Give Your Kids A Reason to Rhyme

Poetry may give you flashbacks to high school English, but it makes language exciting for kids.  It is imaginative and kids love rhyming.  They gravitate toward it.  You can make a poet out of your child.  Truly.  Here’s how.


Pick poems kids can appreciate.

Your child will get the most out of a poem that’s right for her age.  Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein are great for young kids because of their wacky rhymes! They can also make songs out of their poems.  You can buy them a musical instrument of their choice at the lowest price and watch them transform their poem into a musical masterpiece.

Notice the sounds.

Kids love rhythm, so show your child if there is a lot of repetition of one letter, or if the poem rhymes.

Talk about the ideas.

Ask “What are you picturing in your mind?” or “Does anything not make sense?” to help your child explore the poem’s meaning.

Leave it open to interpretation.

A poem is not a test or puzzle.  It means whatever the listener thinks it means.  So ask what your child thinks and offer your own ideas.


Random Reasons Why I Am Grinning Ear To Ear!

It’s officially summer!

And that is not the only reason I am grinning ear to ear.

Here are the other reasons:

I will be looking for the perfect summer getaway.

Way back (way, waaay back!) when I was a little kid, I used to spend my summer in this lovely beach at my father’s hometown at Santiago, Ilocos Sur. We used to have the beach to ourselves, but , of course, tourism got in the way and now, it is being developed into a Santorini-inspired resort.

Santiago Cove

I can’t get enough of Halo-halo, gelato and Ice cream.

I tried hard to stick to my diet (o.k, I lost.) and my workout, but seeing my favorite cold desserts, all over the place, always makes me happy!


I will be looking forward to a formal get-together with old friends.

I have not seen my old high school friends in a long while, and we are planning to meet up.  Here is the deal though.  We are planning on a formal gathering, to make us feel glamorous and sosyal for just a night.  No worries though.  I have been looking around and found a wide selection of gowns made available online only at ZALORA!  I am so excited!

Beautiful Gowns

I will be shoeless!

I live in Baguio City, which can be cold most days of the year.  It would be liberating to get rid of my shoes and go shoeless! Nah!  Sandals and flip-flops will do!


5 Ways to Make Every Day Rock!

1.  Do at least one thing every day that makes your heart sing!


2. If you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, don’t just whistle, but sing or even dance while you work (this is how I get through a sinkful of dishes.


3. Set your alarm to play a get-up-and-go or you-can-do-it song for blah tasks that you have to do, like wake up early (I’m so not a cheery morning person.

4. Share a song!  When I hear a tune that reminds me of a pal or what she is going through, I send her the mp3 or text her and tell her I am thinking about her.  It makes my day better knowing I’ve made hers!


5. Sing in the shower – or any place you can be completely yourself.  It does your soul good to be silly, off-key and totally pressure-and judgment free! It is perfect if it can be rme enhanced, too…