Monday Pep Talk No. 11

home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

Like that extra cup of coffee, our Monday Pep Talk will help you get motivated to tackle the week.  

3 fun things to do this week

Celebrate Virus Appreciation Day (Oct. 3) by conducting an experiment to see how rapidly viruses can spread. You’ll have to adapt this Tracking a Virus experiment to use with a smaller group (we taped drawings to our cups to represent different characters from Harry Potter), but it’s a pretty fun chemistry experiment that lets you see how viruses spread and how to track-back an infection to its source.

Celebrate Name Your Car Day (Oct. 2) by screening a flick starring a classic car with a name: friendly VW Herbie is the star of The Love Bug, or you can start your Halloween spookfest early with Christine.

Enjoy the changing leaves! Make a fall leaf animal alphabet with this fun tutorial from Martha Stewart.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

If you need a new idea for chicken (and who doesn’t?), this mustard-dill chicken may be just what you’re looking for.

Give your potato night an autumn twist with loaded sweet potatoes with spiced chickpeas, broccoli, and lemony tahini.

You could definitely add in chicken or lamb, but I think these portobello gyros sound pretty much perfect as-is.


one great readaloud

The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit by Sylvia Plath (yes! Sylvia Plath!) is a whimsically delightful picture book. (It’s out of print, but you can still find used copies for sale or look for it at the library.)


one thought to ponder

in case of emergency {because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration} 

spiked snickerdoodle milkshake