Monday Pep Talk No. 15

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

November’s here, and we've got a little homeschool inspiration to help you start the month off right.

3 fun things to do this week

Election Day is Nov. 3, and just because the Presidential election isn’t until 2016 doesn't mean the local, state, and national elections this year aren’t worth following. Ballotpedia is a quick resource to help you catch up on big state elections worth tracking as the exit polls come in.

Celebrate Jellyfish Day (on Tuesday) by watching the documentary Vicious Beauties: The Secret World of the Jellyfish. (It’s free!)

Get into the autumnal spirit by making Kandinsky-inspired fall tree art.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Braised chicken with dates and Moroccan spices is one of our favorite comfort food dinners. Serve it over a big pile of couscous or rice.

If you’re looking for something to do with that spaghetti squash you picked up at the market, you’ll want to try this spaghetti squash noodle bowl with lime-peanut sauce.

This chicken parmesan bake uses leftover chicken and can be assembled any time and then heated up when you're ready to eat—win-win.


one great readaloud

Mark Marie Curie’s birthday (on Nov. 7) by reading A Thousand Bonds: Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium, a collection of narrative poems about Curie’s life and scientific achievements by poet Eleanor Swanson.


one thought to ponder


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

Adam and Eve (apple pie moonshine + salted caramel vodka)