Simply Rachel http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com ILLUSIONS OF A SUPERMOM: REVEALED Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:22:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 http://i0.wp.com/www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/untitled-1-of-12CIRCLE-CUT-OUT-551d2f08v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Simply Rachel http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com 32 32 Favorite Things Friday 14! http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/07/03/favorite-things-friday-14/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/07/03/favorite-things-friday-14/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:20:51 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4934 Welcome to Favorite Things Friday 14!

…No weekly recap this week as I’ve been taking full advantage of the warmer weather here in Germany (FINALLY)!  Goodness I love summer here!  Extended daylight hours and temperatures hot enough to get our little pool out (I love the SUN – what can I say)?!  😉  I do, however, have something really fun in the works!  I hope to complete it this week and have it ready to share with you next week!  Until then, here’s my feature pick for the week!

Favorite Things Friday #14!

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Remember, both myself and my co-host Rebecca will be visiting all the posts linked up and featuring one on EACH of our blogs and social media channels! We hope this link up helps each of you out and can’t wait to read your posts!


This week’s feature goes to… This Pilgrim Life!

This Pilgrim Life Feature - Simply RachelWith summer finally here, and as a mom with a backyard that bores me (and my children) to tears, there is so much that I love about this post, ‘Repurposed Mud Kitchen‘, by This Pilgrim Life! I could go into details but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you!  I will, however, leave you with this teaser:

  1. It reminds me of my childhood play-time
  2. Her repurposing is applauded
  3. Faux flower planting… LOVE
  4. Rock food = brilliance!  😉

Now hop on over to the post and see what the fuss is about!  I’m sure it will inspire some outdoor fun for your kiddos!

 

You can also findThis Pilgrim Life‘ on Facebook and Pinterest!

**Make sure to check over at Hip Homeschooling to see her featured pick!**


 

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The Rules 1. ***Before you start*** Put a link back or button in the bottom of the post you are linking up (or sidebar if you are using a button). If we don’t see a link you will not be eligible to be featured so this step is important(And I WANT to feature you!) Friends, we ask that you play fare! A party’s not a party if we’re not helping each other out! It is our goal for you to get as much exposure as we can give you! We ask for a tiny link-back in return. 

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2. Link up to two posts below. Anything family friendly is welcome. Recipes, blogger posts, parenting, homeschooling, crafts and DIY!  You name it!  (Just keep it G rated.)  😉 3. Visit a few other posts that interest you! We want to make this link up worthwhile for you to come and visit each week, this means we ALL want to see some traffic from it. So be a good sport and find out what your fellow bloggers have been up to! 4. Check in every Friday to see if you were featured on either of our blogs! If you were featured, grab your button below!

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Weekly Recap & Favorite Things Friday 13! http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/26/weekly-recap-favorite-things-friday-14/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/26/weekly-recap-favorite-things-friday-14/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:42:28 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4899 Thanks for joining me for another Weekly Recap & Favorite Things Friday #13!

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I’m convinced that I’m in a summer time-warp where days are minutes and minutes are seconds.  WHERE is the time going?!  😉

Just a few things I was up to this week:

#ETHANproject - Simply RachelWe celebrated my son’s birthday with some close friends (and yummy, homemade cupcakes – Enjoying the Flavor for week 3 of the #ETHANproject challenge)!  LOVE that little birthday boy!! We had such a great time celebrating all that he means to us!

 

 

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Don’t Sink The Boat!

A fun (perfect for summer) science experiment for young kids!

 

 

 

 

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We were also fortunate to explore Castles at one of the coolest castle ruins with underground tunnels!  I managed to reach the highest point on the grounds to stop and enjoy the view for week 2 of the #ETHANproject challenge.

 

 

Moving on to my feature pick of the week…


Remember, both myself and my co-host Rebecca will be visiting all the posts linked up and featuring one on EACH of our blogs and social media channels! We hope this link up helps each of you out and can’t wait to read your posts!


This week’s feature goes to… Wondermom Wannabe!

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Have you ever had fried Ice-cream?! I haven’t!  But now I don’t have to because Wondermom Wannabe has come up with a drool-worthy (and EASY) recipe to replace it!  Check out her post, ‘Crunchy Unfried Ice Cream‘!  If you love Ice-cream, you’ll definitely want to pin this post!

