In other news...
- Did you know "test-taking" is the best way to learn? There was an article from the New York Times making the rounds in the Ambleside Yahoo group last week, and I thought I'd share it here: To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test. Why does this interest Ambleside mommies? Well, because the "test" being referenced which is so helpful to learning, which they also referred to as "retrieval practice," is very similar to...Charlotte Mason's practice of narration, which is foundational to the CM method.
- Apparently there was a "sign war" between a Catholic church and a Presbyterian church somewhere. The Catholics won, hands down. Too funny! (HT: Ellen)
- My children are young enough that the whole college discussion seems a long way off. However, I really appreciated the post from Kim over at Large Family Logistics. She titled it "testing" but what I took away from it was more about college than whether or not to give children standardized tests. I keep hoping that the college bubble will burst before we get to that age. Maybe then we'll be able to afford a real college education, instead of the jump-through-the-hoops sort.
- I've been checking out the Schwarzbein Principle. A woman my parents know recovered her thyroid function this way. I would love to get off of my thyroid meds. We'll see. This is not the only avenue I'm exploring.
- Have a child with learning disabilities? Rebecca from Leading Little Hearts Home hosted a fabulous guest post last week, Healing and Hope for Struggling Learners.
- Ever been poor? Cindy wrote a wonderful, perfect post on being "middle class poor" in the church. I especially appreciated her description of how the church unconsciously puts pressure on the poor to spend money. Personally, I have experienced more than once the feeling that we could not "afford" to really be a part of a Chrstian community.