On my bedside table (and, in my Feedly) – part 6

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And, everything that I have read is a part of me.

So, in that spirit, I periodically share with you what I’ve been reading, both books on my bedside table and links that pop up in my Feedly. While the heart and soul of this blog is bilingual parenting, there are other topics that interest me.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. And, you? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

Inspired by Cristina’s blog on “Montessori-ing” your home (yes, I just made up that word), I have begun reading more about alternative educational methods, including homeschooling, and more specifically, homeschooling in Spain (which, interestingly enough, is the word Spaniards use for the idea).  Did you know (I didn’t) that some 2,000 – 4,000 children are homeschooled in Spain? You can read more about it here (in Spanish).

Or, interested in learning about other types of educational alternatives in Spain, besides homeschooling? Check out the website for the Plataforma por la Libertad Educativa.

A first-hand experience with the Finnish school system (in Spanish).

And, for my English readers, this article provides some balanced (i.e. positive) press on the benefits and advantages of homeschooling.

(In case you’re wondering, no I wasn’t homeschooled. I’m a product of public American schools, and I was a public school teacher for almost eight years.)

Don’t be afraid: texting is not ruining the English language!  “It’s a separate entity entirely and should be  treated as such.”

For my next trip to Madrid I must try these five craft beers from Spain’s capital. ¡Qué ricas!

Any American hip-hop/rap fans? The radical Christianity of rapper super star Kendrick Lamar.

My favorite singer, Sufjan Stevens, releases his latest album this month. A recent interview with him, about the album, about his late mother, and grieving. Read it here.

I just finished reading my first Kindle book (gulp, true confession): Creciendo Juntos by the Spanish equivalent of America’s Dr. William Sears, Carlos González, an advocate of what we call in English “Attachment Parenting.” I read it mostly for the vocabulary of parenting (see this previous post). I’ve never heard anyone use the New Testament parable of the Prodigal Son as an example of how to treat and love our own children. Food for thought.

Because I love food, and in preparation for Easter (Pascua), a convent recipe book. (You may remember this post and this one on food as both a representation of our culture and as an act of love.)

Now I’m hungry.

What are you reading now? What would you recommend I read? Comment below!

 

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