About Marty

Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1956

Before writing my book about learning at home, I was a La Leche League Leader for many years, helping mothers breastfeed their babies. After writing and publishing my book and as my children reached their late teen, early twenty years,  I became an infant massage instructor and taught new parents how to massage their babies just as I had massaged my own babies years before.  The baby massage classes showed me that there was a need in my community (Victoria, BC) for a program of songs and fingerplays for parents and their babies, so I developed and taught one. It is such a delight when I go to the grocery store now, to unexpectedly meet moms  who remember me from those classes and introduce me to their babies who are now preteens and teens. Because I taught these classes fairly recently, I could recall many of the fingerplays and recite them when I played with my young grandchildren.

  • What do you suppose? A bee sat on my nose.
  • Then what do you think? He gave me a wink
  • And said, “I beg your pardon. I thought you were the garden.”

When I was teaching Games to Play With a Baby and Baby Massage, I also spoke and led workshops at homeschooling/unschooling conferences in various parts of the US and Canada.

I created needle felted snow friends to sell as a fundraiser for my local food bank. With the assistance of the photography skills of my son, Noah Layne, I published a children’s picture book, The Happy Snow Friends Counting Book, that continues my tradition of fundraising for food banks.


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