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Monday Pep Talk No. 33

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home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

3 FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK

Commemorate Richter Scale Day (on Tuesday) by building your own seismograph.

Save the Frogs Day (Saturday) was created to raise awareness about the threat of frog extinction—a real possibility if certain environmental factors don’t change. Nature’s Frogs: The Thin Green Line make a good introduction to the subject.

Take a cue from the spring issue of home | school | life, and celebrate William Randolph Hearst’s birthday (on April 29) by watching American Experience: The Battle over Citizen Kane, a fascinating look at the battle that raged around one of the world’s great movies. (There are more Citizen Kane resources in the spring issue.)

 

3 IDEAS FOR THIS WEEK’S DINNERS

I think these artichoke gratin toasts might be one of my favorite spring recipes.

Upgrade your standard side salad with this pea, feta, and prosciutto salad, and your regular grilled chicken rotation will feel new and exciting again.

There is some advanced kitchen puttering involved in making Rick Bayless’s creamy enchiladas with chicken, tomatoes and green chile, but if you’ve got a lazy day at home on the calendar, they’re worth the effort.

 

ONE GREAT READALOUD

Celebrate Children’s Day / Book Day—El dia de los niños / El da de los libros—a.k.a. Dia—a multicultural celebration of the joys of reading by reading Tomas and the Library Lady, the true story of a child of migrant workers who discovers new worlds with the help of a kind librarian. The author, Pat Mora, established Dia in 1996, which makes this year its 20th birthday.

 

ONE THOUGHT TO PONDER

I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU NEED SOMETHING STRONGER THAN INSPIRATION)

icy-cool green tea mojitos