I am really excited to share what I listened to on my NEW i-pod. My husband ordered me one and it arrived the day before we left town. He set it up and showed me how to download (yes, I know, I am WAY behind the technology train). I am so glad he did! Remember the 9 1/2 hour trip (one way) I mentioned below? Well, I got to spend most of it listening to homeschool workshops. A friend sent me an email a few months ago, asking me if I had heard of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo. I checked it out, and decided to buy a ticket. I did not get to listen to any of the talks live, and have tried to listen to a few on the computer, but just have not had the time. So, I downloaded 16 different workshops on my i-pod, and listened and took notes. It was really great! I took about 15 pages of notes, and my head is spinning from different ideas that I can't wait to try out. If you can get past the moderators excessive use of the word "neat" and the tendency of every speaker to use the phrase "eksetera", it really is worth the time to listen. It was just the kick in the pants I needed to get me motivated to finish working on our plans for the fall, and to take another look at our routines and daily rule. I also got through most of Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, and found it to be a very helpful tool. It was a very productive trip, and I will be sharing more about what I learned if future posts.
A quick addition: I just received an email from Ultimate Homeschool Expo, and they are featuring a weekend of talks about getting organized for the new school year. Check it out, looks good! You can listen live for free, or purchase a ticket if you want to access the talks later as downloads.