Stuff We Like :: 8.25.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources. 

Did you watch the eclipse? It was definitely one of the high points of our summer—it’s inspired a whole lot of astronomy-related construction projects here!


around the web

This list of songs about historical events is so great!

An excellent roundup of reading on the subject of hate in America.

The importance of humanities in tumultuous times

This is a fantastic read: Love, duty, women, caregiving, and Middlemarch

You can donate your eclipse glasses to Astronomers Without Borders — they’re collecting to distribute them to students in Asia and Africa for the 2019 eclipse.


at home/school/life

in the magazine: We’re doing something a little different this fall: Our September group subscription deal is available exclusively through SEA Homeschoolers. SEA is free to join, and you can take advantage of the super-duper group discount (just $15 per subscription) whether you’re buying for yourself or a for a group.

on the blog: I love Maggie’s tips for creating an environment that nurtures readers

on instagram: Old-school eclipse viewing in our backyard

one year ago: A great resource list for studying civil rights with your kids

two years ago: If your math curriculum was on Facebook…

three years ago: Mindful Homeschool: Letting go of fear


reading list

I’m basically only rereading stuff for my upcoming classes right now, so my lists are totally boring this week and I’m jealous of all the cool stuff my kids are reading: the Vesper Holly series (it really stinks that this one is out of print, but if you can find copies, it’s totally worth reading!), The Story of Clocks and Calendars, Catstronauts: Mission Moon, Vegetables in Underwear, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, Out of Abaton, American Born Chinese, and The Ruby in the Smoke seem to be at the top of the piles, but I’m not sure who is actually reading what.


at home

We’re celebrating our son’s 10th birthday this weekend. Double digits!

I’ve talked about working and homeschooling before, but with Jason’s school opening up in a couple of weeks, I’m having to find a whole new balance—and honestly, it’s got me a little stressed out. I know I have to trust that I will find a rhythm—and not be afraid to change things that aren’t working—but wrapping my head around a totally different kind of schedule feels really challenging this week.