Commonwealth aka:Mom School Homeschool Cooperative
Introducing A NEW FAMILY COMMONWEALTH HOME SCHOOL COOPERATIVE of THE CLASSICAL LIBERAL ARTS Serving SW Florida Catch the Vision! Beginning with our great grandchildren in mind…
We create a self-reliant, Liber learning community that inspires disciplined instruction in the Classical Liberal Arts, cultivating a liber mindset. From which character lessons founded in truth, virtue and discovery of life’s purpose will sustain and lead future generations.
Raising children through the science and phases of natural human development and multiple intelligence engagement, the same training as that of history’s most thoughtful contributors, we train their minds and hearts to be adept at contemplative thinking and critical analysis before rendering judgment on the issues they will face.
We realize our legacy as we send our grown children into the world as citizens and statesmen who will be prepared to take up positions of leadership in their families, communities and country.
A natural outgrowth of this education is the development of the
Six Character Traits of a Statesman:
Virtue-Wisdom-Diplomacy-Courage-The ability to Inspire Greatness in Others-The Ability to Move the Cause of Liberty
~~Liberty derives from the Latin libertas, from liber (library), to be "FREE".
Classic Book List A good book - a classic - is a reading and an experience that you can return to over and over again...
Welcome to the 2015-2016 Family Commonwealth Home School Cooperative of the Classical Liberal Arts
About 2015 Fall Semester
Our learning cooperative meets every Thursday from 12:30 until 4pm at the House of Gaia Learning Center, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples, FL 34109 http://www.houseofgaia.org/
Please arrive on time at 12:30 with full bellies and a healthy snack to share. If you arrive late, please wait until we have a break in the activity before walking through the center and/or coming into your child’s learning circle. Late comers are very disruptive to the activity already in progress.
There is a $10.00 weekly donation fee per family. This covers the House of Gaia monthly donation for use of the space and our supply fees.
Thursday Afternoon Schedule
12:45 Grounding Exercise for adults and children with Ms. Sandra in the Common Room
1-1:30 Latin Fun with Ms. Heather in the Art room for Love of Learners
1-1:30 Waldorf Kindergarten Learning Circle with Ms.Patti in the Common Room for ages six and under
1:30-2:45 Love of Learning Study Group Geography Through Literature with Ms. Patti in the Common Room and Art Room
1-2:45 Scholar Study Group A Heroic Journey Ms. Vivian in the Music Room
2:45 Qigong for adults and children with Ms. Melanie in the Large Common Room
3-4pm Snack, Socializing, Music-Drum Circle and Play in the Large Common Room
Fall Semester Study Groups
We are embarking on a “Heroes Journey” this semester in both of our learning circles.
We start our journey of self -discovery with a classic book and discussion. Through practice and application of fine art, handwork, creative writing, music, movement, meditation, community service, dramatic play and the art of speech and debate, we discover our own innate talents and interests, guiding and inspiring us to become the “heroes” as we create our own life story.
Elementary Age Group
CorePhase (toddlers through six-eight years of age) and
Love of Learning Phase (usually ages six through twelve-fourteen years of age)
Students will be staying within their imaginations with the Beautiful Feet Books Geography Through Literature program as our study guide. This award-winning geography semester course brings to life this too often forgotten subject. Featuring four of the Caldecott Honor Holling classics, we will study three geographic regions in the United States, as well as world geography, with a special focus on understanding the African region and its people this year. Each title transports the reader to a specific location while giving the distinct geography, history, and natural science of the area.
Paired with each book is a fabric world map that we are sewing, felting and coloring (depending on age and skill set of the student). Students will work on their tapestry map while labeling countries, states, cities, oceans, lakes, rivers, and national landmarks as they discover the people and cultures of the regions. We combine this study with creative writing and art fun, and we are inspired by these readings to see ourselves the way we learn to see the heroes in these stories.
We’ll use movement, handwork and fine art exercises that will inspire each of us to more deeply discover what our own unique talents and interests may be as we create stories about our own life’s journey. Our first read will be: Paddle to the Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling. You can find the complete book list here: http://bfbooks.com/Geography-Through-Literature-Pack-PB?sc=18&category=860
This younger group is full and will be rotating through the front common room and art room.
