Perhaps the best part of this time of year is seeing all the critters around our house make homes and raise families of their own.
Right now we have a cardinal mama sitting in a nest right outside our living room window! When my eight-year-old discovered her making the nest, we got all giddy! I'm going to post whatever pictures I can on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us there for updates.
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Speaking of music, my husband has been talking up the Songza app, and I think it's pretty cool too. It has some ready-made playlists for all your listening preferences! I only wish I had more time to listen.
My five-year-old loves dinosaurs. Does that surprise you? My husband has been telling him stories about Dig Dig the Dinosaur every night for about two years, but lately he has found some relief by showing my son these funny dino comics instead. (Only one year and 360 days of reading these every night to go!)
As I've written before, everyone in my family is a documentary junkie. These past few weeks we have been enjoying watching a wonderful set of documentaries on Netflix that are produced by Off The Fence Distribution. We have enjoyed Wildest India, Wildest Indochina, Wildest Middle East, and Wildest Islands, just to name a few! They focus on the wildlife of each region, but the shows also touch on history and the intersection where humans and animals meet. They are very unique and have shown us places that we have never seen before!
Also on Netflix, we've been loving Modern Marvels. Who would have thought that learning about food trucks could be so interesting?!
For a long time, I was wanting to find a way to introduce current events to my eight-year-old in a way that he would find engaging. Luckily, I found News-O-Matic in Apple's app store (it's also available in Google Play and on the Kindle). We have been experimenting with the free trial version, and it took awhile for it to become habit, but finally I found it worth it to purchase the unlimited version. ($19.99) The best part of News-O-Matic is that kids have the choice of reading articles or having it read to them. There are also slideshows and videos attached to some stories, and plenty of other ways to interact! The articles are kid-friendly while also covering important topics of the day.
I just finished reading The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash to my eight-year-old, and he and I loved it. It does have some issues, though, so be sure to read my (forthcoming) book review before you buy it for your children .
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.