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Watch a FREE episode of Treeschoolers, and be entered to win an iPad? Yes Please!

Watch a FREE episode of Treeschoolers, and be entered to win an iPad? Yes Please!

That is right.  You can enter to win a free Ipad and watch a free episode of “Rachel and the Treeschoolers”.

The first 6 episodes of “Rachel and the Treeschoolers” has been funded and brought to life thanks AMAZING Signing Time fans, who wanted more educational television for children.  If you missed the first Kickstarter Campaign, and don’t know what “Treeschoolers” is, here is a quick explanation from Rachel, herself.

STILL too educational for television? You know it! Smart TV is what we do best. Brought to you by YOU & the creators of Signing Time!

Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: A PhD backed preschool show in 12 (or more!) musical episodes.

Finally a show that’s as smart and fun as your kids!

In 2013 Kickstarter Backers like you made Rachel & the TreeSchoolers episodes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 a reality. You did it before, let’s do it again!

“We are proud to produce smart media for smart kids. Together we create a better, smarter choice for children.” ~ Rachel Coleman

Why is “Treeschoolers” different?

Children’s Television OR Commercials for Toys? Children’s TV:

Light on education, heavy on advertising. Typically, selling trumps teaching.

  • FACT – Only 1 in 8 kid’s educational programs meet high quality standards (1)
  • FACT – Only 1 in 4 were classified as minimally educational (2)
  • FACT – Advertisers spend $12 billion a year on ads targeting children (3)

TreeSchoolers – Too Educational for TV?
TV executives have told us that Rachel & the TreeSchoolers is just too educational for television. We are proud of that!
     We will not dumb down our programs!

Be Part of the SOLUTION!
Take a stand
 for putting children’s minds above merchandise! Stand with us in creatingfun, educationally rich media that makes a difference!

Rachel & the TreeSchoolers – Highlights

  • Preschool curriculum in 12+ episodes with supporting materials
  • Emmy-nominated host Rachel Coleman
  • Educational framework developed by Dr. Emily Swan – PhD in educational psychology and reading
  • Teaches children HOW to learn (CORI method)
  • Uses whole body learning
  • Teaches emotional intelligence
  • Maximum education – maximum entertainment
  • Music, music, music!

Why Use ASL (American Sign Language)?

  • Engages children’s bodies and attention
  • Helps with memorization
  • A real second-language used by millions of people
  • Hands on – tactile & kinesthetic
  • Kids love it!

Teaches Kids HOW to Learn: CORI MethodCreate, develop, and maintain the joy of learning.

Layered Learning

  • Teaching multiple concepts simultaneously – like learning about weather, rhyming, and emotional intelligence all at once.
  • Delivers a substantial amount of curriculum in 30 minutes.

So, about that iPad and Free episode, right?  Well to get the word out about how wonderful “Rachel and the Treeschoolers” is, and to raise the money for episodes 7-12, Two Little Hands Productions is letting you see exactly what they are asking you to fund.  Just follow THIS LINK to enter the iPad giveaway.  While you are there, click on over to the Kickstarter page, where the link to watch “A Rainy Day”, the very first episode of “Rachel and the Treeschoolers”

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New Summer Fun!

New Summer Fun!

I am so excited to announce that I am adding new class offerings to my schedule.  As always, I will be offering my Award Winning Parent and Me Baby/Toddler Sign and Play Classes. In this class we learn how to communicate with our little ones through Sign, music and sensory play.  This goes way beyond just sign and becomes a very supportive group of parents, all sharing and learning about what it means to be a mom or dad.  We learn food signs, signs for the pets we love, our nice words (please and thank you), and so much more!

To this I am adding a Pre-K/Kindergarten Signing Adventure Class!  What is this you may ask?  This is a full body learning experience, where your child will learn about the world around them through movement, play, music, and of course SIGN!  We will  learn about thunder, all while dancing to a rain dance, and learning our weather signs.  We will have a blast going outside and discovering Incredible Insects and different Signs about the nature all around us.  We will have a bast acting like animals while we learn about or friends in the zoo, and even play in the dirt learning all about plants and Signs for all the green we see in our world.

I would love to incorporate this and so much more into a Signing Summer Camp.  The main focus will be to have fun,all the while learning a fun and new way to communicate.  This Summer Camp will be geared to elementary school aged children.  We will play games, Sign to music, a few crafts, and have a blast.

Being such a small business (just me!), I really need those of you who are passionate and learning and language as I am to help me spread the word.  It takes A LOT of hard work and effort for me to make these classes amazing,  and as much as I would like to, I really can’t hold these classes for just one or two students (it is more fun with friends too).  Please help me to spread the joy of Signing as far as I can, by letting anyone who can benefit about my offerings.

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Huge Sale Going on RIGHT NOW!!

Who wants to save 40% on fun and educational children’s programming? Programming that can can teach a fun, beautiful and useful form of communication, programming that can teach your child all about the world around them with music, programming that can make potty training fun!  That is what is happening RIGHT NOW over at  Signing Time!