A Heroic Journey for teens... Students will be reading the modern classic: The Seven Habits of Highly Teens and using excerpts from classic myths, novels and movies as we learn to understand what a “Heroes Journey” is and how it applies to a teen’s own coming-of-age story. Here is a Ted Talk that explains the journey in detail. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/What-is-the-Heros-Journey-Pat-S
In modern times, most societies have lost the formality of a rite of passage to mark the important life transition, or shall we say “adventure”, from childhood into young adulthood. It is our intention in our once-a-week gathering to facilitate a small “Rite of Passage” scenario which will give the students practice at important creative and practical life skills. Throughout the turnings of history, all great stories, including the human development story, follow the same natural guidelines. Each Unit of our curriculum represents a stage of some of our favorite mythical Hero's Journeys, and emphasizes the developmental areas that are most important in adolescence: social, physical, psychological, intellectual, moral/ethical.
With these development areas in mind, we have chosen activities that will cultivate tried and true life skills that can be used and depended upon as students venture forth out into the adult world. We will try our hand at becoming heroes in our own life stories through the practice and application of fine art, journaling, creative writing, movement and music. We will learn the art of deeper thinking using our listening, speech and debate skills. We will also get practice at participating within the community at large using the power of our written thoughts, voice and within our community service endeavors.
This is an organic curriculum that will develop with the students’ input as they learn, grow and get to know themselves and each other better throughout the semester. We will use The Heroic Journey curriculum loosely as a guideline for this learning circle each week: http://www.theheroicjourney.com/curric.php
To balance out the make-up of this study group, we are looking for a couple more young ladies, aged fifteen and up, to join us. Siblings of any teen that attends our study group are welcome in our younger group, even if it is full.
Mentored by local artist, author and retired home school mom
Artist Bio: Current work and vision:
As an artist I embrace music, dance, color, song and words within my art. My work is a journey to the authentic self and its kinship with community. My art varies from expansive and experiential, to defined and well structured.
I work with an assortment of mediums, from bits of lightning blasted timber, to inks, acrylics, oils and watercolors. Depending on their intended purpose, thoughts and images may be splattered, dusted, or carefully drawn.
The tools in my tool box are varied, from homemade and acquired tools, such as twigs, feathers, stones, and bamboo skewers, to fine brushes and digitally created pencils.
I paint on an assortment of surfaces, including journals, homemade papers, velum, cotton, wood and digital tablets. It all depends on the creative impulse of my spirit, and that which most resonates with any given project.
In addition to these fine art experiences, I am also involved with the creation of several graphic novels and children’s stories.
To me art has many functions. Art can be a place to play, or it can be used as a map to explore the process of personal growth. Art is one of our universal languages. As such, it can be used to express feelings, or communicate ideas between people and cultures. Art invites us to dance with others, to share, to learn, to open our hearts and to grow.
FCHS-CLA Cooperative Serving Collier County has openings!
2013-2014 Love of Learner's Group
Our Model:We are a fifteen year old weekly cooperative of home schooling families who are interested in incorporating the disciplines of Leadership Education into their home education model. Leadership education is dedicated to the study of the Classical Liberal Arts and application of Self-Reliance disciplines.
Our Mission:FCHS-CLA is committed to providing mentoring, resources, weekly supplimental study groups and hands-on, project-based learning within our co-op and out in the community at large. We cultivate Community-Based Educational Programs for students and adults who desire to influence the cause of personal and social leadership. Our goal is to help families inspire a love of learning in their home school, and to nuture development of individual genius and life mission through hands-on projects and deeper-thinking colloquiums based on the Classical Liberal Arts.
It is our goal to inspire in our youth and their parents the vision to become leaders who possess the foundation and characteristics required for personal and public statemenship. We cultivate and encourage great moral character, and the practice of "doing hard things" in our young men and women as they participate in shaping their community, their work, and private home and family lives.
A natural outgrowth of this educationis the development of the "Six Character Traits of a Statesman."Virtue. Wisdom. Diplomacy. Courage. Ability to Inspire Greatness in Others. Ability to Move the Cause of Liberty.
We meet Thursdays from 12:30 to 5pm in Patti's home on Marco Island
WINTER MUSIC STUDY GROUP: Music appreciation (including lives of famous composers and classical music time periods and styles), music theory, and instrumental instruction on band instruments. For all ages.
We have a music tutor! Angela Trochessestt (Ms. Angie) who is a local Cellist and Violinist and runs her own popular music studio out of her home in Naples. Some of our kids have had her as a CC tutor and musical instrument coach, and she is wonderful! We are plugging her into the Winter semister for both Love of Learners (elementary) and Scholar (middle & high school) group. Elementary age students will be singing, doing movement activities, dance, playing with percussion instruments, Boomwhackers, and tin whistles along with lessons in music appreciation and music theory. Middle and High School classes will focus more on music appreciation (including lives of famous composers and classical music time periods and styles), music theory, and instrumental instruction on band instruments. Yes, the teens will be jamming together!