 

You can also findWondermom Wannabe on Facebook!

**Make sure to check over at Hip Homeschooling to see her featured pick!**


 

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The Rules 1. ***Before you start*** Put a link back or button in the bottom of the post you are linking up (or sidebar if you are using a button). If we don’t see a link you will not be eligible to be featured so this step is important(And I WANT to feature you!) Friends, we ask that you play fare! A party’s not a party if we’re not helping each other out! It is our goal for you to get as much exposure as we can give you! We ask for a tiny link-back in return. 

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2. Link up to two posts below. Anything family friendly is welcome. Recipes, blogger posts, parenting, homeschooling, crafts and DIY!  You name it!  (Just keep it G rated.)  😉 3. Visit a few other posts that interest you! We want to make this link up worthwhile for you to come and visit each week, this means we ALL want to see some traffic from it. So be a good sport and find out what your fellow bloggers have been up to! 4. Check in every Friday to see if you were featured on either of our blogs! If you were featured, grab your button below!

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Exploring Castles http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/24/exploring-castles/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/24/exploring-castles/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:28:24 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4843 We’re well into this month’s Mother Goose Time theme, The Alphabet House, and are loving it!  And then… I saw that we would have a day devoted to Exploring Castles!  Eeek!  So excited!

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You see, we are currently living in Germany – where castles are abundant!  What better excuse to go explore another one?  AND because Mother Goose Time is so easy to pick-up and teach anywhere, I decided to teach our lesson ON the castle grounds!

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Our adventure started trying to get there!  We quickly realized that we had to take a ferry over the river to get to the side where the castle was.  We had discussed boats earlier in the week, so this was a nice way to introduce yet another type of boat.

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We chose Rheinfels Castle due to the sheer size of the ruins, as well the labyrinth of trenches and tunnels. We had heard rave reviews about it and came prepared with walkie-talkies and head lamps.  The kiddos were so excited they could barely contain themselves (and I must admit, Momma was, too)!

Upon arrival we discussed Castle Names and had fun trying to name our own imaginary castles!  We then discussed ruins and different types of castles. We walked along the grounds, exploring what it had to offer above ground.

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Next, we discussed who might live in castles.  We talked a bit about crowns and jewels, and then moved on to the topic of defense and how one might protect the castle.

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We then reviewed the different materials that homes are made of (for comparison), and next discussed different materials castles are made out of and why.

Next we made our way to the highest portion of the grounds and enjoyed the breathtaking view.

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We decided to take a short stop on the grounds to fill our bellies.  I took this time to discuss what scary things one may find in a castle.  We spoke a little about Dragon’s dens and how many believe there once was one at the Wawel Castle in Poland. They didn’t seem phased (as you can see from the pictures) but I reassured them there were none were we were.   …Now to explore some tunnels!

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We warmed up our adventurous side by starting off in the above-ground tunnels.  This was so much fun (and surprisingly dark for being above-ground)!

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After getting a little taste of what we were in for, we were ready to take on the under-ground tunnels.  Here we go…

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These tunnels were CRAZY dark!  There were lots of windy staircases, narrowing pathways with lowered heights, and lots of twists & turns!

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We made the mistake of shining our light on the walls… only to find a plethora of slugs, spiders, and spider sacs surrounding us – to our sides and over-head.  Friends, I made the mistake of being in flip-flops!  Note to self: Think ahead next time!

As much as I wanted to haul booty out of there, the kiddos (with the help of my brave husband and our awesome cousin) collected slugs to observe.

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We bravely endured the rest of the labyrinth and managed to find our way out!  It was so much fun, yet a bit scary (Though I think Momma was the only one scared!)

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Once we got to light, the kiddos were stoked to stop and check out their slugs.

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We found this beautiful location to stop and do some work (aka – Mother Goose Time FUN).

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We reviewed things previously discussed, then played some fun castle games and got our ‘craft’ on!  The kids particularly loved creating their own crowns and wearing them at the castle! (Not to mention that we got quite a bit of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ from people passing by!

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What a wonderful day with my little Princess and Princes – and Mother Goose Time!

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*We released the slugs before leaving for home.*

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Don’t Sink The Boat – Science Experiment http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/22/dont-sink-the-boat-science-experiment/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/22/dont-sink-the-boat-science-experiment/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:22:11 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4797 We recently completed this fun science experiment that’s perfect for summer time!  Who doesn’t like playing with water in the heat?

