Monday Pep Talk No. 24

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

3 fun things to do this week

Celebrate Opera Day (Feb. 8) by digging into some of our favorite beginners’ opera resources.

Make your own printing plates for a fun art project. (The foam sheet version is so easy that even completely non-arty parents can pull it off.)

Make sweet sesame crips (and a big pot of red tea) to ring in the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

Cheesy grits with poached eggs, greens, and bacon is like the ultimate winter comfort food dinner.

In case the name doesn’t give it away, this broken dumpling soup tastes like your favorite Chinese dumplings in warm, liquid form.

When the weather is frightful, sweet potato and coconut soup with brown rice and lentils is the coziest way to warm up dinnertime.


one great readaloud

Lincoln's Grave Robbers
By Steve Sheinkin

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is Friday—and while there are plenty of biographies about the President who led the United States through the Civil War, the wild, weird, and completely true Lincoln’s Grave Robbers—about a little-known historical incident—is middle grades non-fiction at its very best.


one thought to ponder

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson


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

boozy frozen mocha popsicles