I love that Julie agreed to facilitate our Fall Music Study. She started home schooling her middle schooler last year and her beginning journey is inspiring. She is one of those "cool moms" and is great at letting me throw her into learning cirles. I saw her pasion for music the day I spontaneously asked her to do a drum circle for the Love of Lerner's and she didn't blink and did an awesome job!
A native of Boston, MA and graduate of Emerson College, Julie took piano lessons for five years in her youth. She accompanied her middle school chorus and, more recently, played with her synagogue Praise and Worship team. She is also a fan of contemporary rock music, a passion that led her to follow a radio broadcasting career spanning fifteen years. Julie focused on alternative rock radio, working at stations in Cincinnati, Nashville and Albuquerque as both on-air personality and music/program director before moving to Naples in 1999. A music fan still, Julie enjoys listening to and discovering new music when she isn't homeschooling her son Josh.
This study is a musical journey from the Baroque Period of composition to the Modern Period. Beginning with Corelli, the father of modern violin playing, and tracing the development of composition up to the time of Igor Stravinsky, students will learn of the lives of great composers. The formation of the orchestra, as well as a study of each type of musical instrument is included. Using the highly acclaimed Music Masters 18 CD collection, students will learn how to identify music by the great composers, as well as name the instruments by sound. A combination of music and biography makes this study enjoyable as well as educational!
FINE ARTS & HANDWORK LEARNING CIRCLE for all ages.
Local Artist and long-time co-op participant Sarah Brezina will be tutoring a Meet the Masters of American Artists and our Hand Work learning circles this season. I have had the pleasure of watching Sarah grow over the years in her personal art and craft application, vision and study. She's become quite the artist! Sarah has just opened an art studio where she teaches lessons out of her home.
American History through TJED & Charlotte Mason Language Arts Colloquium for Love of Learners (ages 6-12)
This year I am excited to be tutoring in my passion! It's all about American History in our co-op this season. I will facilitate a Little House on the Prairie Colloquium for the 12 and under Love of Learners. We will bring the Little House series to life via language arts, discussion, games, and self-reliance projects like gardening, cooking, handwork, etc. Using creative movement, music and artistic crafts, we will incorporate the study of early American History and geography as well. In the course of my twenty-five-year educational career, this will be my third time facilitating this classical liberal arts study. I am excited because it allows me to express all of my education and background in Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilio approaches, as well as folding in my self-reliant habits and life experiences into our gatherings. ~~:-)Ms. Patti
The 2-13-2014 Love of Learners at our Family Commonwealth Home School Co-op
of the Classical Liberal Arts
Self-Reliance Garden Project and Study for all ages.
Master Gardener Elan Brown will be our Self-Reliance Garden Mentor this year!This study is for adults and kids alike! Elan has a degree in horticulture. She started and coordinated The Children’s Garden at the Village School in Naples. The garden was seven years old and a ½ acre in size. She has experience in construction, plantings, irrigation, equipment, supplies and gardening curriculum for students. Unfortunately, to cut back on costs, the school discontinued the Children's Garden Project this year :-(. Their loss is our gain! Elan has taught at FGCU and also worked at the extension office. She took her school through the The Fairchild Botanical Garden’s Challenge the last three years.
As part of the Middle & High School Do Hard Things Project, Elan will coach the students in the creation of a Marco Island Community Garden.
Garden Help Wanted! If you are here on Thursdays you will be gardening, so dress appropriately!
Ms. Patti's Homeschool Garden Project 2012-2014
Do Hard Things Colloquium: Study and Community Service Projects for our Scholar Group (ages 12 and up)
A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations! With over 35 million hits to their website, by teens from different world views, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things”. Written when they were 18 years old, Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combatting the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact. Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life 'rebelutionaries' in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.
Ms. Patti and her husband Jerry will be facilitating this study and will be joined by local community represenaives for the service projects that accompany the readings.
The 2013-2014 Scholar Guys
Past experience with Do Hard Things has led the Cohens to understand that, inevitably, teens come out of these study groups increasingly ready to "do something" and to tackle the questions that Do Hard things inspire: How do I get started on something worth my time? How do I move through the culture's "holding pattern" for the teen years? What do I do when I get disouraged with the world around me? What is the best way to make a difference in my family, community, the world, and in others? With these questions in mind, our teens will be inspired to dream up their their own community project or business ideas. To get them started, we also have two community service projects lined up that will give our teens hands-on experience to blast past cultural misunderstandings that limit a teens potential!
