Stuff We Like 2.5.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

We’re busy, busy, busy around here — diving into the spring issue, making some big plans for this summer, booking a spring vacation, and getting into a high-intensity homeschool mode (which happens when one of the kids gets obsessed with a certain topic). It’s the good, happy kind of busy, which I love.

around the web

I totally believe in the health benefits of knitting. (It’s like meditation for people who have to be doing something to relax.)

And speaking of, I completely relate to this hilarious guided meditation for the anxious mind.

I’m slow getting around to reading "The Myth of Easy Cooking", but it’s so true! Sometimes dinner is just fuel, and that should be okay.

I’ve heard more than once that homeschooling is hard on schools because it means active parents are funneling their resources into homeschooling rather than into improving local schools, so I found this piece about rich parents, fundraising, and school inequality fascinating.


at home/school/life

in the magazine: The first articles for the spring issue are in!

on the blog: I really identify with Lisa's post about the joy of following your kids' passions.

on pinterest: I’m kind of in love with the idea of making tea time a thing. I feel like we need more regular rhythms right now. 


reading list

I have rarely looked forward to reading a book as much as I am looking forward to reading Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which Suzanne swears is a Jane-Austen-P.G.-Wodehouse-Georgette-Heyer delight but also with magic. It’s at the top of my weekend to-do list.

Speaking of delightful, we loved The Goblin’s Puzzle as a readaloud. I should give it a proper review.

A perfect combination: Bill Bryson + William Shakespeare in Shakespeare: The World as Stage. (It’s looking like a summer of Shakespeare at Casa Sharony.)


at home

This has been the season of frogging in my knitting life. I frogged my White Russian so that I could slim down the shouldersand just haven’t gotten the motivation to cast back on for that big cowl neck yet. And I frogged my Zick Zack scarf because as much as I loved it, I kept thinking that I would love it even more if there was more color and size variation in the stripes. That one I cast back on pretty much immediately, and I am so much happier with it, even though I have to reknit for miles to catch back up to where I was.

Apparently physical therapy makes me want to eat all the time. I cannot get enough roasted chickpeas or soy sauce eggs. (I use the recipe from Lucky Peach’s 101 Easy Asian Recipes, which is reprinted at the link, and they are totally addictive. Actually, this whole cookbook is pretty great.)

For Settlers of Catan nachos, I will even pretend to watch the Super Bowl.