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Stuff We Like :: 3.31.17

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

I have to be honest: Most of what I’m doing this week is trying to finish the spring issue of the magazine! Still, you know what they say about all work and no play.

around the web

So true: Kon-Mari for homeschooling moms

This article really hit home with me—I love the easiness of the LIKE button, but I miss the conversations we’ve given up because of it. (Toward that end, I’m setting up a little forum for subscribers that I hope to have ready to roll out with the spring issue — but we’ll see!)

When I read The Handmaid’s Tale, I seriously thought it was the scariest book I’d ever read. It seems even scarier now. I’ve often wondered how Margaret Atwood feels about her dystopia in light of current world events, and now I know! (Aside: Are you planning to watch the TV adaptation? A year ago, I would have been all-in, but now I’m worried that it will just freak me out.)

 

at home/school/life

on the blog: It’s your last chance to vote for the MOST HOMESCHOOLERY THING EVER.

one year ago: Ideas for celebrating every day of National Poetry Month

two years ago: 3 Fun Ways to Welcome Spring to Your Homeschool

three years ago: Sentimental flashback: How this magazine got started

 

reading list

Colors of Madeleine update: I finished The Cracks in the Kingdom and am moving on to A Tangle of Gold. As soon as the spring issue ships. (I guessed the big twist — I made Suzanne tell me that I was right — but that didn't make it any less brilliant. I'm enjoying these books so much.)

My poor abandoned children, who are cruelly forced to entertain themselves while I am in get-this-issue done mode, are reading The Wingsnatchers and say, “It is really good, which you would know if you were reading it with us.” So parenting fail, but at least they are reading something good!

Meanwhile, in academic reading: Ancient Greece: From Prehistory to Hellenistic Times, The Scarlet Letter, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, A Room of One’s Own

 

at home

I have discovered this British version of House Hunters on Netflix, where people shop for houses in the English countryside, and I tell you, it is like balm for the soul.

Again this week, we are subsisting on Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken and takeout Mexican, and we did not actually make cookies this week. (We bought the frozen macarons at TJ’s instead.) This is how all my big deadlines end up. 

I’m thinking of making this Amaretto Olive Oil Cake for Seder this year. But there has to be something chocolate, too, right?


Summer Reading: If You Loved The Little House Books

Did you love the Little House series? These books — for every reading level — share the simple, everyday details of life in the American past. If you’re looking for books like Little House on the Prairie, these titles are good place to start.  

 

Your Next Picture Book:

The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats
 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats perfectly captures the magic of a little boy’s first snow day.

 

Your Next Chapter Book

The Birchbark House
By Louise Erdrich
 

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich does for the Native American experience what Little House did for the pioneers, chronicling the rhythms of life through a child’s eyes.

 

Your Next Readaloud:

Understood Betsy - Illustrated
By Dorothy Canfield
 

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher tells the story of a city-reared girl who learns to love the labors of country living.

 

Your Next Teen Read:

 

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is usually recommended for middle school, but the story of Karana’s self-sufficient life alone on a California island may be more deeply appreciated by older readers.

 

Your Next Grown-Up Book:

My Antonia
By Willa Cather
 

My Antonia by Willa Cather illuminates the story of the American West — and gives voice to some of the more adult difficulties of pioneer life — through the relationship of Jim and Bohemian immigrant Antonia.

 

We’re reprinting some of Amy’s summer reading series favorites from home/school/life magazine. This list appeared in our 2014 summer reading guide.


What You Should Read in Elementary School

What You Should Read in Elementary School

Whatever else you read, make time for these classics before middle school.