Please note: The Do Hard Things books are written from a Christian perspective. We chose this program because we have seen it inspire teens (and adults) from all different world views! The inspiration is universal and full of life skill practability. This program is easily adaptaqble to fit in with our cooperative's mix of families who come from different walks of life.
About the Do Hard Things Scholar Projects
Our first project: Marco Island Community Garden Initiative goes hand-in-hand with our Co-op's Self Reliance Garden Study and Project. Our Garden Mentor Elan Brown has agreed to direct the students in creating a Marco Island Community Garden. From proposal and city council meetings to online and print marketing, and hands-on building and gardening to selling at Marco's Farmer's Market, the teens will learn what it takes to develop and see this project through fruition.
Our second project: Enhancing the health of our waterways joins our co-op students with local Marine Biologist, Mike Kalinsky and Executive Director and Marine Ecologist, David Wolf from Ocean Restoration, Inc. in enhancing the health of our island's local water ecology. We will study local Marine ecology and help the Inatative get off the ground. From proposals and building marine fish habitats followed by online and print education and marketing, to monitoring, controled studies and reporting, the teens will help develop this water restoration project and see it thorough fruition.
The Handwork and Wood Shop Is Open!
Self-Reliance Hand Work Projects. The Wood Shop will be faciliated by award-winning, local Wood Relief Artist (and Ms. Patti's brother) Bill Schroyer. We will contine to learn how to use tools and carve. For students who participated last year, they will have the opportunity to finish up their Hunger Games carvings. This year's projects will stem from our Do Hard things Study and Project. We will help with the Ocean Restoration Initative biologists by building their cages. We'll also work on the Community Garden and Ms. Patti's Garden plant beds and fences.
Welcome to our home and our family! ~~The three C's
Co-op families have access to Ms. Patti's Home School Mentoring Services each week.
Ms. Patti's Mission: Creating spaces where one can fall in love with life learning and self-reliance. Where I, with others, can share life's journey and lessons learned. Building a community of supportive home school and self-government resources, programs and families who are likeminded in their choice to honor nature's phases for learning and human development. In this atmosphere, home school families can share, support and mentor each other.
One of the gifts of being in the home school community is the wealth of knowledge that can be obtained sitting on park benches, attending gatherings and waiting with other parents for our children's classes to finish. Whenever we ventured out I always came home feeling like I just had a shot of what I like to call, "mommy juice". This juice was especially important in the early days of my home school. It was a lifeline, and I gained much strength from those other parents. It is my intention to keep this support juice flowing and to pay it forward to families choosing to take back responsibility for their children’s education. For this reason I do not charge for my mentoring services.
Over the last fifteen years I have successfully taken many parents from our local area and around the country by the hand and mentored them to reach their true vision and practical applications for their family home school. Some testimonials:
NIA today officially released the most comprehensive documentary ever produced about higher education in the U.S. NIA's hour-long documentary called 'College Conspiracy' exposes the facts and truth about America's college education system. 'College Conspiracy' was produced over a six-month period by NIA's team of expert Austrian economists with the help of thousands of NIA members who contributed their ideas and personal stories for the film. NIA believes the U.S. college education system is a scam that turns vulnerable young Americans into debt slaves for life.
NIA tracks price inflation in all U.S. industries and there is no industry that has seen more consistent price inflation this decade than college education. After the burst of the Real Estate bubble, student loans are now the easiest loan to receive in the U.S., and total student loan debts now exceed credit card debts. The government gives out easy student loans to anybody, regardless of grades, credit history, what they are majoring in, and what their job prospects are. NIA believes it is illegal for the U.S. government to be in the student loan business because the U.S. constitution doesn't authorize it. Just like how the U.S. government created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make housing affordable, but instead drove housing prices through the roof; the U.S. government, by trying to make college more affordable, is accomplishing the exact opposite and driving tuition prices to astronomical levels that provide a negative return on investment.
"Sarah Clarkson is a wonderful example of what can happen when you raise a child on whole, living books. Not only does she love to read, but she beautifully conveys rthis passion through her writing." ~Tina Farewell, Founder, Lifetime Books & Gifts
Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child's librarian for a best friend! A great book spurs the imagination in childhood, inspires our dreams in adulthood, and nourishes the soul with depictions of life fully and courageously lived. Among the greatest gifts you can bequeath to a child are a love for reading and a passion for books. But how do you sort through the many thousands of books available to your children to find those that are worthwhile? Let Sarah Clarkson be your guide to the best in literature for your family. From timeless classics to modern favorites, from picture books to adventure novels to read-aloud favorites, more than 1,000 wonderful stories for young people are recommended within these pages. Now you can make great literature a lasting part of your child's life and education."