 

Come check out the awesome pre-Thanksgiving sale!

Holiday Sales at Signing Time - Save up to 40%!

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I ditched the poo

Here is the post to start off my exploration into more natural living.  I am by no means an expert.  I am learning as I go, and sharing what I learn with you.  Maybe I can save you from making a mistake I have made, and maybe you can leave me a comment with advice on how to do something better.

The first thing I have eliminated from my life is shampoo.  Gross, right? Well I still wash my hair, I just don’t use commercial detergents and I no longer spend $10-$15 a bottle for shampoo and conditioner. I also like the logic of why shampoo in unnecessary and maybe even more harmful than helpful. Here it is, so, shampoo strips your hair of the dirt, oil, and general nastiness that an accumulate from the day.  This should be a good thing, but your hair needs those natural oils that shampoo strips away (called sebum).  We try to artificially replace those oils with conditioner, but our hair doesn’t know that is what conditioner is for, so it produces sebum, which makes our hair look greasy, so we shampoo the sebum away, etc. You get the idea, shampoo creates a cycle that requires more shampoo. the a month and a half of using these ingredients,

I started with the traditional method that is easily googleable (is that a real word?).  I used 1 tbls of baking soda to 1 cup of water. I mixed this in a cheap dollar store water bottle for easier application in the shower.  I used the same ratio with the apple cider vinegar in the same type of water bottle.  I kept the mixes in different color water bottles so I could easily identify which was which. After month and a half of using these ingredients, I really like it, but have changed my method a couple of times.

Since I normally washed my hair every other day, I kept with the same schedule with my new “shampoo” and “conditioner”. Day 1 I was really impressed.  My hair felt clean, didn’t smell like anything and wasn’t greasy in the morning (I shower at night). It wasn’t as manageable as it usually was, but not terrible.  By that night, it was greasy looking.  I had to resist the urge wash my hair, as you are supposed to try to extend the days between washing in order to “retrain” your scalp to produce less sebum. The next morning I could feel the grease making it’s way down my hair.  My hair was plastered to my head with oils. I read on a blog that you could distribute the sebum and make your hair look better by brushing with a natural bristle brush.  I grabbed a wood bristle brush and a boar bristle brush and went to town brushing.  This didn’t help much, it was a hair in the bun kind of day.

I could not wait to scrub my hair that night.  I read of an alternative method where you make a paste of baking soda with water in your hair and scrub that into your scalp.  I tried that thinking it would help cut the greasiness (I conditioned just the ends of my hair with the Apple Cider vinegar mixture). It didn’t work.  My hair felt dry and greasy at the same time. It felt like there was a coating of wax on my hair.  My hair felt clean when I got out of the shower, but the next morning it was greasy. I kept this up for just about 2 weeks.  I had a lot of pony tail, braid, bun and hat days for 2 weeks.  I read this was normal, and I need to power through the greasy hair in order to get the beautiful, more volumous, healthy hair I desire.

I did fight.  I wanted so badly to just grab a bottle of shampoo and feel that beautiful lather and smell that beautiful (artificial) scent, but I didn’t.  After the first week my hair was still greasy, but less so.  I would wake up in the morning and hate my hair a little less every day.  By the two week point I woke up with my hair looking like clean, fresh washed hair.

Now at a month and a half, I have added an extra day between washing without ill effect.  I have also added a tbls of baking soda to my mix, so I use 2 tbls of baking soda to 1 cup of water.  I also moved my apple cider vinegar mixture to a spray bottle.  This helps me to better target only the ends of my hair , which helps to prevent the greasiness. I use the second bottle that did house the “conditioner” to make a second batch of my baking soda “shampoo”.  I read that if you let your mixture sit for about 2 weeks, it works better (we will see).

I am now really liking my hair.  I have better volume, great shine (not the oily greasy shine, healthy shine) and my hair is so soft and much more manageable, and I am saving a ton of money. I have started using this on my two year old daughter, and since she hasn’t come close to hitting puberty yet she didn’t have the greasy adjustment  period to go through. Her hair is now constantly getting compliments.

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More Blogs to Come about Sign Language and Natural Parenting and Health

I have been neglecting this blog as of late.  I don’t mean to, I have just been so very busy teaching, preforming Signing Story Times at local Libraries, preparing classes for the local Child Development Center, raising my daughter, and reading great blogs.

I have been really inspired by some really great natural parenting/natural living blogs lately.  They have inspired me to eat cleaner, yell less, love more, and try to eliminate as many chemicals from my life as possible.  My sister has been watching this transformation in my home and mentioned that it may be fun for me to document this journey.  I personally don’t think my life is all that interesting, but if I am gaining inspiration from others, maybe someone can become inspired by little ol’ me.

If you do find inspiration, joy, or hate my new blog posts, please comment and let me know.  I love hearing from you guys and the more you share my writings, the more this community can grow.