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Don’t Sink The Boat

As we’ve moved into this month’s theme, The Alphabet House, with Mother Goose Time week 1, we’ve learned all about Homes, Apartments, RVs & Hotels, Houseboats, & Castles!  One of our favorite activities of the week was this fun science experiment, Don’t Sink The Boat!

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Supplies:

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Coins
  • Tub of Water
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Predict: How many coins can a foil boat hold before it sinks?

1. Shape the foil into a boat that will float on the water and hold coins.

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2. Float it in the water and start adding coins one at a time.

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3. When the boat sinks, take it out of the water and count the coins.

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4. Redesign the boat to try to hold more coins, then test again.

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Record: Record the results by drawing pictures of the boats and the coins each held.


 

We really enjoyed this experiment!  We learned about weight distribution (spreading our coins out was better than centering all the weight in the middle), that size matters (we had better luck with smaller boats than very wide, flat ones), and that it’s best to have higher edges to help keep water from coming on board and sinking the boat sooner!

If you try this I’d love to see pictures and hear about your findings!

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Weekly Recap & Favorite Things Friday 12 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/19/weekly-recap-favorite-things-friday-12/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/19/weekly-recap-favorite-things-friday-12/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:33:55 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4822 Thanks for joining me for another Weekly Recap & Favorite Things Friday #12!

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This week has FLOWN by!  I still haven’t figured out how it’s already FRIDAY?!  I guess what ‘they’ say is true!  Time flies when you’re having fun!  (Too much fun, maybe?  ha!)

ETHANproject - Simply RachelThis week was week 2 in the #ETHANproject challenge: Enjoy the View!  …And boy have I!  So much so that I haven’t even had the chance to blog about it!  Ha! But please don’t take my silence as me not participating! It’s actually the very opposite. I’m out there living it up!  We visited an AMAZING castle full of ruins and underground tunnels!  We then went to a local (German) fasanerie full of animals and playgrounds!  I was able to capture an up-close image of a breathtaking peacock.  I’m excited to share it all with you in an actual post – coming soon!  What did you do to enjoy the view this week?

Also this past week: Friends ask Friday - Simply RachelFriends ask Friday! This was segment #4 featuring Georgiana Teohari Vidican! A professional pianist with a fascinating story!  I you appreciate classical music and history, you WON’T want to miss this!

 

 

 

Moving on to my feature pick of the week…


Remember, both myself and my co-host Rebecca will be visiting all the posts linked up and featuring one on EACH of our blogs and social media channels! We hope this link up helps each of you out and can’t wait to read your posts!


This week’s feature goes to… Simply Diligent!

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Do you ever get overwhelmed and plain TIRED of making dinner decisions?  Or not having a grocery shopping list on-hand?  Or having no clue what you will make for dinner… only to find out that you don’t even have what you need at home? I know I do!!! Simply Diligent has a fantastic system set-up to help all of us get past this predicament! Check out her post, “Ditch the Dinner Decisions this Summer!” If you struggle as I do You will love it! If not, you may still get a few new ideas!  It’s definitely worth the read!

You can also findSimply Diligent on Facebook and Pinterest!

**Make sure to check over at Hip Homeschooling to see her featured pick!**


 

Ready for your turn to link up to ‘Favorite Things Friday’?

The Rules 1. ***Before you start*** Put a link back or button in the bottom of the post you are linking up (or sidebar if you are using a button). If we don’t see a link you will not be eligible to be featured so this step is important(And I WANT to feature you!) Friends, we ask that you play fare! A party’s not a party if we’re not helping each other out! It is our goal for you to get as much exposure as we can give you! We ask for a tiny link-back in return. 

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2. Link up to two posts below. Anything family friendly is welcome. Recipes, blogger posts, parenting, homeschooling, crafts and DIY!  You name it!  (Just keep it G rated.)  😉 3. Visit a few other posts that interest you! We want to make this link up worthwhile for you to come and visit each week, this means we ALL want to see some traffic from it. So be a good sport and find out what your fellow bloggers have been up to! 4. Check in every Friday to see if you were featured on either of our blogs! If you were featured, grab your button below!

