Shelli’s got a great roundup of stuff that’s making her family’s homeschool life happier this month.
in our homeschool
My eldest son hates to write with a pen or pencil, and he complains that his hand hurts. I’ve heard other homeschooling parents say their child has a similar problem, so I thought I’d share what is working for us right now. Calligraphy! I just bought him this calligraphy pen set, workbook, and paper, and now he likes practicing handwriting! He might just end up with the best handwriting in the house.
winning christmas present
My boys received several very cool and parent-appreciated gifts this Christmas, and one of my favorites is the Zoob 500 piece building set. We already had a 250-piece set, and I knew my boys, especially my six-year-old, would love to have more pieces. He is always building things and using them to play make-believe, and as I suspected, the extra pieces are being put to good use.
around the web
on the blog: I love Lisa’s Making Your Wellness a Priority
on the web: As an introvert and a parent of introverts, I think this course, Parenting Quiet Kids, looks very interesting. I don’t know that I’ll sign up, so if you do, please let me know what you think!
I’m reading Treasure Island to my nine-year-old. The vocabulary can be very difficult, and I have to explain a lot to him, but it’s also a swashbuckling good time.
We received My Father’s Dragon for Christmas, and both my boys love it! It’s very hard to find books that engage both the nine-year-old and six-year-old at the same time, so if you have any suggestions similar to this book, please let me know.
For my adult read, I’m enjoying The Best American Travel Writing 2013. My friend loaned it to me, and she said each chapter felt like going on a little trip. I agree.
For fun: Chopped (One collection is on Netflix.)
For my alone time: Downton Abbey (Amazon Prime)
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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.
What it's like to think like a bee, erasing women in the workplace, the messy magic of the home office, fantastic books, and more stuff we like.
Life before the Internet, the importance of real journalism, transitioning back to homeschool after a break, some recent readalouds, and more stuff we like.
Literary resolutions, how to stop wanting everyone you meet to like you, the end of the period, and more stuff we like.
The true identity (?) of Sherlock Holmes, an amazing woman who survived an Arctic expedition in the 1920s, the depressingly long history of fighting back against harassment, and more stuff we like. Happy Holidays!
Snow! Plus the homeschoolers of Harvard, weird interstellar space objects, the top kid/YA books of 2017, and more Stuff We Like.
The SEA conference is coming this summer, the nine circles of hell for linguistic sins, the history of the packaged sandwich in Britain, and more Stuff We Like.
A new classics list that's actually diverse, why we should be worried about net neutrality, the psychological impact of silent reading, and more stuff we like.
Thanksgiving baking, the Russian Bronte sisters, investigating the zombie diseases of climate change, and more stuff we like.
The life of a homework assignment, when you love the work of a writer who is impossible to love otherwise, why canceling plans feels so good, and more stuff we like.
Life lessons from Russian literature, person-centered language, 21 great books for fall, and more stuff we like.