Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend Links - January 28, 2012

Blogging has been light around here. I don't have a good explanation for this other than I have plenty to say, I just don't want to say it.

So, on to the links:

1. Online Games for Homeschool Math. I had never heard of any of these but I think we need to add a few to our "kid online" repertoire.

2. When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? This reminds me to point out once again that Paul Revere did NOT actually say, "The British are coming!" (Which would have been like saying, "We're coming!" He is supposed to have said, "The Regulars are coming" (that is, the Army). Another thing I think is interesting about the American English vs. British English discussion is related to the movie Gone with the Wind (bear with me here): there was a bit of a fuss about a British young woman winning the Scarlett O'Hara role (although, seriously, can you imagine anyone other than Vivien Leigh in that part?!) Anyway, considering that Scarlet's father was supposed to be Irish and that in 1860 it had been less than a hundred years since the Revolutionary War...I'm thinking that Vivien Leigh's Southern accent got it pretty close.

End of this diversion and on to the next link. (Hey, it is called "Candid Diversions", after all)

3. Why Can't Some People See Magic Eye Pictures? I can't. But maybe I'll follow that post's advice and try to improve my technique. I really thought all you who claimed to see something in those patterns were making it up all these years.

4. Think your grocery trip is costing you more than it used to? You're right.

5. This was all over the interwebs this week: John Tyler's Grandsons are still alive. Yes, as in our 10th President John Tyler.

6. This post is thought provoking: How Much Do You Ask Your Older Kids to Help? I still have unresolved feelings about this question so Philip and I try to be very deliberate in what we require of our oldest children (and how we reward and or discipline about those requirements).

7. Here's another great parenting post: It Won't Always Be Like This. This is great news for those of us with more than one "strong willed child".

8. I always appreciate Jamie's open and thoughtful posts. This is a good one: When a Homeschool Mom Sends a Child to Public School. Here's what I think is the heart of her post:
I’m never really in control of my child’s education (or anything else), but God is.
See, some homeschool advocates have fallen into the trap of suggesting that, if you homeschool the "right way" (whatever that is, and they're perfectly willing to tell you all the ways you're doing it wrong) your children are guaranteed to turn out right.

Unfortunately that is simply not true. I love homeschooling. I love it for our family. I want to encourage as many parents as are able to at least try it (I usually say it is both easier and harder than you think). But I have no illusions that it makes our family perfect or will produce perfect adults at age 18.

Now then, that got a little heavier than I intended. On to a few pins!

Love this room set up with the long wall.

This would make a great Valentine's Day breakfast:

We like to cut our PB&J sandwiches with a heart cookie cutter but it never occurred to me to cut toast with a cookie cutter - that seems like a great Valentine's idea even if you don't paint on the words.

So, did you stumble on to anything interesting this week? Feel free to share in the comments.
This post is linked to Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.

4 comments:

Staci said...

Ooh, I love those hidden pictures...haven't seen one in years! Thanks for linking up!

Kristen said...

Love the price analysis. It's so true! Great links, as usual!

Karin said...

It took me a long time and determination and I FINALLY saw the 3D effect. Love that kids room - if I had to do it over again!

Elisabeth said...

I really needed the "It won't always be like this" post!

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