Around the Web:
Learning Theology through Catechism, Imagination and Song
It felt like this article was titled to catch my attention. Bethany Blankley writes beautifully about various tools for building an understanding of truth in children.
- But the reading of literature reinforced what I knew by awakening my imagination to learn about character and virtues to which I could aspire.
You should read the rest. Read more.
Readers on Reading
- The most enjoyable part of my reading life is when I stumble across the rare gem of a book that makes me want to slow down, put my feet up, and soak it in.
It’s always good to learn from the way others read. Read more.
Lewis on Contextualization
Justin Taylor has some really beneficial quotes from Lewis about communicating truth.
- Our business is to present that which is timeless (that which is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow) in the particular language of our own age…”
Really pertinent as I think about communicating the gospel to my kids. Read more.
I Am TOM. I Like to Type. Hear That?
Perhaps you’ve seen the Tom Hanks / Meg Ryan neo-classic You’ve Got Mail. That film features a journalist named Frank who, the antithesis to Tom Hanks’ business man, is obsessed with archaic technology: typewriters. So, this ode to typewriters by Mr. Hanks himself is all-the-more humorous:
- I am well versed in the focus-stealing racket one can make with a vintage manual typewriter. I use a manual typewriter — and the United States Postal Service — almost every day. My snail-mail letters and thank-you notes, office memos and to-do lists, and rough — and I mean very rough — drafts of story pages are messy things, but the creating of them satisfies me like few other daily tasks.
He goes on for TWO pages. Read more.
Around the Warren:
I Love You… No Matter What
Greg Lucas allowed us to republish this fantastic post that originated at his blog.
- Almost daily I have to physically restrain my son. It is a physical battle to change his diaper and clean his body. Many times while cleaning and changing him I have been kicked in the face, bitten, smacked, clawed, or hit with flying objects. It is not all that uncommon to come away from a cleanup with a bloody lip or a new scratch.
If you missed it, go read it. You will probably cry. I did. Read more.
On Food and Sacrament and Making Memories
David Kern brings a brilliant post about the rhythms and worship you can find in simple things like food.
- We had one of those quintessentially North Carolinian evenings today, the kind where the air hangs low between the oaks and the magnolias, warm enough to be felt but cool enough to be pleasant. The sky was as blue and clear as any Carolina blue could be and the recent rain we’ve had has led to some very happy plants. Our humble yard was a tapestry of vibrant color and a symphony of summer sounds (the cicadas were out tonight in full force, singing with the crickets, some age old Southern Gothic, I’m sure).
As the member of my family most likely to be done eating first, this was a real eye-opener. Read more.
Does Expanding Your Child’s Vocabulary Matter?
S.D. Smith wrote about vocabulary and children.
- Vocabulary doesn’t just help children do well on verbal exams. Studies have solidly established the correlation between vocabulary and real-world ability.
I’ll cease being loquacious. Go Read more.
Something to Try with Your Kids:
Build A Climbing Wall
This fun project comes to us from Daniel Howe. He built a climbing wall on his garage. This is awesome.
And Something Fun to Watch
If you and your kids ever wondered what a gaffer was, this short film answers that question and more:
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