Weekend Web Wandering – April 18, 2015

I didn’t get the usual links post up last week because I spent Friday and Saturday at the homeschool convention downtown. It was a great time: inspiring seminars, browsing (and buying) at the vendor hall, and meeting new friends. (So thankful for the chance to meet my blogging friend Dawn in person for the first time!)

But, here it is Saturday again so let’s get on with our usual linkage. I’ll warn you: there are a lot of links this week (missing a week will do that!)
weekend web wandering

  • How to Read Aloud Every Day by Sarah Mackenzie for Simple Homeschool. The GHC last week was my first opportunity to hear Sarah in person. We have some mutual blog friends but I haven’t followed her blog or work much before now. I think that will change now, she was lovely and authentic and relatable. (And I was occasionally thinking things like, “Hey, I’ll have six kids too! So what’s my excuse for why haven’t I written a book yet?”)
  • Keeping the Spark Alive in Middle and High School by Heather Woodie for Simple Homeschool. In some ways the mission is unchanged, but there are new challenges and joys to discover in these years.
  • On Rigor and Rest by Andrew Kern for CiRCE Institute. This post may help explain why I always try to attend as many of Kern’s seminars as I can at the GHC. (HIGHLY recommend his work to you. If you have a chance to hear him: TAKE IT.)
  • The Hidden Gems Found in Homeschoolers’ Mistakes by Chelli at The Planted Trees. These mistakes are often where we do our growing.
  • Government Preschool is Really About Re-Engineering Society by Joy Pullmann for The Federalist. Here’s a line I wish more people would understand (and not just about preschool age children): “In short, little people, like all people, do not all fit neatly into someone’s mass program. They have individual temperaments, growth rates, and needs.”
  • Books About Books, With Book Lists from Semicolon. Wondering what to read (or read to your kids) next? These books will help.
  • Navigating the World of Teen Reading by Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles. Speaking of what to read next. I read this a few years ago but it may be time to read it again, now that we actually have a bona fide teenager. (The kind who has already tackled the unabridged Les Miserablesfor fun.) Keeping this girl in books can be a full time occupation.
  • What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? Fun quiz for my fellow homeschool parents. My top 3 results were Classical, Montessori, and Charlotte Mason, which sounds about right to me. I got a -17 on “Traditional Education.” Which also sounds right. Have you taken the quiz? What were your scores?



Here at Living Unabridged I’ve recently shared A Compromise in the Screen Time War (a review of a great new resource for parents), The Heart-Work of Pregnancy, and How to Make Your Homeschool Days Colorful.

So, there you have it: two weeks worth of links to keep you busy until the next links round-up.

What caught your eye this week?

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  1. So many links! Yay! I loved the rest and rigor. Also, homeschooler mistakes. I can say that I have made every single one, and my conclusions are exactly the advice given. I wish someone had sat me down and explained it to me when I was beginning. Would I have listened? I don’t know.

    Christian fiction? Completely agree with you. I am having a hard time finding books to read lately. I want a well crafted story with engaging language. So many of the books coming out are poorly written with shallow plot lines. I also don’t need a series. Just give me a stand alone novel.

    My sister has 6 children as well. She travels to Canada frequently where she tells me people look at her family like they are a freak show. Large families are wonderful. She tells people that all her children will be paying their social security so be they need to be thankful. Ha!

    Off to read more links! Thanks for linking my rant. I wrote it after I read yet another blog about attracting millennials to worship. I was frustrated and needed to get it off my chest. :)