An absolute must-have! No homeschool library would be complete without it. Paul A. Suarez Publisher, The Old Schoolhouse magazine
Inspiring a Love for the Classics in Your Home Learning
Why the classics?
The Hebrew word
for book is Sefer which comes from the root that means light. Hebrew
is believed to be the first language full of sounds and vibrations that the
Creator used to speak to us and in turn is how we tap into the ninety nine
percent of the universe that we don’t experience. Hebrew is the universal language. It is full of codes, sounds, energies and
vibrations that awaken in us the eternal desire of the soul.
Our eternal desire is to connect with our nature,
A classic book
awakens our souls. A classic book in its
original language is huge! It brings the
vibrational sound of the writing and the author’s creative energies into the
universe and touches our soul more deeply.
If you don’t understand the original language written on the page, some
sages tell us to just scan the book in its original form as if your brain is a
computer downloading and there will be a connection.
A classic is a
popular book, song, work of art or useful tool that evokes universal
understanding. Reading a classic book from beginning to end
awakens intelligence and we get the opportunity to live the human condition in
our imaginations making us wiser. Think of
all we know about the habits of those wise men and women whose thoughts and
works changed our world and human condition for the better. Einstein spent many an hour in his
imagination which is where his ideas and formulas came from. Marinating in the words, ideas and themes of
a classic work as we figure out our human condition and then being able to
experience the modeling and examples we find in those works allows us to express our ideas more clearly.
classical environment in the home, where we choose to spend time with the original
thinkers of the original thoughts, allows us to grow from our core and in our
truth. How we treat our classic books makes
all the difference in what we get out of them as well. If we model for our family, the act of
creating an aura full of reverence for all that our classic works encompass, we
are modeling an act of love, and love inspires love.
The daily meditation of creating a space for
reading and the artful placement of the classics into our surroundings brings
forth the universal principal of love as we find ourselves, face to face with
greatness. The truth found in those writings will inspire
the ability to really listen, understand and know on a deeper level what is
We learn to use our reasoning
skills and not just our visceral reactions and that combination gives us a
learning that is more holistic; it develops our multiple intelligences and
allows our mental awareness and body intelligence to grow according to nature’s
plan for the phases of development.
Classical atmosphere, filled with study of the Great Debates, or as those in
the Great Books Community like to call it, The Great Conversation, we are
encouraged to take the imaginary and conversant practice of our reading and one
by one, each decision we come in contact with becomes more clear and aligned
with our Core Book, Moral Philosophy or Document. This Core is what we call our Family Canon. Through the eyes of our Family Canon we make
decisions easily because we are able to scan through to the heart of the matter,
seeing directly to the Universal Truth that is born through spending time growing
up in a world of Classics.
"Earlier I mentioned that there are many in this room tonight who have exemplified that bold and courageous “can-do” spirit… Among them, of course, are our very esteemed and beloved Honorees – Jerry and Patricia Cohen…
You know, when the decision was made to bestow this honor upon Jerry and Patricia tonight, there were only two people familiar with Cohens who were completely perplexed as to why in the world we would want to do something like this… Those two people, of course, were Jerry and Patricia themselves!…
It sort of reminds me of the legend in the Talmud wherein the Tigris River was once asked: “Why is it that you always roar so loudly and cause such a commotion?”… To which the river answered: “Were it not for my roar, how then would people take notice of me?... I want it to be known that I exist, so I call attention to myself by being the noisy river that I am.”
The opposite question was then posed to the Euphrates River: “Why is it that you’re always so calm, so quiet and so peaceful?”
“Well”, said the Euphrates, “the soil around me is so fertile that if one were to plant trees along my banks; within but three short years, the saplings would spring forth and bear fruit... If one were to plant vegetables alongside me, it wouldn’t be longer than thirty days before beautiful edible results would emerge from that soil.... “So you see,” said the Euphrates, “I don’t have to make noise or cause a great commotion in order to be noticed... My deeds speak for themselves....”
Ladies and gentlemen, when you talk about folks like Jerry and Patricia Cohen… This is a couple who, like the pristine waters of the Euphrates, are calm and gentle, peaceful and unassuming – and yet, remarkably, we all take notice... We take notice because their deeds speak for them...
