The holidays are here — Hanukkah kicks off this weekend (even though we’re still working through the Thanksgiving leftovers), Jason’s birthday is next week, classes end the week after that, and then it’s all blissfully blank calendar pages through the middle of January. I am looking forward to reading Hannah Arendt with my best friend, recording the lectures for our Victorian semester, finally cleaning up my office, and spending lots and lots of time with my lovely little family. I hope you have much joy in the works, too.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
We have a great two-for-one subscription sale going through December 15!
Tips to help you organize your homeschool library. (There is a DIY version of the card catalog involved.)
Suzanne is always right about what I should read next.
From the fall issue: Aminata shares how her Waldorf-inspired morning routine has developed into her favorite part of the homeschool day.
one year ago: Shelli doesn’t teach geography — but her kids have learned it anyway
two years ago: Resources for studying the Supreme Court
three years ago: Rebecca reviewed a holiday curriculum for parents, designed to put the fun back in the season
four years ago: Homeschooling isn’t always easy — so why do we do it?
LINKS I LIKED
New item for my bucket list: Participate in the Central Park Squirrel Census
Relevant to my interests: The 100 Best Pens. (I do own the Schneider Slider Memo XB Medium, and it totally is the smoothest-writing pen that also isn’t smudgy I have ever tried, so I am excited to write my way through the rest of the top 10.)
How cool is this? A shipwreck of a Greek vessel dating back to 400 B.C.E. was found in the Black Sea. (Don’t these kinds of discoveries always make you wonder why you didn’t become an archeologist?)
Descriptions of writers included in FBI surveillance reports are sometimes weirdly accurate (and sometimes just weird.)
In defense of puns (I may have printed this off for my 11-year-old who is not appreciating my puns these days!)
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
Vardo is the witch capital of Norway, and it’s much more disturbing than Salem.
However bad things may seem, the year 536 was worse.
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
The art projects my students made connecting two Enlightenment era literary works
My dog’s holiday sweater
My new cat socks (Now I’m not even mad at the dryer for eating all my other socks!)
Sufganiyot (You should make these even if you’re not celebrating Hanukkah this weekend! Most people make them with raspberry jam, which is great, but I always make one batch with red currant jelly because that is my favorite.)
It’s reading by the fire season! (We’re reading Good Omens so we can all watch the series together.)