I’m in the middle of the spring issue, and there’s a lot of good stuff there!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
on the blog: Our beat-the-midwinter-slump series is up!
in the store: You can download our reading guide for The Hate U Give for free right now! (It has one of my favorite wrap-up writing projects in it.)
on patreon: There’s a new episode of the Podcast with Suzanne and Amy. (We’re talking about middle school.)
LINKS I LIKED
I am not sure there is anything that has made me happier recently than these videos of people dancing their PhDs.
How cool is this crocheted skeleton?
Is it weird that I really enjoyed this piece about the history and influence of navy blue?
Sometimes when I think about the future, I feel so much hope — because of kids like these.
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
Star Trek may be right about everything.
The Himalayan wolf may be distinct enough to be classified as a new species. (I’m totally sharing this with my evolution class.)
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
Early Riser (I’m excited to see what Jasper Fforde is up to beyond Thursday Next)
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century (no way could I resist that title)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
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Preschool politics, battles on the YA shelves, Stone Age engineering projects, the subtleties of translation, and more stuff we like.
The downside of gifted-ness, secret literary fellowships, loving Judge Judy, LARPing with goats, and more stuff we like.
Why do we trust online reviews, reading by plant-light, the overlap between Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations, Babylonian break-up tablets, and more stuff we like.
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.
Revisiting the 90s, utopias vs dystopias, what your favorite color says about you, dinosaur courtship, and more stuff we like.
Burnout is not a professional goal, the myth of the frontier in U.S. history, what do we mean when we talk about “electability,” what we always suspected about cats is true, and more stuff we like.
Highs and lows of Facebook groups, Teddy Roosevelt and the Iron Throne, my new favorite interview with a vampire, and more stuff we like.
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.
The slow, important uncovering of history, snow plow parents, transcript-writing for people who aren’t transcript writers, cats in medieval manuscripts, and more stuff I like.
Problems with children’s literature, thirty years of “Closer to Fine,” saying goodbye to Dylan McKay, weird ancient Greek obsessions, and more stuff we like.
The magical union of science and art, objectivity in a post-truth world, Star Trek has seen the future, and more stuff we like.
RIP, Mars Rover; renegade nuns; my new favorite tip for recognizing passive voice; my neighborhood 50 million years ago; and more stuff we like.
Friends versus “friends,” the link between prairie dresses and colonization, slow cooking trumps quick hands, adventures in medieval poop, and more stuff we like.
The not-so-true Instagram reality, new words for cold days, find your Dewey Decimal personality, let’s stop hustling for a minute, and more stuff we like.
Celebrating Edward Gorey, how many books could you read in a year, a Golden Compass adaptation that I can’t wait for, trying the murderer of Edwin Drood, and more stuff we like.