Happy Friday! And happy fall!
around the web
- I love everything Patricia writes, but this post about reinventing herself post-homeschooling is going on my favorites list.
- It’s like Pokemon Go but with BOOKS.
- This is so cool: How people used to add customized illustrations and nifty other stuff to their books
- I love this history of the sartorial tragedies of male doll fashion.
at home | school | life
- on the blog: Are you following our 52 weeks of happier homeschooling? This week’s challenge is about starting a family volunteer project.
- on pinterest: It’s time to start getting excited about nerdy Halloween costumes again.
- one year ago: Tracy was thinking about how different autumn feels as your homeschoolers grow up and become more independent.
- on my night table: The Island of the Day Before; Into the Breach: Using Research and Theory to Shape History Instruction; Teaching U.S. History as Mystery; The Poems of Catullus
- on my 14-year-old’s night table: Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy; The Girl with All the Gifts (finally!); Chris Riddell's Doodle-A-Day; Japanese Kanji Flash Cards
- on my 9-year-old’s night table: Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
- watching: I think I mentioned that Jas and I have been watching Supergirl (on Suzanne’s recommendation), but I don’t think I mentioned how much I like it—nice, complicated women as sisters, mentors, and (obviously) heroes, plenty of witty superhero banter, and a lightness that I really miss in the superhero genre, which has been skewing darker and darker over the years.
- packing: Years and years of accumulated books, all of which I refuse to get rid of, even though probably I should get rid of some of them.
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