Dancing Toddlers

My son loves to dance. Is this just a natural interest for toddlers? Do all toddlers love music and dance? I’ve been thinking about enrolling my son in some sort of toddler dance class. He is interested in all kinds of music and dances to anything. I’ve been reading up on toddler dance classes and looking for something to get him enrolled in. I found that they offer “Tiptoes & Tumbling” classes, which are designed to encourage creativity, coordination, skills, musicality and rhythm. Another class I found is “Pre-School Tap, Ballet & Tumbling” for ages 3 to 5. At another … Continue reading

Summer is a Good Time for Classes and Extra Training

As long as your home business is not a summer business or one where you are working harder during the summer months than any other time of year (and there are plenty of home business that are seasonal), summer can be a downtime or a slow time. For those businesses where summer affords us a little more leisure or non-work time, this can be the perfect time of year to take a class or get some extra training to help us improve our skills and business savvy. Many of us find that business just naturally slows during the summer months. … Continue reading

Finding Scrapbooking Retreats

Are you interested in attending a scrapbooking retreat? Do the girls you scrapbook long for some time away from home, spending a little girlfriend time together and getting some serious scrapbooking done without interruption? A scrapbooking retreat is perfect for this! But how do you find them? First of all, you can certainly search the Internet. I did and found several, except I feel that word of mouth is definitely a more powerful advertising tool. In addition to finding out someones favorite retreat location, you will be able to ask questions about the specifics of the location. What is around … Continue reading

Is it Too Late for a Child Development Class?

The most recent course curriculum guide for our local community college arrived in the mail the other day and as I was casually flipping through the newsprint pages, my eyes were drawn to a list of classes on parenting and child development. I remember taking a couple of these classes before becoming a parent and when I had very young children, but I hadn’t thought of taking a class in years (decades, really.) I started to think about how helpful it would actually be and wondered how many other parents out there assume that since we have come this far, … Continue reading

Taking Continuing Education Classes

We have written here in the Single Parents blog about the challenges and rewards of going back to college or taking higher education classes in order to improve one’s situation, but we haven’t talked much about other types of classes. Community and Continuing Education courses can be a great way to get training, learn something new, meet new people, and gain confidence and self-esteem. There are some great things about community education classes that make them perfect for the single parent—often the hours are convenient (one night a week instead of several, evenings instead of during the day, etc.) and … Continue reading

The Things He Does for Love: Ghost Hunting Classes

Ever since we moved to Nashville and got cable, I’ve been introduced to a whole slew of new TV entertainment. I wrote about how we’re addicted to MTV’s The Hills, but I’m also nuts for Sci Fi’s Ghost Hunters. Heck, I’m nuts about all things ghost period. I signed up to receive a newsletter from a local ghost hunting group here in Nashville, the Adsagsona Paranormal Society. They hold meetings once a month that I’ve been wanting to attend, but something always seems to come up that prevents me from checking them out. However, the other day on their Yahoo! … Continue reading

What is the Difference Between a Scrapbooking Crop and a Workshop?

I was asked this question recently, and since my answer was so long, I thought it might make a good article for everyone. The difference between a scrapbook crop and a scrapbook workshop, is simple, yet many struggle to understand the difference. I thought I’d take some time to discuss this concept, especially for those new to scrapbooking or those that are curious about scrapbooking but feel like they are missing out because all the lingo is hard. A Scrapbooking Crop Typically, if you are invited to a scrapbooking crop, you can expect to find several scrapbookers sitting around, creating … Continue reading

Take a Class in Financial Planning

Before you spend a dime to hire a financial planner, look into enrolling in a class. Many Junior colleges and community centers offer these types of finance classes. You will find them on a variety of subjects, from budgeting to estate planning. Usually the cost is less than $50 for a couple hours of instruction time. A financial planner will cost you far more than that, in both time and money. Numbers and money management is not everyone’s cup of tea; but even if you failed math class, you can still benefit from a financial planning course. It should be … Continue reading

More College Courses for High Schoolers

Yesterday I wrote about FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness classes, and the ability to convert the independent study to college credit. Today’s tip is a little different. It’s only for high school juniors and seniors. California State University Dominguez Hills has a young scholars program. For $3.50 each (yes, that’s $3.50, not $350), your highschooler can take distance-learning courses from a fully accredited California State University. Two classes are offered each semester. That’s the only real downside. You get what you get. The two that just ended were Critical Reasoning and Television, Film & Theater. They’re three credit classes each. Six credits … Continue reading

Free College Level Classes

With two kids in high school in the fall, I’m starting to think about college credits. We’re probably going to be in that middle area when it comes to loans and grants. Too poor to pay their tuition outright, too wealthy (ha!) to quality for financial aid. Of course I have hopes that there will be scholarships, but since I don’t really want my daughters leaving home to go away to college, the opportunities will be a little more limited. Our state has a program for high schoolers to take community college classes in their junior and senior years. That’s … Continue reading