January sweet stuff

It's been 2 months since I've done a sweet stuff post because Christmas threw me off my usual once a month routine. But I've been setting aside a bunch of links that I plan to share this month and next.

Because I'm in a homeschool frame of mind these days I decided to limit my link love to homeschool related stuff for this month.

  • I so enjoyed reading Kate's real life story on following her children's lead in little teachers.
  • Hillary from infintelearners wrote this great post on children using real tools at Steady Mom. I have wanted to write forever on the importance of this with examples of the scary things we let our kids use.
  • The always lovely Lisa at 5 Orange Potatoes wrote about creating land art (art in the natural world). Her post reminded me of the great movie Rivers & Tides, about Andy Goldsworthy's work. A must see.
  • Although I wouldn't call this unschooling (in which case I'm an unschooler and I don't think I am), I appreciate what Jena has to say about intentional unschooling. Ever wonder how an interest led learner is going to learn "everything they need to know"? This post helps answer that question from a mama whose been there and done that with 2 already graduated and one in public high school.
  • You gotta be home to homeschool. A long one, but a good one. An excellent blog post brought to my attention by Kika (a regular commenter here at FIMBY).
  • After attempting to teach Celine spelling as a separate subject (yeah right, that didn't last long!) I'm happy to put spelling in it's place. This quote of Karen Andreola's as shared at Handmade Homeschool pretty much sums it up as far as spelling goes in our home.
  • My husband sent these last two links my way. Firstly, this is an amazing (but long) speech entitled Schoooling: The Hidden Agenda. If you can get past the dense text and lack of decent formatting this is very worth your time to read. I always knew my kiddos didn't need to know "all that stuff".
  • This is more scary than sweet, US grants homeschooling German family political asylum. Damien, ever on top of the news, sent me this story just today. To think it's prohibited to homeschool your children in some countries. Thank God and all those early homeschooling pioneers for the freedoms we have here.

That's a wrap. Stay tuned for the winner of the Vegan Cuisine DVD and next week I'll draw the winner for the Steady Days Giveaway. Can't believe how many comments I'm getting on that. Wowzers.


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  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on Jan. 29, 2010, 4:43 a.m.

    since lala began kindergarten (at a public, music charter school, for those who don't know me), i have been soaking up information about different teaching/learning styles and locations. yes, i should have started doing this years ago, but it wasn't until she actually began school that i felt such a sense of urgency to know our other options in addition to being engaged in the school we had chosen for her. we are happy with where she is, how and what she is learning, but i am still soaking it all in. i have read several of the posts/articles you have linked to, all good ones. i just read a couple more, and i will link through to read the rest. the article about having to be home to homeschool... my reaction to the title was "actually, i feel as though i do a lot of home educating, despite my daughter's public school attendance." that wasn't what the article was about, but i suppose that is just my way of reminding all of us that we are all educators or our children, regardless of whether or not we are officially homeschoolers. i respect so very much your thoughts and input on all of this...education and health most especially, because it is so clear, renee, that your choices are grounded in having researched it all.

    and renee, about your comment on my blog, wishing your library had healthy bread in 5 minutes a day...i know you know to try interlibrary loan. also, the link i shared has a couple recipes. (i think gluten is used in all, though.) i haven't read the book, i just read this article. http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/Artisan-Bread-In-Five-Minutes-A-Day.aspx i used the same recipes for years, too, but i am only now regaining my bread making ground and it is nice to have some new recipes to try! nicola http://whichname.blogspot.com


    • renee

      renee on Jan. 29, 2010, 12:39 p.m.

      Nicola, I don't think I made that comment on your blog. I went back to check and don't see that anywhere. I'm actually not interested in baking my own bread since Damien can't eat it.


      • nicola@which name?

        nicola@which name? on Jan. 30, 2010, 3:59 a.m.

        oops, sorry. i guess it was a different renee! i am impressed that one of you being gluten free means you all are! (and apparently that book has gluten free recipes, which is why i thought you were the renee who wanted it!) :) nicola http://whichname.blogspot.com


        • renee

          renee on Jan. 30, 2010, 1 p.m.

          I will eat gluten outside our home and I will even occasionally buy an artisan loaf for the kids and I to eat at home. But I'm not going to becoming a bread baker when Damien can't eat it. His gluten/wheat (we're not sure totally yet) intolerance is good for me, it helps curb my consumption of bread and encourages me to eat more whole foods - beans and rice for example.


  • Jenn

    Jenn on Jan. 29, 2010, 7:26 a.m.

    "If you can get past the dense text and lack of decent formatting this is very worth your time to read"

    Umm...I thought that this was the best article in your list!! I loved it! I am going to read it aloud to my son (who told me the other day, "WHY do I have to get a job and have a house and bills? Why can't I just live in a tent and forage for food and hike and be happy?"...) and my other children and my husband...and of course, I will print it out for all those ladies in the homeschool group who teach every day, 8 hours a day, every subject and of course, every single person in my family and my husband's, who still, after 13 years, don't agree with homeschooling.

    Sigh. Thanks!! :0)


    • renee

      renee on Jan. 29, 2010, 12:41 p.m.

      To your son I'd say this Jenn "You don't have to get a house and a job and bills. Find a wife who will join you on your journey and live in a tent (or yurt) forage for food, grow a garden, hike and be happy my boy!"


  • kate

    kate on Jan. 29, 2010, 8:08 p.m.

    Thank you my friend, for the shout out. I'm gratitude blushing red enough to match my hair :)

    Love all the links to good reads-- I so trust your taste that I think you've just determined my in-between-books reading for the weekend. Love all the homeschooling food for thought-- and am patiently awaiting more words from YOU on this front mama:)

    happy weekend!


    • renee

      renee on Jan. 29, 2010, 10:01 p.m.

      that's some blush, you have lovely red hair. I loved that post of yours Kate and I LOVED your marriage post also but that will have to wait till next month.

      More homeschooling words will coming. Soon.


  • Annie

    Annie on Jan. 29, 2010, 8:18 p.m.

    Oh thank you for these lovely links. It is always nice to get a homeschoolers perspective on homeschooling. I still don't consider myself one because my guys are not school age.


  • Jena

    Jena on Jan. 31, 2010, 3:14 a.m.

    Hi Renee! Thanks for visiting me and linking to my post! It's nice to get to know you.

    I wanted to say just a tad about kids using real tools--YES! I always let my kids use the stove, power tools, you name it. But of course I trusted them and knew they understood the dangers, etc.


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