Shelli’s got a great roundup of stuff that’s making her family’s homeschool life happier this month.
in our homeschool
My eldest son hates to write with a pen or pencil, and he complains that his hand hurts. I’ve heard other homeschooling parents say their child has a similar problem, so I thought I’d share what is working for us right now. Calligraphy! I just bought him this calligraphy pen set, workbook, and paper, and now he likes practicing handwriting! He might just end up with the best handwriting in the house.
winning christmas present
My boys received several very cool and parent-appreciated gifts this Christmas, and one of my favorites is the Zoob 500 piece building set. We already had a 250-piece set, and I knew my boys, especially my six-year-old, would love to have more pieces. He is always building things and using them to play make-believe, and as I suspected, the extra pieces are being put to good use.
around the web
on the blog: I love Lisa’s Making Your Wellness a Priority
on the web: As an introvert and a parent of introverts, I think this course, Parenting Quiet Kids, looks very interesting. I don’t know that I’ll sign up, so if you do, please let me know what you think!
I’m reading Treasure Island to my nine-year-old. The vocabulary can be very difficult, and I have to explain a lot to him, but it’s also a swashbuckling good time.
We received My Father’s Dragon for Christmas, and both my boys love it! It’s very hard to find books that engage both the nine-year-old and six-year-old at the same time, so if you have any suggestions similar to this book, please let me know.
For my adult read, I’m enjoying The Best American Travel Writing 2013. My friend loaned it to me, and she said each chapter felt like going on a little trip. I agree.
For fun: Chopped (One collection is on Netflix.)
For my alone time: Downton Abbey (Amazon Prime)
Rediscovered Langston Hughes, the Algonquin Round Table turns 100, feminist utopias, and more stuff we like.
Preschool politics, battles on the YA shelves, Stone Age engineering projects, the subtleties of translation, and more stuff we like.
The downside of gifted-ness, secret literary fellowships, loving Judge Judy, LARPing with goats, and more stuff we like.
Why do we trust online reviews, reading by plant-light, the overlap between Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations, Babylonian break-up tablets, and more stuff we like.
Is Mark Twain the problem with the modern United States, it’s still possible to get a great 1980s photo of yourself, television should be doing a better job across the board with women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and more stuff we liked this week.
Revisiting the 90s, utopias vs dystopias, what your favorite color says about you, dinosaur courtship, and more stuff we like.
Burnout is not a professional goal, the myth of the frontier in U.S. history, what do we mean when we talk about “electability,” what we always suspected about cats is true, and more stuff we like.
Highs and lows of Facebook groups, Teddy Roosevelt and the Iron Throne, my new favorite interview with a vampire, and more stuff we like.
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.
The slow, important uncovering of history, snow plow parents, transcript-writing for people who aren’t transcript writers, cats in medieval manuscripts, and more stuff I like.
Problems with children’s literature, thirty years of “Closer to Fine,” saying goodbye to Dylan McKay, weird ancient Greek obsessions, and more stuff we like.
The magical union of science and art, objectivity in a post-truth world, Star Trek has seen the future, and more stuff we like.
RIP, Mars Rover; renegade nuns; my new favorite tip for recognizing passive voice; my neighborhood 50 million years ago; and more stuff we like.
Friends versus “friends,” the link between prairie dresses and colonization, slow cooking trumps quick hands, adventures in medieval poop, and more stuff we like.
The not-so-true Instagram reality, new words for cold days, find your Dewey Decimal personality, let’s stop hustling for a minute, and more stuff we like.
Celebrating Edward Gorey, how many books could you read in a year, a Golden Compass adaptation that I can’t wait for, trying the murderer of Edwin Drood, and more stuff we like.
Existential therapy, quitting email, fortune cookie literature, the best way to take notes, and more stuff we like.
Let’s not magically tidy our books off the shelves, the problem (ahem) with women political candidates, W.E.B. Du Bois and the modern infographic, and more stuff we like.
How to be a learning model in your homeschool, easing back into homeschooling after a long break, the joys of Scholastic book fairs, ants on medical leave, the rise of small bookstores, glitter, and more stuff we life.