Noteworthy Links: Stuff To Do Edition

I’m getting five people ready to drive thousands of miles. I’ve got lots of stuff to do. I imagine you do too, but, since you are here, I hope you found a moment to relax. Here are a few good things you might want to add to your list:

Woman Lying on a Bench, 1913 by Carl Larsson

Enjoy nature: Get Outside! Things To Do With Your Kids Outdoors

Stay connected:  Should homeschoolers stick with the system?

Keep sanity:  Ten Commandments for the Homeschool Mom

Find resources: 25 Homeschool Websites You Should Have Bookmarked


Noteworthy Links: Freedom Edition

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; by I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? (Luke 12:27-28)

Earn a free book: Barnes & Noble

5 ideas to achieve financial freedom: Frugal for beginners

Free K-12 lesson plans: America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty

Freedom from fear: Conversation: Fear’s the First Step of Faith

Freedom to grow: Developing Christian Character Through Gardening, a unit study


Noteworthy Links: New Song Edition

While dusting, scrubbing, polishing, I listen, ponder, pray. The vacuum hums and my voice rises. I cannot hear myself yell as the same song blares over and over.

This could be all about just letting go
This could be all about just holding on

Musique by Gustav Klimt

I can’t get my feet off of the ground
I wanna run but I don’t know how
Can you reach me here and pull me out

Two-hundred-year-old wood gleams under the mop, and my heart gets a swipe or two by my first love. He reminds me of the words heard in my sleep last night.

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

I leave the pristine doll house to return to my own home. I step upon the dirty porch and enter a room full of commotion. Children run to greet me. As their arms reach around my neck, I remember there is a song in Heaven for them too. I cannot sing it to them, but I can help them learn to hear it.

To do so, we need both wonder and order in our days.

Wonder

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Order and Wonder, or the most frequently asked question! -Leila answers, “What curriculum do you use?” Her conclusion inspires.

Diary of 1: The Masters and the Classics -Jennifer starts the day with music and art. She shares her idea and resources.

Holy Experience: {How to Make an Easter Tree} A Pilgrimage to the Cross -Ann Voskamp hangs art upon a tree. The passion captured with beauty.

Order

Color Me Orange: This is the best system EVER! -Jess organizes her school day with a box and envelopes. Tasks completed with joy (usually).

Squidoo Lens: Mini Offices -Jimmie opens up the idea that expands upon lapbooking. She includes everything needed to create a portable reference for your children.

Knowledge Quest: Homeschooling with Toddlers -Terri Johnson shares her strategies and ideas for teaching with little ones. Protect your house from markers and sister’s hair from scissors

More links can be found at my Noteworthy page.

I hope melodies of joy chime in your heart today.


Noteworthy Links: Announcement Edition or What Was I Thinking?

What was I thinking?! Oh, I wasn’t. I blame it on not looking at the calendar.

I’m thrilled to host the next issue of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I’m excited to participate in another Twitter Homeschool Chat. But they are back to back. That’s a lot of hours in front of the computer!

Busy Day Perpetual CalendarInstead of drooling incoherently at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, I decided to work ahead. Yes, even I’m shocked! The theme for the carnival has been chosen. Now I just need your articles.

Carnival of Homeschooling

If you’ve never participated in a blog carnival, please let me explain. A carnival is simply a post full of links, an online magazine of sorts, but you submit the links. It’s an opportunity to introduce your blog and hopefully meet some new friends.

All you need to do is fill out this form at Blog Carnival or use this format at Why Homeschool. Then I compile the links into an interesting and easy-to-read format. (At least, that’s my plan.) I look forward to showcasing your articles!

Twitter Chat

But before the carnival publishes, I join Dana for our third Twitter Homeschool Chat. The second Monday of the month we gather on Twitter to encourage one another. Last month, Ms. B shared tips for teaching writing and inspired us all. This Monday, March 9th from 8-10 CST, our focus is teaching children in different stages.

I hope you can come share your ideas. I need some tips. My little girls “explode” the bedroom while I work on lessons with their older brother. (Picture to follow.)

Twitter is simple to join and for chats I use TweetChat. After you log in, enter the Homeschool Chat hashtag, #hsc. You will be able to see and respond to everyone who is there. If you have any questions, please ask. I am happy to help.

More Noteworthy

Next weekend I’ll share more links from my Noteworthy page. I do want to mention a unit study for St. Patrick’s Day though. It helps to have things like that on your calendar.


Noteworthy Links: Lent Reflections Edition

Focused reflections began this week. Simple acts are bringing meaning to conversations. A few questions reveal my youngest doesn’t understand Easter. She knows of Jesus’ birth, but gathering colorful eggs overshadows the resurrection.

Woman with a Candle by Godfried Schalken Or Schalcken

I wonder what clouds life for me? Scraps of paper begging for check marks? Vain imaginations wrangling thoughts? Letter keys clanking in the silence? My eyes are dimmed by the temporal, the only foundation I can taste and touch, see and smell.

Day by day, I attempt to explain the eternal. To live for the eternal.

My children squint with me as we look towards the light. Candles illumine our faces as we read Desiring God Christian Resource Library: Lenten Lights.

I need this light. I need the light of truth to fill me with grace and wisdom. I’ll start by continuously remembering the life of another, the One who came from eternity.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who…humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)