Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Ask The MOMS: What do you do with early risers?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Ask the MOMS

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15

We welcome questions from our readers.  We try to be as honest as possible when answering and try to give several different opinions because no one answer will work for everybody. We acknowledge that we do not have all the answers.  Here is a question from a mother of two who is expecting her third. If you have advice to share with this mom, please comment below.

“I’d love to see a blog post on what to do with kids who wake up early. My kids are early risers, and I’m dreading summer. Trying to come up with ideas. They are so awake and loud and this mommy is tired and weary. Especially being pregnant. Seems like it should be an easy solution, but I feel just overwhelmed and frustrated by it.” Laurel- Doylestown, PA Continue reading


Summer Schedule: Take Two

Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.  Ezekiel 19:10

By: Gretchen Speer

I first made a summer schedule three years ago.  I was almost 6 months pregnant with my fourth child and was a little anxious about having a 2, 4 and 7-year-old at home all day all summer!  Knowing that the “I’m bored!” declarations were soon coming and wanting my kids to retain the things they had learned in school I came up with this schedule.

It worked really well for us for that summer and the next two summers.  We followed it only when were were at home.  If we were out and about in the morning we would just hop right into it when we got home.  When I first made it I wasn’t sure if the kids would like having a schedule to follow, but my kids really seem to prefer to know how their day will be layed out.  I think it also helps the transition back into school in the fall.

Now that my kids are a few years older I decided to tweak it just a bit.  Here is what I came up with: Continue reading


The Inevitable

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and it’s leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.  Psalms 1:3 NASB

By: Gretchen Speer

I rearrange my furniture almost every week.  My husband left the living room for a few minutes tonight and when he came back everything was on the opposite side of the room from where it started.

Derek: “Why?”

Me:  “Why What?”

Derek:  “Why did you change it again?  I liked how it was!”

Me:  “Because I like change!  This is a creative outlet for me.”

Derek:  “I just want peace in here.”

My poor husband, I do like change.  I change my purse several times a week, even if I’m perfectly happy with the one I’m carrying.  Change is good; it’s a fresh start, a new adventure…right?

Right.  Well, Sometimes. Continue reading


Read Aloud Tips: Ideas to help your children deepen their understanding of stories

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it…” Prov. 16:21-22a

By: Dana Baran

In my last post, I talked about the power stories have and the vital role reading aloud with your children plays in their character development and spiritual formation.  Mosaic of Moms has partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes to help you stay accountable for reading with your child. But what power can reading aloud have if your child has trouble understanding the book? As a reading teacher, I spent a lot of time modeling and practicing comprehension strategies with my students. These are simple reading techniques that good readers do automatically, but that emerging readers need to see modeled. Who better to show them how to be a good reader than you?

Here are a few easy strategies to help your child deepen his or her understanding of the story: Continue reading


Reading: A Spiritual Experience

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Psalm 119:103-104 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

By: Dana Baran

I am passionate about reading. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a reader. Mom likes to tell people that I taught myself to read when I was four, and began reading chapter books around age six (lest you think I’m some sort of genius, let me assure you that my precociousness in this area was balanced out by struggles in others…namely math and spelling).  I have always been captivated by the power stories have –  to let us travel to faraway places and times, to give us adventures, to allow us to vicariously face dangers, and to give us fantastic friends we can visit again and again (I’m a fan of re-reading favorite books). Continue reading