And now, for some bloggy announcements.
October means 31 Days!
In October, I’ll be joining The Nester’s 31 Days series meme on both blogs. Here at Simply Convivial, I’ll be sharing 31 Days of an Organized Homeschool. I’ll be sharing some real-life, non-cutesy ways I’ve organized the stuff associated with homeschooling here at our house.
Being organized isn’t about being impressive; it’s just about not being continually frustrated and annoyed at yourself and your stuff.
Over at Simple Pantry Cooking, I’m excited to share grocery shopping tips I’ve gleaned and used over the years. 31 Days to Simplified Grocery Shopping will help you minimize the mental drain that conscientious food management often entails.
Book Club! Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith
It seems this book has taken the classical education circles by storm, and I’m excited to be hosting a discussion of it with several homeschooling mom bloggers. I hope you’ll be one of them!
We’ll take the book slowly, discussing one or two subsections per week. In December I’ll post the official schedule.
In the book, James Smith discusses how real education is a shaping of affections and desires, that worship is fundamental, and that liturgies (habits) are more formative than instruction. Our book club will not only be theoretical and philosophical, but also discuss how these ideas might work themselves out practically in a homeschool setting. I have the feeling we’ll be encouraged that the homeschool is an ideal setting for the sort of formative practices the book will lay out.
You can hear several free talks given by Smith at the Society for Classical Learning’s conference, and Christopher Perrin also has an interview with him available to watch. It really is worth the time to listen to. This is real classical education, maturing beyond the “poll-parrot” stage.
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GTD for Homemakers, new and improved
Last year’s 31 Days series, 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers, remains very popular. I’ve compiled it, edited it, and formatted it into an eBook. During the month of October, the pdf will available for free download (the link will be at the end of each 31 Days post). Then, in November, I’m going to try out the Kindle Select program which lets it be borrowed for Prime members, according to the terms of the program, then, it will be available for free for a week but unavailable in any other format during that time. After that, I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. :) In January it will probably be available for purchase in both pdf and Kindle formats, but the blog series will stay up and freely available.
Nota Bene: My husband is my graphics designer. Didn’t he do a great job?!