Monday Pep Talk No. 30

home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

Thanks for bearing with us as we made some website tweaks over the last couple of weeks. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday kickstart.

3 fun things to do this week

Watch Leave It to Beavers (it’s free if you have Amazon Prime), a fascinating PBS documentary about everybody’s favorite dam builders, to mark Beaver Day on Thursday.

Celebrate Draw a Picture of a Bird Day (on Friday) by—wait for it—drawing a picture of a bird. The John Muir Laws website has some great tips for budding bird artists.

Get ready for warmer-nights stargazing by making constellation jars.

3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Whatever looks good at the farmers market will probably taste good in this spring panzanella—just don’t forget the asparagus!

Cheap, fast, and yummy: chickpea salad onigirazu

If you, too, overload your basket with asparagus this time of year (because: asparagus!), you need this asparagus stir-fry with sesame-miso sauce in your repertoire.

one great readaloud

By Eve Titus

How many readalouds are also a perfect excuse to break out a cheese plate? Anatole by Eve Titus is the story of a mouse with a refined palate that he puts to work helping local cheesemakers improve their product, and it’s one of my favorite readalouds.

one thought to ponder

“Live not for Battles Won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.
— Gwendolyn Brooks


in case of emergency (because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration)

jelly bean mimosas