Monday Pep Talk No. 22

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

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday pep talk, a little jump-start of inspiration to help you start your week on a happy note.

3 fun things to do this week

Friday (Jan. 29) is National Puzzle Day—celebrate by putting your puzzling skills to the test with some of the brain teasing puzzles in a book like A Case of Red Herrings or Mind Benders.

Obviously any fire-making project requires responsible kids and parent supervision — but how cool is this science experiment that shows you how to make fire from ice?

If you’re still channeling a lot of Star Wars excitement, you will definitely want to check out's galaxy coding activities.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

The au jus makes this easy French dip (and you can totally substitute deli roast beef for the home-cooked version with no negative side effects). My daughter insists this must be served with sweet potato fries, but I like a salad on the side.

This cheesy cauliflower soup will warm you up from the inside out — and it’s one of those soups that can make you fall in love with a vegetable you don’t normally seek out.

You probably already have everything you need to make this Filipino chicken porridge in your fridge and pantry.


one great readaloud

It’s Lewis Carroll’s birthday Wednesday (Jan. 27). so Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the perfect book to read aloud this week. Snag a copy of the Annotated Alice — the sidebar notes are fascinating.


one thought to ponder

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”   
― George Bernard Shaw


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