Jerry Cohen is a man of business… He’s a visionary entrepreneur whose reading of market conditions and economic trends are in equal parts “good smarts” and “good instincts” – building stable real estate portfolios and establishing dynamic financial instruments that develop and elevate communities and generate high returns for principals and investors... But Jerry Cohen is also a man of art and culture… A man of deep thought and contemplation… A man of creativity… A man of philanthropy…
And yet, for all his achievements and contributions, Jerry is one of the most approachable, unassuming and down-to-earth human beings you will ever meet... Rather than clamor for attention and acclaim, his demeanor bespeaks a humility and refinement of character so rare among men of his stature and prestige…
No loud noise… No great swish or mighty roar like that of the Tigris River… With Jerry Cohen, what you get are deeds – philanthropic, entrepreneurial and humanitarian deeds – that speak volumes about who he is and what he’s about….
And Patricia Cohen – likewise refined, modest and unassuming – is right up there with her husband in terms of achievement and impact; kindness and compassion… With her number one passion being education, “Ms. Patti,” as she is affectionately known, has for years been a pioneer and an advocate on behalf of some of the most effective, advanced and “out of the box” methods of teaching – from Montessori to Reggio Emilia; from Waldorf to Piaget’s…
And for over a decade now, she has headed up “Patti’s Home School and Alternative Education Mentoring”– demonstrating how some of the most basic and fundamental ways of teaching are still the most effective and enduring…
Indeed, anyone who spends any amount of time with Patricia Cohen invariably ends up saying the same thing: “What a nice person!… What a special human being!”
Our sages tell us: “Say little, but do much”… This is the Cohen credo…
And so, when Ettie and I first proposed to Jerry and Patricia that they be the Honorees of this Gala, they looked at us as if we were from another planet… All of our elaboration on their worthiness and qualifications went nowhere until we made the most compelling argument of all: “Jerry… Patricia,” we said, “your acceptance of this tribute would be very helpful to our shul, to our school and to the Chabad of Naples community.”… In the Cohen vernacular, you might say we made them an offer they couldn’t refuse… So here we are…
Jerry and Patricia: We know you don’t need this honor… But we, as a community, need this honor; this opportunity to say thank you and to be inspired by those who don’t just say the right things, but who do the right things, and through whose noble and fertile deeds all of our lives are enriched…
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming the Honorees of our 2013 Benefit Gala: Jerry and Patricia Cohen!"
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Time Out for Kids NY-Films for families: The top 50 movies to watch as a family: Choosing and then ranking the movies wasn't easy: As you'll see, a number of recent blockbusters that may already be in your family's regular movie-watching rotation made the cut, but some of our absolute favorites date back to as early as 1937. We also wanted to make sure that our picks included films for children of all ages—G-rated finds for the youngest movie watchers to YA books--turned--cult classics for tweens. Of course, since there were so many amazing films to choose from, we have no doubt that we may have missed some of your family's favorite flicks. We encourage you to weigh in below and let us know which titles you think should have been included. For now, though, click through our article of the top films for families and then schedule some family movie nights (with popcorn, of course!). There is, after all, nothing more exciting than watching one of your favorite films through your child's eyes for the very first time or discovering, together, a new-to-you treasured tale. Happy viewing!
8 Must See Classic Family Movies: If you’re like me, you feel like there’s not much on television worth watching anymore. As a family, we like to be able to sit down and watch a movie that makes us feel good when it’s over and not guilty for allowing ourselves to watch it.
Beliefnet-Family Movies That Teach Values: Movie Mom picks 10 great films that entertain kids and spark family discussions.Movies are our sagas, our myths, our touchstones, and our collective cultural heritage. They are also one way that we teach ourselves and our children about values. Of course, kids get their most important lessons from the behavior of their parents. But movies give us a chance to explain and expand on those lessons through a modern form of parables or Aesop's Fables. And like parables, stories in movies have the advantage of distance--it can be easier for kids to talk to parents about what's happening on screen than to talk about what's going on inside them. Those discussions are a powerful way for families to connect and communicate. I've selected 10 terrific movies in which characters show qualities like responsibility, integrity, compassion, and courage. Each is popcorn-worthy entertainment for families to share and a great way to begin conversations about the way that our values affect our choices and their consequences.
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Constructing The Universe I want to learn in his lab!
Michael S. Schneider is an educator and writer who encourages a love of learning through an appreciation of
the intersections of mathematics, nature, art and science.