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.