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)
Children’s book protagonists grow up (with bonus Matilda!), lots of knitting, great Halloween readaloud ideas, and more stuff we like.
New words for your favorite dictionary, an award for books that should have been recognized sooner (and a worthy winner!), ideas for your high school reading list, and more stuff we like.
Why is college so expensive, feminist myth retellings, considering the future of biography, and more stuff we like.
Philosophy at the movies, the privilege of evacuation, read a book and save the world, and more stuff we like.
Librarians are always going to be the coolest people in a room, another reason to brave the Ikea parking lot, John Quincy Adams’s forgotten epic, calling out sexism in reading lists, and more stuff we like.
Privilege can be a good thing if you use it the right way, how do you find new music, how to take a real vacation, and more stuff we like.
The radical power of the bake sale, celebrating the legacy of Little Women, back-to-homeschool season, recent reads, and more stuff we like.
Martha Gellhorn is so much cooler than Hemingway, changing representations of women’s roles in pop culture, the handwriting of famous people, the last week of our curriculum sale, and more in this week’s edition of Stuff We Like.
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.