Monday Pep Talk No. 32

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

Make your mark on Chinese Language Day (Wednesday) by learning how to write a few simple Chinese characters. I’m not always a fan of worksheets, but these step-by-step practice sheets are a good starting point.

Looking for an Earth Day science experiment? (Earth Day is Friday!) This vanishing styrofoam experiment from Steve Spangler Science is a great, hands-on look at why conservation and recycling are so important.

William Shakespeare’s birthday is this Saturday. Celebrate the birth of the Bard with an epic Shakespeare movie marathon. (We list our favorite adaptations in the spring issue.)


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Sandwiches totally count as dinner when they are open-face steak sandwiches with parmesan dressing.

This golden leek and potato soup is warming enough for still-chilly nights, light enough for sun-warmed days.

A fresh take on a dinnertime classic: stuffed shells. (My children would probably eat these for dinner every other night.)


one great readaloud

Wonders and Miracles: A Passover Companion is a little like the Seder experience in a book: Lots of really interesting stuff (stories, poems, history) punctuated by occasional boring-ish bits. If you are interested in the history and context of Passover, this book makes a great readaloud.


one thought to ponder

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
— Erica Jong



A charoset-inspired cocktail