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Stuff We Like :: 8.26.16

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

It’s a big weekend at Casa Sharony! We’re celebrating my son’s 9th birthday with the Pigeon pool games, a lot of Super Mario Maker, his favorite chocolate cake, and (I’m hoping!) lots of cuddles.

around the web

A Breaking Bad writer is not the first writer I’d think of for a new Anne of Green Gables miniseries, but I’ll obviously be watching this when it comes to Netflix.

This cracked me up. (Get it together, Joan of Arc’s parents!)

Secret libraries!

 

at home | school | life

on the blog: I am so inspired by Carrie’s round-up of resources for talking about race with our kids.

on the podcast: While you’re reading this, Suzanne and I will be discussing how to handle it when your homeschooler just plain resists doing the work.

in the classroom: The first day of classes is coming soon! Register now.

on instagram: We might need a bigger art room.

 

reading list

on my night table: Five Children on the Western Front, From the Beast to the Blonde: Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, Zero K

on my 14-year-old’s night table: FukuFuku: Kitten Tales, Princess Jellyfish, Marilee

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Knight’s Castle, B Is for Betsy

together: Johnny Tremain, Henry and Ribsy, The View from Saturday

 

at home

homeschooling: Our homeschool group picked back up this week, and I’m kind of bummed that it doesn’t seem like a good fit for my daughter anymore. Finding a group is so hard, and going back to the drawing board for high school is really stressing me out.

watching: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine because people keep telling me it’s the most philosophically interesting Star Trek

knitting: My Elijah is adorable, but I somehow picked up the stitches for the left leg in the wrong place and had to rip that whole leg out and start over. If you pay attention to where you’re picking up stitches instead of getting distracted by Hathaway’s backstory on Inspector Lewis, this patten is surprisingly simple.


Stuff We Like :: 8.19.16

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

around the web

The whole Michael Phelps/Katie Ledecky headline drama is nothing new. Women’s accomplishments have been so commonly overshadowed by men’s that there’s even a name for it: The Matilda Effect.

Yes, yes, yes: Why kids need monsters and magic.

The technology has changed, but social networks have been around since the Middle Ages.

My brand-new high schooler and I are definitely going to be using these exercises to kick off our new school year in a couple of weeks.

Oh, gosh, I really want to go on a road trip with Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.

I never go anywhere without at least one emergency book. (And I’m so thankful that technology lets me carry around a chunk of library on my phone!)

 

at home | school | life

in the magazine: We’re getting started with the research for an update to our Best Cities for Homeschoolers list, and you can nominate your favorite city right here.

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about socialization (which is simple) and friendships (which can be trickier). If you’re an iTunes user and you like the podcast, we’d love for you to leave a review—it’s always awesome to get a little feedback.

in the classroom: Fall classes don’t start until after Labor Day, so you’ve still got plenty of time to sign up for 12 weeks of learning adventures.

on instagram: My baby knitting (at least the bits that got done before the shower!) is a hit.

 

reading list

on my night table:

I should be reading Five Children on the Western Front, but I’m actually rereading Little Women instead because I have a tradition of reading it every year before school starts. (I’ve been doing this since kindergarten, so I can’t quit now!)

Big Bad Breakfast may be my new favorite cookbook. (And North Mississippi Eggs Benedict is my new favorite breakfast-for-dinner.)

on my 14-year-old’s night table:

The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden (I keep waiting for her to finish with this so I can steal it, but no luck so far)

In the Spotlight (Number two in the Princess Diaries series)

The Secret of Platform 13

on my 8-year-old’s night table:

When Mischief Came to Town, but it’s practically buried under his rock collection right now, so I’m not sure if it counts.

together:

We’re still reading Magic Or Not as our morning readaloud, but we also started Johnny Tremain this week. 

 

at home

watching: Clarissa Explains It All with the kids. (It’s streaming on Hulu!)

prepping: Our new school year doesn’t start until after Labor Day, but I’m rotating books around the house to get ready—and our homeschool group picks back up next week.

knitting: I’m churning away at my Elijah, but I keep worrying that I’m not going to get the right balance of stuffing in the trunk. If you look at the other project photos on Ravelry (aren’t they adorable?), it’s obvious that there’s a golden ratio for trunk stuffing.

socializing: I’ve been having some lovely going-away meals with former students who are headed off to college this fall.