While the fall issue gets it final tweaks (subscribers should have it by the end of the weekend!), Shelli's sharing some of her favorite homeschool fun in this week's Stuff We Like.
My kids are growing, and so are my mornings as I have so much more to teach! But so far, so good. I really like All About Spelling Level 1, which I bought for my nine-year-old. It’s easy to use and thorough, and since he can already read, we’re moving quickly. I can tell it would be easy to use with younger kids too as I could just go at a slower pace, so I’m thinking of using it with my six-year-old next year. I’ll be buying Level 2 soon.
My nine-year-old and I went back to Life of Fred: Dogs, and we just finished, and I have ordered the next book! I’ve tried a lot of different math resources, but for my eldest, we’ve always returned to Life of Fred. It suits him.
But for practicing math facts, I finally found a cool little app that my son doesn’t mind playing. Check out Math vs. Zombies. It’s available on Apple products and Androids.
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What my boys would want to tell you about is Blocksworld. They can build anything on it and program their creations to do all sorts of movements and cool things. The more you play, the more functionality you get. Unfortunately, it’s only available on the iPad though.
on the blog: I love Tracy’s latest post about the autumn of unschooling.
pinterest: I’m going to have to show my sons some of these nerdy Halloween costume ideas that Amy has pinned.
future issue: And speaking of Halloween, that means more holidays are on their way. I am looking forward to seeing the Holiday Gift Guide in the next issue of home/school/life, which is usually full of unique gifts that are perfect for homeschoolers!
My six-year-old loves birds, so we’ve mostly been watching David Attenborough’s Life of Birds series. It’s phenomenal. (This is the third time we’ve watched it.) Before we started it, however, we watched Decoding Neanderthals, and we thought that was pretty fascinating too. For fun, we’ve been watching Iron Chef America. Netflix offers a “best of” series. (Okay, that’s not exactly a documentary, but the boys love it!)
For Kids: Right now I’m reading The Jungle Book to my nine-year-old, and we’re both thoroughly enjoying in.
For Adults: I finished reading Lalita Tademy’s book, Cane River, a fictional account about four generations of her Louisiana ancestors who endured slavery and the aftermath. I could tell you how much I liked it, but instead, I’m going to tell you that Stanford University just made this book required reading for all incoming freshmen in 2015. Need I say more?
And since I was talking so much about Cane River, my history professor husband told me I needed to read Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves In the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White. This is non-fiction and well researched. It’s not an easy read, but it’s an important work that everyone should read.
More problems for middle children, it’s time for a new world mythology, the polite protest myth, bringing back forgotten books, and more stuff we like.
Poolside reading, the future of work should make more sense, music that makes you nostalgic, an immigrant story that actually made me smile, and more stuff we like.
Soothing the battered soul, Roman mysteries, weird classics, and more stuff we like.
Summer reading, Victorian murders, why we should keep asking big questions, Angela Chase for Congress, and more stuff we like.
Why quitting isn’t so bad after all, Facebook as a shortcut for emotional labor, what happened to all our internet time-wasters, and more stuff we like.
The problem with reading levels, literary cartoons, the power of travel, art in the age of postcolonialism, books, and more stuff we like.
Considering motherhood as a genre and not just a subject, why we love annotating books (at least some of us!), the secret charm of internet ghost towns, British television, and more stuff we like.
A remarkable charm bracelet, perceptions of “whiteness” in ancient Greece, possibly my new favorite headline ever, and more stuff we like.
Why food tastes better in bowls, a new Nancy Drew series, an India unit study, consider checking your cellar for dead poets, and more stuff we liked this week.
Reading to children to save ourselves, craft theory in the wild, revisiting the ERA in the era of #metoo, and more stuff we like.
How stories can change systems, misogyny on the internet comes from misogyny in real life, classics on Twitter, and more stuff we like.
Judging other people by their bookshelves, the culinary pleasures of Jewish cuisine, your patriarchy paycheck due, and more stuff we like.
What intersectional Confederate history can look like, the philosophical punch of Black Panther, science books for kids, and more stuff we like.
Lots of spring break movies, a new citizen science project, better-late-than-never obituaries for women, and more stuff we like.
Why our best friends are so much more than friends, what would W.E.B. DuBois think about the Black Panther, and more stuff we liked.
Harry Potter in Scots, more reasons to love Adam Rippon, enjoying art when you can't like the artist, obsessing a little too much over the correct reading order of Madeleine L'Engle's books, and more stuff we like.
Killer fashion (literally), how to do a better job navigating the situation if you find yourself in a Broadway musical, a little love for the world's rule followers, and more stuff we like.
Our current homeschool obsession, understanding the whole "dimensions" thing, the joys of loving RuPaul, a really lovely tribute to the Challenger's lost teacher in space, and more stuff we like.
All the links, books, and other stuff that are inspiring our homeschool life this week.
Snow days, why all those books you haven't read yet deserve a spot on your shelf, why are there so many terrible history books for your Kindle, recent reading, and more stuff we like.