Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

Family Art ~ Arte de las familias

  Spring Family Literacy Parties ~ Las fiestas de la primavera para familias By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Thanks to the families who participate in our Family Literacy Parties. Our participants vary in age from babies to grandparents. We always bring three things to our Family Literacy Parties – books, an art project and a … Continue reading »

The Whisper

The Whisper

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski Inspirational Art and Story By Connie Goldin, LMFT The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski is one of the most beautiful children’s books I have ever seen. It is about a young girl who borrows a magic book from her teacher and spends the night creating stories for a book without words, … Continue reading »

Rainbow Fish Art

Rainbow Fish Art

  Exploring The Rainbow Fish Through Art   By Connie Goldin, LMFT   The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and J Alison James is a classic children’s book, loved by all age groups, that tells the importance of sharing with others. The Rainbow Fish is a beautiful creature, with glittery scales that shimmer and dazzle … Continue reading »

Holiday Art

Holiday Art

Holiday Art, 2014 Celebrating the Season! Enjoy the artwork from Family Literacy Parties this past month. Children from preschool age through high school participated, and a mom contributed to the gallery, too. We brought tons of supplies from foam art cut- outs to traditional watercolors. Everyone loves a touch of glitter, now and then. We had it … Continue reading »

California Readin’

California Readin’

California Readin’ Fun books on our state for kids of all ages!   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   This spring, Mom to Madre has been exploring California. We’ve learned about the state symbols, icons, and history. Here are some delightful books for children of various ages. The first three books are for younger children … Continue reading »

Bugs, Blooms, & Butterflies

Bugs, Blooms, & Butterflies

May Art & Literacy ~ April Showers Brought May Flowers & Books! By Connie Goldin We are looking forward to our May Family Literacy Parties, which are all happening at the end of this month. It’s a perfect time to explore what’s happening in nature, now. In San Diego, the butterflies are out. Soon there … Continue reading »

Eureka! ~ ¡Eureka!

Eureka! ~ ¡Eureka!

Our State Symbols~ Los símbolos de nuestro estado   Our State Icons ~ Los iconos de nuestro estado California Our State ~ Nuestro estado   By Connie Goldin California is a wonderful state. Our state motto, “Eureka” is Greek for “I have found it,”  in reference to finding gold in California. However, I imagine the … Continue reading »

Nature’s Dyes for Eggs

Nature’s Dyes for Eggs

Make Your Own Dyes Create beautiful eggs with your kids!   By Connie Goldin, MA, MFT   You can make lovely colors for your Easter eggs from vegetables. You can also dye natural fabrics, such as wool, cotton, and linen. I first tried doing this activity when my sons were six and four years-old, twenty-five … Continue reading »

Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart

Valentine’s Day Art Gallery From our Valentine’s Day Family Parties   By Connie Goldin Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Art Our Family Literacy Parties are so much fun. Within one hour, children choose a book to have as their own, do an art project, have a snack, and catch up on the news with friends. Parents … Continue reading »

Accidental Print Making

Accidental Print Making

Using paper plates to make designs   By Connie Goldin   Materials—-Kids, Paper Plates, Glitter Glue, Paper Technique 1. Squish a bunch of glitter glue on plate. 2. Ponder next step. 3. Smash glue with a clean paper plate. 4. Peel off. You’ve made a duplicate! 5. Press duplicate plate on clean piece of paper. … Continue reading »