Sometimes you want a readaloud that's pure comfort read. The Children of Noisy Village is a good bet.
In this sweet winter story, a friendly troll reminds a farm full of creatures that spring is coming.
If you love the fantasy, fun, and humor of Roald Dahl, you’ll enjoy these books that capture some of that same playful spirit.
In brief: Eric wants a dog; instead, he gets Karlson, a grumpy man who flies around with his propellor making mischief.
What makes it a great readaloud? Karlson is utterly unlikable—in the great trickster tradition, he wreaks havoc (and usually leaves a mess) wherever he goes. The gently interconnected stories are weird and often hilarious, and 7-year-old Eric (also known as Smidge or Little Brother, depending on your translation) is charming protagonist.
But be aware: Karlson is a grouchy trouble-maker and may not appeal to every reader.
Are you going to the SEA homeschool conference this spring? Suzanne and I will be there from June 1-4 giving away copies of HSL and feeling socially awkward, so please stop by and say hi if you’re there!
around the web
Just when the weight of the world feels like too much to bear, someone makes a list of book-ice cream pairings, and you know you’ll make it through.
I really love these alternative approaches to high school math.
I have so many feelings about the new James Baldwin documentary, but the main one is that everyone should go and see it.
Ursula Le Guin on "alternative facts" versus science fiction
one year ago: Rebecca reviews a curriculum for young philosophers
two years ago: Why boredom is an important part of learning
three years ago: Simple strategies to turn around a bad homeschool day
I love when you think you’ve read everything by an author and then discover that nope, in fact, you are wrong, and there is another book. So I was delighted to discover Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren, and we’ve been enjoying it as a readaloud.
in the kitchen
Now that we’ve actually gotten back to some semblance of routine after the Tragic Ankle Breaks of 2015, I’m finding my way back to the kitchen on a regular basis. My kids mock me relentlessly, though, because I always fail Taco Tuesday—I plan tacos for Tuesday every week but something always goes sideways and we end up having them a different night. We did not have them on Tuesday, but these beef picadillo puffy tacos were much enjoyed anyway.
It’s definitely still comfort food season, and this wild rice-mushroom soup hits the spot.
Cookie of the week: Salty oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies
I’m having trouble finding balance between staying informed and active politically (which feels important to do right now) and staying sane and available to my everyday cooking-dinner, reading-books-together, doing-the-laundry (who am I kidding? I would take any excuse to skip the laundry) life. Political happenings are like chicken pox—I’m just constantly aware of them in an uncomfortable kind of way, so much so that the rest of my life suffers, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. And yet, how can I not pay attention every minute? How are you guys handling this? Is this just the new normal?