I do love the feeling of satisfaction when you get the “Your AP class has been approved” email!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
LINKS I LIKED
I’ll always read an interview with a copy chief, but I’m totally stealing the zombie-passive-voice tip from this one for my students.
I think we all know that I am always going to read a story about a medieval nun who faked her own death to escape a convent.
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
There’s a map that lets me look at my neighborhood 150 million years ago.
There’s actually (kind of) a synonym for the word synonym.
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History (because I’ve got to find some good chemistry book recommendations for my students in Year 2)
H20: A Biography of Water (see above)
And crossed off: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Eleanor Hardcastle, which Suzanne tells me is a cool idea that doesn’t quite get there
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
Plotting middle school
Making our own textbooks
This amazing cross-stitch, which I got as a gift from a friend (rated PG-13)
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Our weekly roundup of links, books, and other homeschool inspiration.
Our weekly roundup of great links, books, and other stuff that’s inspiring our homeschool life.
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