This spring has been one of my most challenging homeschool seasons. I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about some of those challenges after the dust settles, but right now, I’m enjoying a little homeschool break with my kids, which mostly involves reading books aloud to each other in the sunshine.
What’s happening at home/school/life
The spring issue should be out this weekend, so keep an eye out! (I know it’s been delayed twice (grr), but I think it turned out great!)
I wrote a homeschool planner!
Shelli reviewed a writing curriculum that’s been inspiring her reluctant writer.
Suzanne is reading many, many books, a disproportionate number of which seem to involve scurvy.
We rounded up some of our best advice for making the transition from middle to high school.
Suzanne put together a great list of all her favorite short stories to read with your homeschooler.
three years ago: Learning on wilderness time
four years ago: A forensic science program for high school
The links I liked
I loved this so, so much: Reading to children to save ourselves
Probably you saw this, but just in case: If male authors described men the way they describe women
Is it time to revisit the ERA? (Yes! Yes, right?)
Fake news: Literary edition
I thought this was really interesting (and definitely relevant to my life): Why are we so obsessed with the relationship between motherhood and creativity and not even a little bit interested in, say, the relationship between fatherhood and creativity?
Related: Why are so many white men so mad?
There are some great new books about the social, economic, and emotional implications of crafting out right now.
What I’m reading and watching
I read The Letter for the King, and I am now utterly obsessed with Tonke Dragt’s children’s books. They are just lovely and delightful and a little bit ramble-y. (I also loved The Song of Seven, you’ll remember, and I can’t wait to get a copy of The Secrets of the Wild Wood.) I knew almost nothing about the author except that she’s Dutch, so I was fascinated to discover that she was actually born in Indonesia and spent part of her childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, which she credits with inspiring her career as an author. Now I am even more obsessed!
I picked up The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval Europe on a whim, and I thought it was a really fun approach to the topic. If you’re doing the Middle Ages in high school, I think it would be lots of fun to read.
Is Mark Twain the problem with the modern United States, it’s still possible to get a great 1980s photo of yourself, television should be doing a better job across the board with women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and more stuff we liked this week.