Monday Links & Language

September 10, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Filed under: , , ,

New Thicklebit: Tats for Tots.

New interview: Writing on the Sidewalk.

Foreign language app we are finding irresistible, with a deliciously mockable edge: Earworms. (I learned about it at GeekMom. Rose and Beanie are using the German; Jane, the Japanese. Rose likes it so much she ponied up her own funds for the Arabic.)

Other resources Jane is using to learn Japanese (answering Ellie‘s question from my learning notes blog): Pimsleur Approach audio program (check your library for these); Free Japanese Lessons; Learn Japanese Adventure (another free site).

I had such a fun time yesterday recording a Brave Writer podcast with Julie Bogart and her son. I’ll let you know when it goes live! The Prairie Thief is the October selection for Brave Writer’s Arrow program—a monthly digital language arts curriculum featuring a different work of fiction in each installment. Brave Writer is one of the first resources I ever gushed about on this blog, way back in 2005. 🙂 And as you’ll discover in the podcast, Julie Bogart was the blogger who inspired me to start Bonny Glen in the first place!

 


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  1. Ellie says:

    Ooo! The Free Japanese Lessons site looks like a great place to start, thanks!

  2. maria says:

    Fun! Off to listen to the Podcast.
    By the way, my kids and I were at B&N this weekend and grabbed our very own copy of The Prairie Theif! (insert gleefully spinning smiley here) Oh it is wonderfully lovely and I really like the colours of the hardback. (yep, I’m one of those folks that enjoy the outside of a book almost as much as the inside) 🙂

  3. Haley says:

    Do you share the link to your learning notes blog? I’d be interested!…

  4. Melissa Wiley says:

    Haley, it’s unschoolish.blogspot.com. The old Bonny Glen Up Close revamped, then largely ignored. 🙂 I have sudden bursts of activity, recording productive days, and then for months I’ll forget it exists. But I suppose even a patchy record is a record. 🙂