precious as gold”


Enjoy this read aloud as we get ready to launch our theme for April: Making Memories!


Deni Corbett

Pantone COLORS

I found this book a couple years ago at MOMA in New York.  It’s still a favorite of mine for homes and classrooms.


Ever since I took a graduate class where the professor insisted we teachers of young children only provide primary colors to our students, I’ve been fascinated with the challenge of helping children identify that BLUE doesn’t just mean one color of blue.  By providing children with only primary paint colors, our young Monet’s arrive at the many shades of colors on their own – and it’s an amazing revelation to observe!   In my Kindergarten classes, I would take my little ones outside and have them collect something “green”.  We would then go back to our classroom and try to replicate each one of our own personal “greens” (me included)!  I still love that activity – it’s a favorite of mine.

This book celebrates the many answers to “What is blue?”   “orange”  “yellow”.

Oh, and the next time you find yourself outside, take a minute and observe the Creator’s definition of “green”.

Pantone: COLORS,
 published by Abrams/Appleseed Books – March 2012, introduces children to 9 basic colors and 20 shades of each.  It features an illustration of a familiar image for pre-schoolers, such as a train, for example, on one page and an array of Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors in the same range (in the case of the train, blues) on the other. The names they use to describe each color shade is familier to children: Pretzel Brown, Grasshopper Green, Taxi Cab Yellow, and Pumpkin Orange “By experiencing each of the colors as an image, then as shades, children are introduced to the concept that one color name can mean many different things in a dynamic way that will thrill parents, educators, and designers.

According to Abrams/Appleseed Publishing Director, Cecily Kaiser, “Pantone: COLORS is fast becoming an in-house favorite. It’s so visceral, bright and bold, and you just want to hold it and own it.”

I totally agree!!  I’m crazy about this book.  A must for every home library.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Deni Corbett

Note:  The Amazon link below is for a  board book.

Praying the Belt of Truth

Ephesians 6:14; “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”

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Truth is essential. It is what everything else hinges on. Perhaps this is why it’s the first piece of armor Paul speaks to. When my third son Jacob was little, he was really little. He was average in height but in the 15 percentile in weight.  In spite of the weight gain shakes the pediatrician had recommended and his large appetite he weighed no more than a buck and a quarter soaking wet. My sister-in-law in her funny and sassy way would tell him at 3 and 4 years old, “You need to go tell your mama to buy you a butt” because he couldn’t keep his slim sized pants up. What Jacob needed me to buy him was a belt to help keep his dignity covered. Likewise the Belt of Truth that Ephesians speaks of would have been crucial to keep up and hold together other parts of the armor. It held the sheath for the sword, and leather strips would hang from the belt to help protect the lower part of the soldier’s body. Truth protects us and supports us.  God’s word tells us in several places to bind it around us.

Prayer points:

1)      Acknowledge God is truth and there is no deception or change in Him.

2)      Pray that your child would recognize truth and choose walk in light of it.

3)      Ask the Lord to work truth into the inward places of your child’s heart that they may know the freedom that comes   from truth.

4)      Praise God for His goodness and His plans for your kids.

James 1:16-18  16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.



Lord bind your truth around my child.  Help me to speak the truth over them daily reminding them of your promises and your faithfulness. Develop a truthful heart in them. I thank you and praise you Lord for the gift of their life and say they are a good and perfect gift that came from you. May your will be done in their lives. In Jesus name, Amen.