Paper and Mind, Or What I’m Reading Lately

A collection of interesting reads from around the web. Charlotte Mason, homeschooling, etc.

Okay, I will just fess up- I bookmarked these back in August! But my summer -and apparently Fall!-was busy. The very last two are newer.

The mind clearing magic of Japan’s pen-and-paper “planner culture” Say it with me: “Bullet-Journal” Really, we are always trying to find the next best way to organize and plan. My first bujo was started Jan. 2015. The last entry in my 2016 bujo was probably from …. September?

But there is just something about paper.

This actually reminded me of a ‘brain dump’. I heard about this over the summer as well but I’ve never actually done one. I’m worried if I dump it, I won’t have anything left! 😉 Just kidding… but really. Mystie Winckler’s site talks about brain dumps as ‘audits’ and I like the sound of that better.

The Artwork on the Walls of Our Minds – “…there is nothing practical about memorizing poetry, but there is something beautiful about knowing a poem by heart.”

One thing that we seem to have neglected in our homeschool was memorization*. We did picture study and composer study, where you look or listen intently so as to have the work in your mind. In the art gallery of your mind. Or the music hall.

I think the same can be said of memorizing hymns. Which reminds me… Donna-Jean (from AO) wrote on this.

*(My son is a senior; my daughter graduated years ago {lol officially 2014, technically 2015})

Alzheimer’s Disease: Piecing Together the Evidence – This is from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which offers a lot of free science resources. According to this, and many other experts agree, there is no treatment or cure. It is a result of a mutation and environmental factors. The brain’s cerebral cortex and hippocampus are the parts of the brain that we use to learn and remember. In Alzheimer’s patients, the neurons die, the brain shrinks and these important areas deteriorate. It begins in the hippocampus, where our memories are stored. This is where the connections we make during learning are stored.

No one in my family has Alzheimer’s. No one in my family has had dementia, either. But sometimes my husband and kids joke that I will be the one to have this. Unfortunately, it really isn’t funny. The linked course is a bit technical and scientific but definitely has good information. If you are studying genes and DNA, this would be a good supplement.

Speaking of learning, I did a post in March about learning styles that goes along with this next link.

Schole Sisters: Learning Styles are Bunk! – Schole Sisters is a podcast that I’ve just recently been able to listen to. This is probably nothing new to the rest of the world but I’m so late to the podcast craze! Audio just doesn’t get far with me; I zone out. But I know there is much to be learned this way.

This episode states boldly that learning styles are bunk! I felt like they were talking about my post! Unfortunately they’d not even seen the post, let alone read it. But no matter. I felt vindicated.

I’ll add another podcast that’s new-to-me-but-probably-old-news-for-everyone-else: Circe Institute Podcast Network. I actually may have posted once or twice about this already, most likely for The Mason Jar with Cindy Rollins. Admittedly I was only interested in it for that series but have come away with a treasure from the other offerings.

Those are my offerings for this post.

I would love to know what you’ve been reading lately- online or in-hand- so leave a comment below.

~North Laurel

North Laurel (46 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens. She holds a M. Ed. in Leadership and is the founder of the small Wildwood CM Community Co-op and is working to open Wildwood Community School. You can read her other thoughts at North Laurel's Musings.

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