We had our term end exams last week.  (Actually, to be honest, both term one and term two’s exams, as I forgot to assess our oldest right before we went to China.)  I learned what I need to work on as a teacher (geography) and where he struggles as a student (largely issues of perfectionism.) I’m excited to begin term three immediately after Christmas and to finish up in March.
I’ve been doing a small word study on the word “learn” in the Bible, as next year I want to dedicate to learning several skills and topics.  The Bible tells us in many places what God wants us to learn or how He wants us to learn.
 We read a poem this week in school that speaks about learning and living and the life that is well-lived.
By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do.
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always straight and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you make a start
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrapbook of your heart.
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it ere you give.Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
as you pass along the way:
For the pleasures of many
May be oft times traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.
Now, because I’ve already shared my book list with you,  I’ll share my TOP-SECRET resources for self-education.  That basically anyone with access to internet can find.  But it’s more fun to call them TOP SECRET. Full disclosure: this idea is not my own.  Ann Voskamp used to have a sidebar link-up with a list of 20 or so sites four or five years ago, but many of the links are dead or discontinued now.
We don’t visit these every day, but every day that we do visit them, we are inspired and learn something new.
Daily Audio Bible (adult or child’s version) for when I’m cooking in the kitchen and need just a MOMENT.
Daily Bible Art (if you scroll down to the right, there’s a new featured piece of biblical art every day.
Wordsmith’s Word of the Day (my kids’ favorite! They go around the house trying to use the word of the day in any way possible.)
Writer’s Almanac (What would good Minnesotans do without Garrison Keillor, after all?)
Classics in Concert Because sometimes a good classical concert can calm nerves of all members of the concert.
Earth & Sky Today’s Image  Quite often just gorgeous photography that inspires and causes creativity.
Google Arts and Culture A hodge-podge of art, music, nature, and current events.
Astronomy Picture of the Day  This is the area where I get my daily dose of humble.
This Day In History History is something I’m learning to love and appreciate.  I’m making more daily connections now.
 Here are a few sites that I visit also….not on a daily basis, but maybe weekly, maybe monthly—depending on the season and stage of life I’m in.
What are your favorite places to visit to learn something new?

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