From my daughter Jess – isn’t it wonderful when our children grow in maturity that they can turn around and bless or challenge your heart:

Quote from AussieHomeschool facebook pageThe finest art of communication is not learning how to express your thoughts. It is learning how to draw out the thoughts of another. ~ Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart.  How often this aspect of communication is overlooked in our training.

Christian Fiction reading list.  I am trying to read more – not the snippets I read online but real books.  I’m trying to read more instructional/encouragement books as they  encourage my heart, sharpens my focus and helps me grow and I’m trying to read more fiction – mainly at nighttime, my relaxation.  It is easy to get caught up with the same authors or genres.  I appreciated Robyn’s list which had many different types of books, which I’ve never looked at before.  I’m going to earmark this for the next time I’m looking for a fiction book.

The Family that Works together – do you have projects around your house that needs to be done that you can involve your children in.  The rewards will be many.

Stress free camping – what a nice idea!!  We’re going camping soon so I’m on the lookout for as many tips as we can come across – do you have any?

Boy do I need to remember these tips:  Rules for Disagreeing!!  Thanks to Time for Tea Magazine.

and from Homeschooling the Easy Way this week:  How to build your library ,.

I posted this on my Lifestyle Homeschool Facebook page but not here on my blog.  My kids have had such a good time with this.  Learn the 10 Commandments in 5 minutes (It truly works!!)

Over the last week I’ve spoken to a few mums about learning to type   – here is an article from my website on that topic http://www.lifestyle-homeschool.com/learning-to-type.html

I’ve been enjoying Evernote for making digital lists.  I have lists for everything and I carry it around on my phone and have it synchronised on my desktop.  It has helped so much with a few family projects I have happening at the moment.

The other ‘technical tip’ I’ve been enjoying lately is a little Goggle tip.  If you want to find something from a particular website Google will find it for you – even if the website doesn’t have a search box for you to use.  Type the topic you are looking then the ‘site’ command which is:  site:[enter the website name]

For example – if I want to find everything I have written about conversations on Lifestyle Homeschool I can Google it by typing in:

Conversations site:lifestyle-homeschool.com

Check it out – I love it.  It is so quick and works on most sites.  (For searches on Homeschoolblogger you need to use the whole URL)

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