around the web
Yes, yes, yes: Why kids need monsters and magic.
The technology has changed, but social networks have been around since the Middle Ages.
My brand-new high schooler and I are definitely going to be using these exercises to kick off our new school year in a couple of weeks.
Oh, gosh, I really want to go on a road trip with Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.
I never go anywhere without at least one emergency book. (And I’m so thankful that technology lets me carry around a chunk of library on my phone!)
at home | school | life
in the magazine: We’re getting started with the research for an update to our Best Cities for Homeschoolers list, and you can nominate your favorite city right here.
on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about socialization (which is simple) and friendships (which can be trickier). If you’re an iTunes user and you like the podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review—it’s always awesome to get a little feedback.
in the classroom: Fall classes don’t start until after Labor Day, so you’ve still got plenty of time to sign up for 12 weeks of learning adventures.
on instagram: My baby knitting (at least the bits that got done before the shower!) is a hit.
on my night table:
I should be reading Five Children on the Western Front, but I’m actually rereading Little Women instead because I have a tradition of reading it every year before school starts. (I’ve been doing this since kindergarten, so I can’t quit now!)
Big Bad Breakfast may be my new favorite cookbook. (And North Mississippi Eggs Benedict is my new favorite breakfast-for-dinner.)
on my 14-year-old’s night table:
The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden (I keep waiting for her to finish with this so I can steal it, but no luck so far)
In the Spotlight (Number two in the Princess Diaries series)
on my 8-year-old’s night table:
When Mischief Came to Town, but it’s practically buried under his rock collection right now, so I’m not sure if it counts.
watching: Clarissa Explains It All with the kids. (It’s streaming on Hulu!)
prepping: Our new school year doesn’t start until after Labor Day, but I’m rotating books around the house to get ready—and our homeschool group picks back up next week.
knitting: I’m churning away at my Elijah, but I keep worrying that I’m not going to get the right balance of stuffing in the trunk. If you look at the other project photos on Ravelry (aren’t they adorable?), it’s obvious that there’s a golden ratio for trunk stuffing.
socializing: I’ve been having some lovely going-away meals with former students who are headed off to college this fall.
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