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Friends ask Friday #4 – Featuring Georgiana Teohari Vidican http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/12/friends-ask-friday-4/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/12/friends-ask-friday-4/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4647 Welcome back to Friends ask Friday! I am BEYOND excited to share today’s feature with you (and truly, I feel honored to be able to feature her!) She is not a blogger, but a…

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These were the questions submitted this week:

Friends ask Friday #4

1.  Stacy asks:

I read your ‘You are not alone’ article and then saw on one of your social media sites (I don’t remember which one) that you are currently using Essential Oils to treat it.  What exactly are you using and did you ever go back to get your numbers retested?

You are Not Alone - Simply RachelStacy, I DO use Essential Oils and LOVE them!  Please note that they are therapeutic grade, though.  It is imperative to use high quality Essential Oils.  I am currently using Peppermint, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lemon Grass, and Clove by DoTerra.  Young Living is another brand that is great quality.  I apply a few drops of each, 2-3 times per day, diluting as recommended with a carrier oil and layering them directly over my thyroid.  I have an appointment to retest my levels but the appointment isn’t until mid July.  My energy levels are a lot more balanced, I’m sleeping much better, and my cycles have drastically… normalized!!! (This is HUGE for me!)  I’ll be happy to share more in a PM if you’d like to know more!  I’m always happy to help!

2. Amy asks:

I just love your blog!  I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a while now but haven’t quite made that leap because of time concerns.  I’m just curious how much time you put into blogging.

Grow your blog - Simply RachelAmy, Thank you so much for your kind words!  I love getting reader feedback so that just put a huge grin on my face! Before you are ready to commit and start blogging I would ask yourself why?  Pin point the reason behind it and it will help guide you in your process and expectations.  You can put as little or as much into blogging as you’d like.  BUT,  I will say that for me it is very time consuming.  It is basically a full time job.  However; my goal IS to make it a career.  At least that’s the goal as of now!  😉  A great article that I’ve been referring to recently is by Grounded & Surrounded.  You can find it here. On the other hand, if your desire is to blog as a hobby, you can blog as little or as much as you’d like!  I say go for it!

This week’s feature!


As mentioned in previous weeks, I wanted to take Friday as an opportunity to feature other bloggers, and even readers such as yourself!  
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 Meet: 

Georgiana Teohari Vidican

Friends ask Friday - Simply RachelPlaying the piano beautifully is not one “mouse click” away. It requires patience, perseverance, a strong will, and the desire to be better than you were two minutes ago.            

 – Georgiana Teohari Vidican

Simply Rachel:

I truly feel incredibly blessed to have met you, nevertheless TRAIN under you!!  (For those of you that don’t know, my boys and I have been taking lessons from Georgiana for about 1 year now. I am BEYOND excited to introduce her to all of you)!  Though growing up around the piano, your talent and professionalism leaves me speechless, and your story is fascinating!

Give us a little insight into what it was like growing up as ‘Georgiana’. How has music influenced your life, and from what age?

Georgiana:

Friends ask Friday - Simply RachelI was born in Arad – A city in the west part of Romania. For the first 10 years of my life I lived in communistic country led by dictatorship. Those first years had a huge impact on my perspective of life. In those times I discovered the piano, and it was an escape from all the ugliness that was around me. My parents (father a professional violinist & member of a symphonic orchestra, and my mother a math teacher) were trying to make my childhood as beautiful as possible… but when you have food rationalized and the electricity only two hours a day… and the warm water only one hour a day in the evening and sometimes only on weekends… and you know that no matter what career your child will have, he or she will never be able to leave Romania because one was not allowed to have a passport… Well, as a parent when you live all these things it’s hard to find a way to make your child happy. We had no TV channels. My only entertainment was reading, playing outside with the other kids, and playing the piano. My parents put me in piano classes at the age of 6 1/2, and after I passed an aptitude exam, I was excepted into a program for children with musical talent.

SR: 

What inspired you to pursue music?

GV:

 

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In the first years of playing the piano, music was the equivalence of happiness for me. I could dream while playing the piano about the places/countries that I learned in geography and, in that time, I was sure that I will never be able to see those places. Every day it was a competition with me to get better and better. When I was eight I was invited to perform as a soloist with the professionals symphonic orchestra in one of the most beautiful concert halls in Romania. That is when I realized that I love to be on stage. That I loved to share the music that I was playing with other people. That all the hours I spent practicing the same measure over and over again were totally worth it.

