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Stuff We Like :: 2.19.16

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

I think winter is probably one of my favorite times to be a homeschooler. By February, we’ve hit our groove, we’ve usually got a few awesome projects going, and it’s still cold enough so that cuddling on the couch is a featured morning activity.

around the web

It’s like Patricia is living inside my brain with this post about her son’s professed disinterest in reading. (This is one of those times where just knowing that I am not alone helps SO MUCH.)

Wait, scientists printed a human ear?

Another you-read-my-mind post: What’s up with sites creating situations where kids have to lie about their age?

The history of the world, in puns.

The In Search of Lost Time graphic novel is at the very top of my I-want-this list, y’all.

 

at home/school/life

in the magazine: We’re working on a piece about experiences every homeschool family should have. What’s on your homeschool bucket list?

on the blog: Rebecca discovers a groovy curriculum for deep thinkers.

in the archives: When I need a little jolt of inspiration, I find myself turning back to Tracy’s post on the three words every homeschool parent should know.

 

reading list

I love starting a new readaloud, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library has all the makings of a new favorite.

I may have preordered the Doctor Who coloring book.

I will read anything about the Tudors, but even if you don't share my obsession, I can wholeheartedly recommend The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas, Alison Weir’s new biography of one of family’s lesser-known members.

 

at home

Pretty much all we talk about at dinner these days is Undertale. (Are your kids obsessed, too?)

Jason and I are on the last season of Smallville. I am all over the place about this show—I am glad we watched it because some of it has been really interesting (and I really love Ollie and Lois), but it is so uneven.

We are finally easing back into meal planning (after months of kitchen exile), and I love getting to make actual food again. (The bolognese from Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year is my favorite cooking project so far, no question!)

 

homeschooling highlights

We’ve started watching an episode of Good Eats together most afternoons (a lot of episodes are free on Netflix now), and it’s become one of the most fun parts of our day. I love all the random information that sends us off on tangents together.

My friend’s daughter had so much fun in this Expressive Picture Book Characters Craftsy drawing class that I signed my daughter up, too.

We have been gearing up for Leap Day with some of these activities. The calendar math puzzling has been a surprise hit. Are you doing anything special for Leap Day?


Unit Study Inspiration: Birds

Love this roundup of books and resources for the Great Backyard Bird Hunt (in Feb.). This could be a stand-alone homeschool unit study on birds, too.

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts on Friday. Gear up to flex your citizen scientist muscle with these birding resources.

Read This

Hoot
By Carl Hiaasen

The Burgess Bird Book For Children by Thornton W. Burgess introduces kids to birds through Peter Rabbit stories, making it as fun to read as it is informative.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, tells the story of a boy’s efforts to save the habitat of a family of burrowing owls from an encroaching pancake restaurant.

Bright Wings, edited by Billy Collins, is a collection of poetry about birds.

 

Birds, Nests, and Eggs by Mel Boring, is just the thing for beginning birders. The book covers fifteen common birds, including their appearance, nesting habits, and ideas for bird-themed nature activities.

The Complete Birder: A Guide to Better Birding by Jack Connor is the perfect next step when you’ve mastered the basics of birding and want to sharpen your skills.

 

Watch This

Winged Migration
Starring Philippe Labro, Jacques Perrin

The Life of Birds, from the BBC collection and narrated by David Attenborough, is a seven-part documentary just packed with avian information.

Winged Migration uses fabulous cinematography to capture birds in flight.

 

Do This

Dissect an owl pellet. If you’re not up for the real thing, use the KidWings Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection.

Play birdsong bingo. Practice identifying bird sounds by playing a bingo style identification game with a birdsong CD. (We like Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 1: Yard, Garden, and City Birds andKnow Your Bird Sounds, Volume 2: Birds of the Countryside.)

Audubon’s Birds of America Coloring Book, part of the excellent Dover coloring book series, lets your student birders put their observation skills to the test coloring in copies of Audubon’s bird illustrations.

 

This article was originally published in the spring 2015 issue of home/school/life.


Stuff We Like :: 7.10.15

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

around the web

This NPR story confirms something I have always suspected: The team with the most librarians usually wins.

The whole #distractinglysexy thing was hilarious, but sexist jokes are serious.

“I’m not behind on my emails, I’m ahead on my life.”

I feel kind of icky about the circumstances of the new Harper Lee novel, but this article about what life is like now in the Alabama town that inspired Maycomb was a fascinating read.

 

at home/school/life

on pinterest: Genius! Write the microwave-in-a-mug cooking directions right on your mug with a Sharpie.

on instagram: We’re kind of new to the whole Instagram thing, but apparently we need to eat more doughnuts? We are down with that! See you there?

on the blog: Our blog is hopping with book lists, columns, and all kinds of fun stuff to celebrate our site relaunch, but you do not want to miss Lisa’s great post on why curiosity is the most important thing to give your kids.

 

reading list

I finally got around to reading The Girl on the Train, but I didn’t love it the way other people seemed to. What am I missing?

We discovered the Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book in a museum gift shop, and it is just delightful. We had to buy a second copy because my daughter really didn’t want to share. (Fair enough!)

“But I’m a little burned out on the whole dystopian thing,” I said when Suzanne raved about The Girl with All the Gifts. I was wrong — apparently there will always be room in my heart for really interesting dystopian fiction.

We’re reading the first book in The League of Beastly Dreadfuls series as our morning readaloud and digging the Roald Dahl/Lemony Snicket-ness of it.

I am afraid to hand my copy of Echo over to my daughter because I loved it so much, and what if she doesn’t? (But of course I will because this book is too good not to share.)

 

in the kitchen

I made a little batch of this blackberry-cabernet jam thinking that I might give it for holiday presents, but now I’m getting kind of my precious about keeping it all for myself.

This roasted carrot and avocado salad almost always ends up somewhere in our weekly summer meal rotation.

Easy cherry crostini is my kind of dessert, which is a good thing since I am apparently incapable of passing up cherries at the market. (I swear, I thought we were out! All three times!)

 

at home

I have had Winter is for Kierkegaard by Tyler Lyle playing on repeat for the last week. Even though it’s the opposite of winter here in Atlanta, and — obviously — autumn is for Kierkegaard.

I really want to knit Marigold, but it seems like an Advanced Expert pattern and I am just a Fairly Enthusiastic Amateur. Has anybody else had any success with it? I can’t crochet and I am so jealous of those gorgeous crochet flowers that people make, so I’m thinking this could be substitute.

There’s a Mo Willems exhibition at the art museum near us, and so it has been all Pigeon all the time here. (We are big fans.)

 

notable sales

Doctor, meet the Doctor: This Horton Sees a Who shirt is totally worth $12

Lots of good buys in Amazon’s monthly Kindle book deals, including The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (a steal for $2.99) and Jacob Have I Loved (just $1.99), one of my YA faves by the great Katherine Paterson.

KnitPicks has its Chroma Worsted self-striping yarn on sale for 30% off. I’ve been wanting to make another Rayures, but I’m also tempted to try something like the Butterfly Beanie.