One of my favorite things is being surrounded by stacks and stacks of curriculum galleys and knowing that in a couple of weeks, they will be off to the printer, and I will be lounging by the pool.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
in the magazine: We’re hard at work on the summer issue — and we’re trying something new, which Suzanne has declared “awesome.”
in the store: Our high school curriculum sale ends June 15, so if you want to score our best discount, now’s the time to order.
with the curriculum: If you’re using the Year Two curriculum and want to be added to the AP U.S. History or AP Government online class, we’d love to have you join us! Look for details in the curriculum Facebook group early August. (There’s no charge to join the AP class, but you do have to be a Year Two curriculum student to join.)
from the archives: Exploring the Oregon Trail through literature, a look back at Amy’s 9th grade homeschool (I can’t believe we’re coming up on her senior year!), and the life-changing magic of embracing your child’s reading choices
LINKS I LIKED
"Illegal border crossings” in the other direction tend to get ignored, but they’re happening all the time.
Um, how did you get in my bedroom? And I really am going to read all of those! (Eventually.)
I found this piece about Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations fascinating. (Disclosure: Our daughter went to a Waldorf school before we started homeschooling. She has never missed a vaccination.)
Why DO we trust online star ratings?
How social media has changed the way we mourn.
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
Break-up letters date back to 6th century B.C.E. Babylon.
Glowing plants may be the lightbulbs of the future.
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
The Overstory (apparently I need to read more about trees)
Austerlitz (several people have recommended this to me)
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt (come on, a graphic novel memoir about Hannah Arendt? I think we all know I am in for that)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
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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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