 

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After the fall of the communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, I was finally able to travel! After my parents took me to Germany to play for one of the most important pianist and professors in Berlin and I’ve got my international recognition, I knew that this is something that I have to do for the rest of my life.

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SR:

More and more schools are receiving funding cuts for ‘ART’ programs – music being lumped into that category. How do you feel about that and why?

GV:

Ever since I was a little kid (and now even more as an adult since I understand the exact meaning of it) the expression “child prodigy” is something I totally hated. It was the label that people put on me, although they had no idea how hard I worked for the few minutes that I was on stage playing beautifully. Every child has a certain inclination and it’s the teacher’s role to discover it. If the child has no access to art in school, how are you going to know if he or she has the potential to become a great artist, for example? As a musician and a piano teacher I can only say that music should play a very important role in every child’s education.

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  • Music is math- If you don’t understand the rhythm exactly it’s like saying that 1+1=1.99.
  • Music is history- After the annoying process of learning the music alphabet, the notes, you start playing original compositions written by important composers. When you play Beethoven you need to know exactly when he wrote the piece. In which century? In which country? Were there any political major conflicts in those times, like a war or revolution that inspired him to write it? Or was it for a special occasion, like the crowning of royalty?

It’s not just notes! If you understand what you’re playing, only then you can send an accurate message to your public. Playing an instrument is also related to sports. Except for opera singers, have you seen an overweight pianist or violinist? After practicing for hours or being on stage, you feel like you’ve run a marathon. An important role is also the diet: you cannot expect to perform with a full stomach or after you eat or drink something that makes you tired. This diet discipline was built in time by my parents and my piano teacher and it plays a very important role in every day life, too. Music is a very complex subject and all children should have the possibility to experience it, even if just for a little time. Learning an instrument teaches you to have patience and to persevere. The results can be beautiful! Not just for you but also for the people who listen to you playing.

SR:

What advice would you give parents that aren’t quite ready to commit their children to a music program?

GV:

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I know that providing music lessons, private piano lessons or a different instrument lessons, can be very expensive. In my opinion if the school doesn’t provide music for the children, the parents should invest in offering the child just a little contact with this beautiful art. I strongly believe that it can only help the child and not harm him!

SR:

How do you feel children can benefit from music knowledge in their daily life?

GV: 

In their daily life as children, if they have contact with music every day, they have contact with a different universe. Every song, every piece of music is saying a different story. The impact is even stronger if they are the ones that play the music and not just listen to it, and that is why learning an instrument is so important. The child’s imagination is stimulated by playing beautiful sounds. You can either get into the world that the song presents, or create your own world in your mind. I always encourage my students to come up with their own story regarding a certain melody that they’re learning. It’s like a theater play, with characters, and conflicts, and all kinds of scenes… Later on, in their adult life, the children who had musical experience can benefit in so many ways! I once read that a racecar pilot in one of his interviews said how much it helped taking piano lessons as a child and learning to coordinate the legs with his hands when he was only 6! If you experienced playing on stage as a child, you practice public appearance and you will be less stressed about giving a speech or presenting your case in court as a lawyer or prosecutor. I know three surgeons who took piano lessons when they were children, and all three of them recognize how important it was to learn how to play correctly, to try to avoid pressing the wrong key, to follow the notes and learn the discipline of reading the text. And if you reach a high level in your career, it doesn’t matter what career it is, and you receive an invitation to a symphony orchestra concert, is important to know that you can only clap at the end and not in between the movements of the piece… or you will be the only one clapping!  :) This, too, is something that you learn in music classes.

SR:

I am a HUGE fan of yours and am in awe of all that you have and continue to accomplish!  To my readers, there is still so much more to her story that I did not have time to cover!  I’m thinking an encore feature sounds good!  Georgiana, again, I am so thankful to have met you and to have the opportunity to study under you!  Thank you for taking the time to reach out to my readers, and for sharing your incredible journey and your valued opinions with us!  I hope to have you back soon!


