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Maestro Classics

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We love music.  I encourage my children to develop an appreciation for the art, beauty, and talent in every genre.  I’ll admit, it’s a little harder to find in some, more than others, but it is possible.

In December, I had the opportunity to take my children to hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  The youngest, especially, were amazed to hear and see the instruments at the same time.  I loved watching them, as they heard a new sound, searching to find the instrument it was coming from.  It was a wonderful experience.

“Listening to symphonic music allows a child to listen to the sounds that various instruments make and then make an informed decision on which instrument they might like to try playing.”  It’s true.  My child could envision herself playing the flute.  Actually, she mimicked playing it throughout the entire concert.  I don’t know if she had even seen a flute before then.

Maestro Classics is classical music for kids.  It is geared for children ages 6 – 12.  The music is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.



They have 9 productions available:

Peter and the Wolf

The Soldier’s Tale

The Story of Swan Lake

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music

The Tortoise and the Hare

Casey at the Bat

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Juanita the Spanish Lobster

Each CD is $16.98 or purchase a MP3 download for $9.98.  Nearly an hour of music, by brilliant composers, narration and background information.

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Maestro Classics

P.O. Box 688

Falmouth, MA  02541

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Let the Games Begin!

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According to their website, Griddly Games is committed to “bringing innovative and engaging games to people ‘across the grid.”  They’ve consistently gained recognition for their ingenuity and creativity in designing games that are fun and educational.  Many of their games have won the Teacher’s Choice Award for the Classroom and the Dr. Toy Winner award, among others.

We like board games at our house.  I buy them new and second-hand.  Some have been given to us as gifts and some as hand-me-downs from children or families that out grew them.  We’ve even been known to create a few of our own over the years.  I have boxes with the games intact and then I have boxes or bags of pieces, to replace pieces that inevitably get lost.  The family that plays together gets to know one another better!  Chess, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, games of memory and concentration, Wits & Wagers, card games like War, Go! Fish and Golf, Yahtzee!, Boggle, Chutes and Ladders and Pictionary come to mind with ease.  Several have been played by all eleven of our children, at one time or another, while others are special editions or upgrades.  Griddly Games are new to our house, but Wise Alec has become a fast favorite.

Wise Alec is an educational trivia game “covering topics in History, Science and Spelling.”  Nature Nuts is a stand alone, nature trivia, travel game, and a Wise Alec expansion set.



The box has a magnetic lip on the lid that is excellent!  This is a no game board = play anywhere kind of game.  Slips into the beach bag.  Travels well to doctor’s and dentist’s offices.  Rides well on long car trips and suffers no ill effects when played sitting Indian-style on the bed.



Designed for 2 – 6 players, ages 8 and up.  In my opinion, it easily accommodates more players because in it’s simplest game the die is rolled, questions are asked & answered and points are tallied.  Plenty of questions for everyone!  Each card, Animal, Plant, and Earth has two levels of questions, novice and expert.  (The cards are a little thin and gloss-coated on the graphic side only; so, not quite as durable as I like.)  The Wise Alec cards pose challenges that may cost the player points or add bonus points.



  • Brain Teaser ~ Name 3 mammals  + 3 points
  • Action! ~ Make your best fish face  + 3 points
  • Yoga Time! ~ Do the tree pose.  Hold your arms above your head with palms pressed together.  Lift one leg off the ground so that your foot rests by your other knee.  Hold for 30 seconds.  + 7 points
  • Tongue Twister ~ Real rock wall.  Repeat 5 times.  + 5 points
  • Yes! ~ You do your 3 r’s:  you recycle, reuse and reduce!  + 2 points
  • Study Break! ~ Hop from side to side 15 times.  +3 points
  • Oops! ~ You put old cheese into the composting bin!  – 2 points  (We threw out one Oops! card ~ Your horse passed gas!  – 2 points –  It seemed like unnecessary coarse jesting and we didn’t want to encourage it.)
  • plus, Double Chance!, Roll Again!, and Still My Turn! cards.


We’ve learned something new every time we’ve played this game!  You’ll find the Wise Alec Family Trivia GameWise Alec:  Nature Nuts, retailing for $14.99,  Wise Alec:  Civilize This and Wise Alec:  Sports Buffs, along with other Griddly Games, at your local toy/game stores and at various online retailers.  Discover the fun at!




This graphic is from Kidz Zone.  A place for kids to play interactive online games and print coloring sheets!  A Griddly FREEBIE!



Griddly Games, Inc.

633 – 5960 No. 6 Road

Richmond, BC V6V 1Z1




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Thank you for your time and your comments.  I appreciate you!  PK


My First Blog Award

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I was recently discovered by Catherine @ Our Village Is A Little Different and she nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award.

It matters not to me that this is not a one-of-a-kind award.  I’m just excited that she picked ME! to receive it.  “Thank you, Catherine.  I’m honored.”  In my enthusiasm to accept this, I neglected to read the small print.  It never crossed my mind that I would have to give up chocolate for a year…

Fortunately, I don’t have to, but there are a few simple rules ~

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for this award.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Select 15 recently discovered, great bloggers, to receive this award.
  • Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

I believe that Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth and The Life and that absolutely no one gets to The Father, God, except through the saving knowledge of His grace – not works, but unmerited favor.

I believe there will be enough time to organize the clutter in my house when my children are grown.  Right now, there’s just too many edu-fun things to do with them.

God never whispered in my ear, as a child nor as a teenager, and said, “I want you to have 11 children.”  I wouldn’t give up or trade even one of them, but… if He had told me ahead of time, I’d probably have run the opposite direction, sure that this was the first mistake He’d ever made.  I still feel ill-equipped, but I am so, very blessed.

If I could – I’d have a bin for everything (labeled) and every bin in it’s place (alphabetized).

Green.  Sage.  Forest.  Olive.  Spring.  Pea.  Camo.  Moss.  Clover.  Emerald.  Army.  Asparagus.  Sea.  GREEN.  Any of them.  All of them.  I really like the color green.

If you tell me something in strict confidence, you can count on me holding it in the strictest confidence.  “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I don’t hang my dirty laundry on the line; so, I’m certainly not going to hang out yours.

I would downsize, pack up everybody, and move into a motor home to travel the country – in a heartbeat or at least in 60 days.  It’s a mentality… only the back yard would change.  All of the truly important things would stay the same.  God, Family and Home.  Faith, Hope & Love.  All I need is a wealthy sponsor.

Please visit and if you’d like, follow my nominees:

Ramblin’ Roads

The Midlife Housewife

Home Joys


Tractors and Tire Swings

Around the Kitchen Table

Raising Future Leaders

Fenced in Family

Mama’s Coffee Shop

Suzy Q Designs

Beyond the Silver and the Gold – A Filipino Family’s Homeschool Journey

A Gallon of Learning

My Lord, Please Sanctuary Me

Our Best Daze

Homeschooling in Nova Scotia

What wonderful discoveries!


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