Here are some links to the things I’ve been reading lately

The Power of the Bedroom – This article is encouraging its readers to keep the master bedroom as a place of private retreat. I must admit my bedroom has two aspects of dumping – I dump my ironing there and I dump my education resources. I was hoping to get my resources into order during this study break but not sure I’m going to get there. I’ll keep working on it!

Letting Go of Curriculum Guilt – Samantha writes about something that I think hits nearly every homeschool mum. We need to see our curriculum as a resource to help us meet our goals – and if it is not – we need to let go…

It’s not what they do, its what you do about it that counts – never a truer reminder for parenting.

http://www.homeschoolhelper.com/brainstrategies.html – I’ve still got this webpage open in my browswer as I want to dig deeper but this article itself gave me something to think about – One question I asked myself was, “have I created an atmosphere were my children can make mistakes? And secondly, “How can I increase games, drama, music and art in our days?”

My friend, Jo at Quirky Cooking has inspired me to prepare lunches (well, I can’t see myself doing this everyday but once in a while) I’ve got heaps of eggs in the fridge so this maybe lunch today: Sunny Scalloped Eggs and Broccoli (or Silverbeet)

I’ve been planning lessons for our next study block so I visited this site again for a quick look around. Internet4Classrooms. I love the math skills help (look under Grade Level Help). I often get the kids to practice a skill using these online games.

Next week we start Scripture Memorisation – I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but haven’t got there. This week I decided to go with the ideas presented on Simply Charlotte Mason. She has outlined a simple and yet I believe effective system of both memorisation and review. She also lists some scripture verses (to which I am going to add family favourites or ones that come up in our life or study so it isn’t a stagnate list). I appreciate Sonja’s perspective here that scripture memorisation isn’t a party trick – it isn’t a performance – it is a spiritual discipline.

Since I’m going to be doing some scrapbooking over the next few days I’ve had a quick look at these few scrapbooking sites to be inspired:

Sketchy Thursdays

Pixels2pages (digital scrapbooking)

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