 

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Georgiana Alina Teohari-Teohari was born in Arad, a city in the west of Romania. With a native musical inclination and a tendency toward exact sciences, the former from her father who is a professional violinist and the latter from her mother who is a mathematics teacher, it is no wonder that Georgiana showed a keen interest in music at an early age. After long years of censorship due to the Romanian communistic regime, in 1989, the artistic life in Romania was enriched by the creation of several national musical competitions. Every year from then on, Georgiana’s participation in most of them, but also in International Piano Competitions, was finalized with the winning of numerous prizes all over Europe.

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In 2003, she graduated with the highest grade from West University of Timisoara, Music Department, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree as a Concert Pianist, class of Prof. Dr. Felicia Stancovici. She graduated the Hochschule fur Musik un Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, in 2007, class of Prof. Paul Dan, in specialty “Postgraduale studium-Kammermusik fur Pianisten”.

Georgiana has performed piano recitals in Europe (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland), and also in the United States (New York and Los Angeles), and as a soloist with famous Romanian orchestras.

Friends ask Friday - Simply RachelA constant stage presence brought her the public’s love and appreciation in her country-Romania, especially among children. At the age of 19, parallel with university studies, she accepted a piano teaching position at “Sabin Dragoi” School of Arts-Arad, Romania. In 2003 Georgiana obtained tenure as an assistant professor at the Music Department-West University Timisoara, Romania. One year later, she married and moved to Germany. As a spouse of a member of the American Armed Forces, Georgiana was welcomed into the American military community where she is now teaching students in American Installations. She offered her musical service to the US Army and was honored to perform for different events, in solo recitals, but also alongside with her father, Marius Teohari, a Romanian classical violinist.

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This Week’s Recap and Favorite Things Friday 11 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/12/favorite-things-friday-11/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/12/favorite-things-friday-11/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 06:00:17 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4681 It’s another ‘Favorite Things Friday’… #11!

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I’ve been swamped this week between schooling and blogging, so I’ll make this short and sweet!  Here’s what I’ve been up to since last Friday!

My new Segment: Friends ask Friday! This was segment #3 featuring Hip Homeschooling! A behind the scene scoop on the blogger, Rebecca, behind her blog – and an intro to what Hip Homeschooling is all about and what you can expect to find there!  If you missed it, go check out this very resourceful post!

 

 

Completing Week #1 In the Midst of Chaos!  If you aren’t yet a part of the #ETHANproject… You should be!!!  Check out this post to learn more about the #ETHANproject & to see how I completed week 1: Enjoying Friendship!  While you’re at it, join the challenge with me!!

 

 

 

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Garden Themed Investigation Stations!  This is a perfect little post for anyone with preschoolers, or even young elementary aged children!

 

 

 

 

Alphabet House - Simply RachelThe Alphabet House with Mother Goose Time!  We’re (mostly) finishing up with our Growing Gardens Theme and ready to share with you what we are up to now!

 

 

 

 

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Early Explorers first month traveler kit REVIEW!  A lot of my readers were asking for this, so be sure to check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

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This week’s feature goes to… More with Less Mom!

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In a ‘me, me, me’ society, it’s refreshing to come upon a post about Acts of Kindness!  More with Less Mom has done a great job coming up with an extensive list of ways to actively show kindness in her post, “Spring Acts of Kindness for your Kids!”  And she’s even offering free printables!  I’m excited to give these a try with my children!

Be sure to check out this post!  You’ll love it!

You can also find ‘More with Less Mom on Facebook and Pinterest!

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‘Early Explorers’ by Little Passports: Review http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/11/early-explorers-by-little-passports-review/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4354 We LOVE Little Passports in our home!   So much so that when I read they had a new adventure pack, Early Explorers, geared toward ages 3-5 years – I knew I had to get my hands on it!

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‘Early Explorers’ First Month Traveler Kit: REVIEW

I know that many of you have asked about Little Passports and today I’m thrilled to be able to share with you my initial impression of their new Adventure Package – Early Explorers!

Little Passports - Simply RachelJust as with the World Edition‘s first month Explorer Kit, Early Explorer’s first month Traveler Kit comes with a cute, fun suit case – ready to be ‘stamped’ and ‘tagged’!  My boys absolutely love their bright blue suitcases from their World Edition, so my daughter was thrilled to have her very own fun, orange suitcase!

