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Stuff We Like :: 9.4.15

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

This has been a crazy week at Casa Sharony and a slow week here on the home/school/life blog as we try to adjust to the challenges of my two broken ankles. (I was taking out the trash. I tripped. That’s the whole story!) It’s definitely tough to be forced to slow down during out busiest time of year, but you can’t really argue with broken ankles. (I’ve tried!)  

 

around the web

Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to working from a new space, but I am loving this site that lets you create your own version of white noise. (I’m writing this with night + fire + rain in the background.)

Remember those long, intimate emails we used to write? I miss them.

Such a good read: This teenager left the classroom (with his school’s sanction) to learn more.

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: I always love Lisa’s posts, but this one, about how we sometimes need to move outside our daily routine to touch base with our life priorities, came just when I needed it.

on pinterest: I’ve been finding so many fun art project ideas that I started a board for them.

from the archives: We still get lots of mail about our fall 2014 list of the best cities for homeschooling families. Maybe it's time to think about doing an update?

 

reading list

One good thing about bedrest is that it’s the best excuse to listen to audiobooks. I’ve been digging Bringing Up the Bodies (the sequel to Wolf Hall), about Thomas Cromwell’s campaign to dethrone Anne Boleyn; The Spire (read by Benedict Cumberbatch, which may or may not be why I picked it up); Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood’s short story collection that I’ve had on my to-read list forever; and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, which we’ve been listening to together in the evenings.

I’ve also been doing more than usual reading aloud, and we finished Crenshaw, which was lovely — a delicate story of how a boy’s imaginary friend helps him cope with a difficult family situation. It really deserves its own review — I'll give it one when it officially hits shelves later this month.

The time seemed right to finally read Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.

 

in the kitchen

Since I can’t actually get up the stairs to my kitchen right now, I am eating the end-of-summer tomatoes just sliced with salt and pepper. And honestly, they’re as good as any of my fancier efforts.

I am definitely thankful that we have a few freezer meal options tucked away, including a couple of pans of this easy macaroni and cheese.

I am eternally indebted to Shawne for introducing me to Instacart.

 

at home

Lots of couch time means lots of knitting time. I may finish my Beekeeper’s Quilt yet!

The kids and I have been watching the past season of My Little Pony together on Netflix. It’s always fun to watch something they really love with them.

Jason and I have been absolutely loving The Flash. (We bought the first season because Suzanne kept recommending it even though Suzanne still hasn’t watched Firefly. Ahem.) It’s delightfully refreshing to see a superhero who thinks his super powers are ultimately pretty cool — plus lots of science nerdiness.


Stuff We Like :: 7.31.15

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

Our month-long web extravaganza is ending, but we’d love to know what you’ve enjoyed reading on the site and what you’d like to see more of in the coming months. (Really! Pipe up!) And don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty of good stuff in the queue, including an awesome giveaway that we’ll tell you more about next week.

around the web

So I love Rebecca, which I read at exactly the right time to fall in love with its Gothic charms, but I do frequently find myself saying “What the heck is wrong with you, Max de Winter?” So this imagined conversation between Max and the second Mrs. de Winter made my day.

I still reread my favorite books every year. (I have reread Little Women every fall since I was 7 years old.) But apparently rereading is something we do less and less as we get older, and that’s a shame.

Great read for helping kids (and parents) recognize problematic statistics in news reporting.

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: We’re trying out the Monday pep talk as a little kickstart to your week. What do you think?

on pinterest: This wall-mounted kraft paper rollis so clever — I’m thinking we need one in the kitchen as a doodle station, and we’ll use the resulting artwork to wrap holiday presents.

in the magazine: You know your homeschool group wants our best subscription deal.

 

reading list

I already have a copy of Goodbye Stranger on order to give my daughter as soon as it comes out next week. I think this is THE book to give a middle school girl. (Despite the cover, it has nothing to do with boyfriends.)

We’re reading The Island of Dr. Libris as our morning readaloud, and it’s been a lot of fun. (I caught my 7-year-old trying to read ahead, which is high praise indeed.)

I just finished Silver in the Blood, which I wanted to love (shape-shifting! mysterious family origins! best-friend cousins! Jessica Day George!) but which was ultimately just okay.

 

in the kitchen

I love watermelon pickles. And now I have a bunch.

I am totally hooked on this quick skillet granola because I want to be the kind of person who has healthy homemade granola on hand but am more frequently the kind of person who needs a breakfast that comes together in under 15 minutes. (I add Trader Joe’s dried blueberries.)

Does anybody have a great tomato sauce recipe? I am at the stage where the tomatoes are outpacing our eating ability. (Luxury problems!)

 

at home

Mystery Show is my new podcast.

I am still chugging along on my Beekeeper’s Quilt. I keep trying to justify buying the big KnitPicks palette sampler to help motivate me over the last hill (or three), but my stash is already beyond reasonable life expectancy.

Do you play Ticket to Ride? It’s had a featured role at our table this summer. I like that it’s fast-paced so we can finish a game in an hour or so and challenging enough that it’s fun to play over (and over).


Stuff We Like :: 7.2.15

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

Here's a little roundup of what's making our homeschool lives a little more interesting lately.

Around the Web

If you’ve taken the Rory Gilmore reading challenge, you will want to know what Rory read after Gilmore Girls. (I loved Station Eleven!)

Hilarious: Emily Dickinson on Facebook

Apparently speed listening to audiobooks is a thing now? This was a fascinating read — I’m really interested in the differences between wide, shallow learning and deep, narrow learning. (I think there are benefits to both.)

 

At home/school/life

On the site: Work is still (obviously) underway here on homeschoollifemag.com, but the end is nigh!

In the magazine: It’s a running joke at Casa Sharony that every issue of home/school/life is always my favorite, but this one is really good, y’all! I’m hunkered down with final edits, so look for your copy next week.

On Pinterest: These spoon puppets would be a great project when it’s too hot or rainy to play outside.

 

At home

What's on our menu for the Fourth: my favorite grilled salmon and campfire potatoes, plus a giant veggie salad

I have been plugging away at my Beekeeper’s Quilt, using up all my scrap ends of yarn. I adore this project and willingly acknowledge that I will probably not finish it until I am eligible for Social Security.

I’m trying to convince my daughter to join me this England in the Time of Richard III course (it’s free!) so that we can read The Daughter of Time together again. So far, she is not sharing my rabid enthusiasm for British history, but I'm hoping to convince her before it starts on the 13th.