I am going to try to write about my journey into no longer shampooing my hair tonight after my final Sign Language class for the day (which is a fun Halloween themed class, with some sweet treats, silly costumes, and even an ASL themed “Horror” movie!).

Thank you for reading and Signing with me!

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Shooting Star Signers is now a a part of the Burlington County Library Offerings!

As of September 11th I will be hosting Signing Story Times at the Pemberton Public Libraries.  This special story time is FREE to the public, but does require pre-registration HERE.  For this particular story time, I hope to honor the day and our country’s heros by having a “Community Helper” themed story time.

I will teach a few safety signs, community helper signs and then read/sign a few stories and then end with a fun song.

I would like to thank the Burlington Public Library System for offering me this opportunity and bringing the joy of signing to the local community.

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Who Wants a Free DVD?

Who Wants a Free DVD?

Enrollments for September Classes and After School Signing Club are in full swing!  I still have slots left for all offerings, and to make enrolling even more enticing (besides all the awesome benefits signing in a group setting already provides) I am giving away 2 FREE Sing and Sign DVDs.  When you enroll for a class you will automatically be entered to win, when you refer a friend for a class, you will get another chance to win, when you enroll multiple children or yourself you will get another chance to win, if you are a returning student you will get another entry to win! Get it?  There are many ways to enter and win a fun and musical video that also teaches a useful second language!

Contact me today to learn more about classes for all ages.  I offer classes for infant, toddlers, pre- k, School age and adults!

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Wonderful support for new classes at Joint Base MDL

Wonderful support for new classes at Joint Base MDL

Last week I had a wonderful meeting with the activities coordinator for United Communities at JBMDL.  We discussed bringing my award winning Signing Time curriculum to the children on base, and how United Communities could support me. We have set aside Tuesdays and Fridays in August for me to hold classes.

I now need your help with letting me know what classes you guys want.  What age groups and what times work best for you?  Also, I will continue to teach on base as long as there is an interest, so I need help in spreading the word about these classes.

Please feel free to comment with what you would like to see me offer, share my page on Facebook, and tell your friends please.  The more interested, the more United Communities will allow me to offer to you guys!  Thanks for your help!

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Becoming a Better Mother

Becoming a Better Mother

I, like all mothers, am not perfect.  I sometimes let my toddler skip her veggies at dinner, she eats more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than I would like, and when I am tired, frustrated, running late…I have a tendency to yell.

In the back of my mind I know I am yelling because of my issues, not my toddlers, but I raise my voice anyway.  This usually just ends up causing my daughter to cry, not do what I wanted anyway and me feeling bad for raising my voice at her.  Not once has my yelling got my toddler to put on her shoes, stop playing with her food,  or whatever it was that moment that I found so offensive.  That realization (with the help of the Orange Rhino) led me to reevaluate my parenting.

In her blog, the Orange Rhino gives many ideas on how to stop yelling and communicate better, and I loved a lot of them and have even started yelling at my toilet when I have had enough at her suggestion lol.  It was reading the list of suggestions, that I had the AHHA moment, that I already had the tools needed to yell less and love more.

When my daughter, or life pushes my buttons, I turn off my voice and turn on my hands (and no that doesn’t mean I spank her lol). My using sign language to communicate during tense moments does multiple positive things.  Since I am no longer using my voice, my daughter must turn and look at me, she can’t ignore me as easily.  She has to focus on my hands, so this usually diffuses a tantrum, and even if she is in the middle of a tantrum, she can still be understood through sign.  I know I can never understand what a toddler is trying to say through screams or sobs.

Because I am yelling less, my daughter is yelling less.  I am modeling good behavior on how to properly deal with anger and frustration.  Hopefully she grows up to learn to communicate through feelings and not yell or hit or even worse, bottle them up.  When something upsets her, she now comes up to me and signs “I angry!”  This opens up a dialogue for us that can continue in either english or ASL (which ever she chooses to go with), and we communicate through what her feelings are and why she is feeling them.

Thanks to Sign Language and the Orange Rhino I am learning to become a calmer and quieter mother, and I am seeing a calmer and quieter toddler.

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HUGE BIG GIGANTIC CRAZY DVD SALE!!!

HUGE BIG GIGANTIC CRAZY DVD SALE!!!

Rachel Sharing Sale

In 2 days Signing time is having their biggest sale of the year.  This sale is bigger than the Black Friday sale, Bigger than the Birthday Sale, Bigger than….well this is the BIGGEST SALE!  All DVDs and DVD/CD combos are only $10 a piece.  Can you believe it?  Only $10 a DVD or DVD/CD combo?  Rachel Coleman of Signing Time is pretty excited about it!rachel_10_dvd_song

This sale is only going to last June 3rd through the 5th and products is going to go fast.  Because you are reading this blog, you get a special in on the sale.  I would be more than happy to take your pre-orders for this sale or HERE is the link.  It won’t be active until June 3rd, but you now have it early. Happy Shopping!

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