 

 

 

Early Explorers - Simply RachelAlong with a suitcase we received a Luggage Tag, Snapshot Wall Decal, Character Stickers, and 2 more sheets of stickers – one ‘passport’ sticker sheet and one ‘luggage’ sticker sheet!  My daughter LOVES stickers! She lit up with excitement as she added her first few stickers to her luggage exterior!  Next we tagged her Luggage and immediately looked like seasoned traveler!

 

 

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Next, we received a 20 page activity book – AKA: Passport!  (Guestimating) Around 5,5″ wide x 8″ tall, the size is perfect for little hands!  Pages include activities such as a nature maze, tracing shapes, and sequencing.  The images are playful and full of brightly colors!  My daughter definitely gravitated toward this little booklet.

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Lastly, included was a large wall-sized World Map!  This cheery map labels all the continents & oceans, as well as highlights famous landmarks and depicts animals native to the region. This is a great intro map for little ones!  The colors are fun and inviting and the map is simplified and age-appropriate!

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We love our Early Explorers intro kit and look forward to our monthly kits!

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The Alphabet House http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/10/alphabet-house/ Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4601 Visit The Alphabet House with Mother Goose Time!

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I just love thematic learning!  Every month our Mother Goose Time theme changes… continually keeping minds fresh, excited, and ready to learn! Last month we wrapped up the ‘Growing Gardens‘ theme and have now moved on to The Alphabet House!  (Well, sort of…  We love Growing Gardens so much that we are incorporating it into our Alphabet House lessons!)  If you haven’t read previous posts and are new to Mother Goose Time, I highly recommend you check out this post to read more about what comes with the program and how it works!

Take a look at what’s in store for us this month!

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We have already completed ‘Week 1 – Places We Live’ and have loved learning about:

  • Homes
  • Apartments
  • Mobile Homes (and hotels)
  • Houseboats
  • Castles

What we’ve discussed thus far:

  • What is your address?
  • Who lives in your house?
  • What would you use to build a house?
  • What does your house look like?
  • What is the tallest building you have seen?
  • Why do you think there are many apartment buildings in big cities?
  • What would you like about living in a tall building?
  • Apartments can have many stairs.  How many stairs do you think you could climb without resting?
  • What shapes can you see in your house or building?
  • Why do cars or RVs sometimes have to stop?
  • What do you do before you go to bed?  What helps you fall asleep?
  • What things would you have on your dream home?  Would it have wheels?  A slide or swimming pool in your room?  What else?
  • What shape is your home?
  • What would you bring with you if you went to live on a boat?  What would you leave behind?
  • What could be dangerous about living on a houseboat?
  • What could be fun about living on a boat?
  • What would you name a castle if you lived in one?
  • Would you rather build a castle with wood or rocks?  Why?
  • Who else lives in a castle?
  • What scary things might you find in a castle?

Just a few of our Highlights for the week:

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After discussing our address we painted paper house cut-outs and wrote our house number on the paper.  We then shared with each other what we found special about our home.  Love was top on our list!

 

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We love our monthly theme posters and look forward to the new one every month!  We looked through our looking glass to find different objects on it, and read the questions on the back of the ‘glass’, referring back to the poster to help with our answers.

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(LOVED this activity!)  I folded a piece of paper in half to create two equal sections, then labeled one section with a 2 and the other with a 20.  I asked my children to pretend the blocks were houses (or apartments) and to put the matching amount on each section. Take note on the different ideas your child will use to try to fit 20 blocks in one space! I then explained that many people want to live in a city. By stacking homes like in an apartment building, there is more space.

Block Area Investigation Station: Floor Plan

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I drew a few simple floor plans of a house. I then put the drawings in the block station and invited my children to recreate them with blocks.  (My kids loved this so much I had to draw extra ‘floor plans’ to prevent fighting).


There is so much more to come!  I’m going to highlight 2 additional days as separate posts because I loved them so much – and this is just week 1 of ‘The Alphabet House’!  Friends, make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss what’s to come!

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Garden Themed Investigation Stations http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/09/garden-themed-investigation-stations/ http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/2015/06/09/garden-themed-investigation-stations/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:41:50 +0000 http://www.simplyrachelbyrachel.com/?p=4555 We’re nearing a close on this month’s Growing Gardens theme by Mother Goose Time, but I couldn’t let it pass without sharing another aspect that I absolutely LOVE about this program.  The Garden Themed Investigation Stations.

