Archives for March 2013

Weekend links

weekend linkswe’re tapping our trees for the first time this year & it’s been so fun!

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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Cozy up with a good book.

Books and ZhuZhu PetWritten by Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats

Over the last two weeks, my kids and I have been engrossed in a family read aloud. I checked out the digital edition of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Since it was only a two-week check-out, it was a race to complete the book before it magically disappeared from my iPad.

Books, and specifically family read-alouds, have been a unifying thread in the fabric of our family since my eldest was about three years old. He’s always been a good listener and back then while I nursed his baby brother we read through The Little House books and Narnia. Ever since then I have always felt more “at one” with my children when we have a chapter book going.

My youngest child, a four-year old child of the technology age is not quite “into” our read alouds yet. But the others, ages 6, 8, 10, and 12, all enjoy them. Even today at fifteen, my eldest son lurks in the shadows or mutes the hockey game so that he can hear me read to his siblings.
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Responding to the homeschooling critics

coffee talkWritten by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

I am blessed to live in an area where homeschooling is not at all unusual. Everyone knows at least a few homeschooling families; nonetheless, we aren’t immune to the naysayers, the critics.

I used to be outraged. I used to bristle. I remember one of my first encounters with a lady who was quite vocal about her disgust with homeschooling. I had just moved to town and was attending a new church. Here is how my conversation went with this woman:

So where does your son go to school?”

“I am homeschooling him.”

“Oh. Well, I would never do that. We have the best schools in the state right here.”

That was the end of the conversation. She actually turned her back to me, quite literally, and never engaged me in conversation again for the decade I attended that church.
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I refuse to steal my kids’ dreams (On homeschooling as a social movement)

I refuse to steal my kids' dreams
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I am a big fan of Seth Godin. He inspires me–and much of the world–to think bigger, to embrace change, and to consider new ideas. For these reasons, I eagerly downloaded and read his recently released free manifesto on education, Stop Stealing Dreams.

In blog-sized chapters, Godin outlines his ideas about how schools can and should be reformed so they allow kids to thrive while learning and to graduate prepared for a new and connected world. On all this, I couldn’t agree more.

I have doubts, though, about Godin’s thoughts on homeschooling. It’s not that he portrays it negatively. On the one hand, he acknowledges this educational path:

“Thousands of caring and committed parents are taking their kids out of the industrial system of schooling and daring to educate them themselves.”

But on the other hand he states:

“There are several problems, though–reasons for us to be concerned about masses of parents doing this solo.”

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Weekend links

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The winner of yesterday’s Oak Meadow giveaway is Meg T.–congratulations! Find out more about Oak Meadow’s creative curriculum packages today.

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