Stuff We Like :: 6.21.19

secular homeschool magazine

Sorry to be an absentee liker-of-stuff last week! I was busy testing chemistry experiments and honestly forgot what day it was.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE

  • on patreon: So far we’ve covered getting started, what to teach, and how to write a transcript in our summer series on homeschooling high school.

  • at the academy: We’re having a nerdily good time in chemistry this summer! And I’m teaching an AP English Language and Composition class in Atlanta this year if you want to check it out.

  • in the magazine: We’re hard at work on the summer issue. One of the best things about my job is that I get to interview really smart people about my own big homeschooling questions!

  • on instagram: Suzanne’s daughter’s off to the summer TIP program.

  • out and about: You can find Amy chatting about literature-based learning at the SEA Online Symposium in July.

  • from the archives: How to grow your homeschool community (hint: just like a garden, it can take a lot of effort on your part); 5 ways to get excited about teaching U.S. history; and 31 great books to inspire young writers of all ages

LINKS I LIKED

  • I laughed so hard at this:  The 12 Labors of Millennial Hercules (the Stymphalian Birds!)

  • I found this a really interesting read on giftedness, and the challenges it brings for kids who grow up with everyone talking about how smart they are: "Outside the protection of academia, I became intensely aware that I had never learned how to work for things. Enough things came easily to me that if I wasn’t good at it, I simply didn’t do it.”

  • There’s a lot of conversation (including political and legal conversation) happening about homeschool charters in California. (In California, homeschoolers can sign up for charters that give students money for curriculum, classes, and extracurriculars.) My state doesn’t offer anything remotely like that, and while I’m sometimes envious of families with thousands of dollars to spend on homeschool stuff, I’ve always also been glad that no one gets to weigh in on the “legitimacy” of our homeschool choices. I’m hoping this gets resolved in a way that works out for everyone.

  • This story about a secret literary fellowship and all the drama behind it was fascinating.

  • I think about this a lot: In a meaningful way, my life has been all about my kids. So when I talk about my life or post pictures of my life online, it’s my kids’ lives I’m sharing, too. 

  • Yay, Joy Harjo!

THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO

BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK

WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY

  • Grilled Cobb Salad (we’re eating variations of this two or three times a week right now!)

  • my summer chemistry class (they’re just so much fun)