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If you’ve missed my previous Mother Goose Time posts, here’s a quick recap!  Just click on any of the images below!


 

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I’ve REALLY enjoyed this theme!  So much so that I will be incorporating it into our new theme, The Alphabet House (which I am also super excited about)!  By now you all know that I adore Mother Goose Time.  Most of everything one needs is provided into daily bags, which is perfect for mothers like myself who don’t have a lot of time for prep. But before I get too carried away, I MUST share with you another one of my favorite aspects about this program.  Monthly themed Investigation Stations!

Toward the front of every month’s Teacher Guide are two pages full of Investigation Station suggestions, broken into station categories:

  • Sensory
  • Technology
  • Dramatic Play
  • Library
  • Block Area
  • Manipulative
  • Outdoors
  • Art
  • Math
  • Writing
Today I’m going to share 5 of the 20 suggestions given!

Manipulative:  Peeling Carrots

Peeling Carrots - Simply RachelSet out hand-held carrot peelers and a collection of potatoes and carrots. Demonstrate how to safely peel a carrot then invite a child to try with supervision. (You may wish to add additional veggies, as I did!  Feel free to go for it!)

 

Peeling Carrots - Simply RachelWho would have thought something as simple as peeling vegetables would be such a big hit?!  And frankly, I was a bit surprised that I hadn’t thought of doing it before!  lol.  My children felt so grown up and had such a fun time!  They snacked on their freshly peeled carrots and after we decided to peel a large batch of potatoes and we made mashed potatoes  together!  It was such a fun learning experience!

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Outdoors:  Potato Friends

Potato Friends - Simply RachelChildren mold play dough into a potato shape then search the outdoor area for grass, twigs, pebbles, or other item to add features to their potato friend.

We loved this!  I opted to make homemade play dough and threw in cocoa powder to give it a potato color (I may have gone a tad overboard.  ha!) My daughter enjoyed creating crumbly baby potatoes while my boys got creative and started creating alien, one-eyed potatoes!  lol.  

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I love inspiring creativity and watching them run with it!

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Art:  Bean Art

Bean Art - Simply RachelDraw outlines of different shapes on pieces of paper (or have children draw their own shapes). Set out various types of dried beans and glue. Children fill the shapes with a bean mosaic of their design.

I drew my daughter’s circle and had my older two children draw their own shapes.  As my daughter played with the beans as a sensory activity, I discussed with my boys different measurements of weight.  We discussed ounces and pounds, and noted & compared the difference in how heavy their papers got as they added more beans to their art.  This would be the perfect time to pull out your kitchen scale!  

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Next, they all had a blast dumping the beans and going crazy with the glue!

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Math:  How Many Peas?

How many peas - Simply RachelSet out green play dough (or homemade fondant if you’d like to make this edible as I did!) and a bowl of small, round manipulatives or beads. Children make a pea pod out of the play dough. Pretend beads are peas. Roll a die, then place that many ‘peas’ in the ‘pod’.

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This is such a great activity to simplify or challenge!  For a challenge I mixed it up a bit, so here goes my version:  

Using homemade fondant, I had my children (with help if needed) create their pea pod and peas.  We had previously read the book ‘Little Green Peas‘ and I left the book out for them to reference as they made their peas and pea pods. I gave them each a laminated piece of paper and whiteboard (erasable) marker.  We took turns rolling die.  Whatever number landed they would count, then add that many peas to the pod.  They would then write that number down and roll again.  They’d then count the new number from the die, write it down, and subtract it from the previous number.  To help the process (and to visualize) they would remove that many peas as they subtracted.  If they did not have enough to subtract, they would add to it and subtract the next turn. (As an added bonus I would allow them to eat the subtracted peas every few turns!)  

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Writing:  Vine Tracing

Vine Tracing - Simply RachelDraw various vine shapes on pieces of paper and put them in page protectors (or laminate, as I did). Children trace the vines with erasable markers.  Set out paper for them to draw their own vine designs and add tomatoes if desired.

We loved this!  My daughter had fun focusing on tracing the lines, and then she went a little wild!  ha!  My middle child drew lots of little tomatoes, while my older son drew larger ones on a wider vine!  …So cute watching different interpretations!

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Make sure to stick around for more Growing Gardens AND Alphabet House posts!  What can I say? We LOVE Mother Goose Time!

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