We’ll just be getting home on Tuesday from what I hope was a great ski weekend in Salt Lake City, so I’m sharing a list of ten great links that have been sitting in my “must share” folder lately.
1. I’m a long time fan of all the Willis sisters, and you’ll be seeing Katherine Willis Pershey’s memoir on my best of 2012 list (which will come this week---see #10 below), but her essay Weep the Word Beautiful is a piece of wonder. “Words create reality”: how strongly I believe this and yet how careless I can be with my own words.
2. Speaking of care with words, last week I told Aidan for the 23628th time to put his shoes in our shoe bucket “because you’ve never heard that before”, and he turned and said very calmly, “You don’t need to be sarcastic.” Ouch. Note to self: I don’t want to be the sarcastic mom. I also don’t want to trip over shoes while doing laundry, but sarcasm isn’t going to get me there.
3. Above the boys’ bedroom drawer we have a quote by the great Albus Dumbledore: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Here’s the real reason I love that quote: The Trouble with Bright Kids from the Harvard Law Review.
4. My friend and mama-guru, Lori Pickert has started a series on her website that applies the same brilliant ideas from her book Project-Based Homeschooling to grownups. Cue the chorus of angels! The first two posts deal with time (or our perceived lack of it) and space. Both are brilliant and exactly what I need to read and reread this time of year. Lori’s reply to comments are also informative and inspiring---a rare thing in the blog world, so be sure to scroll down too.
The best way to increase the odds that your child will live a certain way is to live that way yourself. The best way to raise readers is to read. The best way to raise doers is to do.The best way to raise active, engaged learners is to be an active, engaged learner. — Lori Pickert, Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners
5. The bigs, Aidan & Sean, are obsessed with the song Gangnam Style, which they hear on their school bus daily. I’m thrilled to have this NASA version to share with them, with a big hat tip to Brene Brown for sharing it on her site.
6. But if I’m sharing short videos, this is the one I really want you to watch. Aidan received a book called The Incredible Book-Eating Boy from his godmother Angie on his first day of kindergarten and we have been in love with Oliver Jeffers ever since.
7. My favorite Valentine idea ever:http://inchmark.squarespace.com/inchmark/2011/2/11/valentines-2011.html Nolan made them last year---definitely easier for a smaller sized classroom, but I like these more than the store-bought (the bigs already claimed Hobbit ones) or the obviously-mom-made crafty ones.
8. They’re back! And so will my own Guess the Oscar Winners contest in about a week. Keep a look out. February will be one long giveaway-month!
9. I’m not supposed to be on Facebook---I gave it up for a year, but I’m often on there for work or other groups I’m working with and I like it. Not Facebook, but being on there for a bit and getting quickly off---and most of the time being able to resist posting anything.
All that said, my friend Jenny posted this link on Facebook called Curatives for Judgment. And I’m glad I read it.
10. I sent Angie and Mary Alice my Best of 2012 letter last week. Woo hoo, the new year finally began. I’ll be sharing bits of it here over the next week.