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Stuff We Like :: 6.30.17

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

Where did June go, you guys!?

 

around the web

This is our official high school summer reading list: A curriculum for white Americans to educate themselves on race and racism. (See also: Reading list for summer in participatory citizenship)

Will somebody please buy me all of these wall decals of women scientists/engineers/mathematicians? Thank you very much. (The whole Beyond Curie project is awesome.)

Relevant to my interests: Gendered Treatments of Trauma during the First World War

Hilarious: How Dr Seuss could simplify boring, wordy documents

You may notice the absence of the video for "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)." That's because I broke down crying in the middle of watching it and couldn't finish. Maybe you'll have better luck.

 

at home/school/life

in the classroom: Just an FYI that we’re putting a hold on our online classes for one more term while I help my husband get his hybrid high school up and running this fall. (If you’re in the Atlanta area, you can always take a class with Suzanne or with me at the Academy.) We do plan to get back to classes—but a girl can only have so much on her to-do list at a time.

on the blog: Are you keeping up with our summer reading series? Suzanne has some great recommendations for addictive summer series.

one year ago: 6 surprising signs you’re actually doing a great job homeschooling

two years ago: The Rory Gilmore reading challenge, Emily Dickinson on Facebook, spoon puppets, Richard III and more feature in this Stuff We Like roundup from July 2015. 

three years ago: 11 reasons we love the summer (2014) issue of home/school/life (our second official issue!)

 

reading list

My Library Chicken report for this week: Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School (+1, work-related), Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers (+1, work-related), Queen Lucia (+0, read on Kindle), Miss Mapp (+0, read on Kindle), The Hearts We Sold (+0, advance copy), Just One Damned Thing After Another (-1, returned unread—I wanted to read this so much [British time travel antics!], but then I made the mistake of reading a review that compared it to Douglas Adams and another that called it a funnier Connie Willis, and I just knew it couldn't live up to that and I needed more space between reading it [which I will eventually because British time travel antics] and reading about it)

Homeschool reading: The Book of Unknown Americans, Art and Physics (with my almost-10th grader); The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardobe, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, Ick! Yuck! Eew!: Our Gross American History (with my almost-4th grader)

Our current family readaloud: The Dark Is Rising

 

at home

I am in that place where I am trying to do too much, but everything I am doing is really important, so I have to keep juggling all the balls for a while. If you, too, find yourself in this position, I encourage you to (1.) get better at saying no! and (2.) invest in a bottle of Library of Flowers Forget Me Not bubble bath to make the most of those cobbled-together minutes of down time.

Cookie of the week: Billionaire bars (I could eat all of these by myself, but that might just be the deadline talking. :))


Stuff We Like :: 5.6.16

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

Happy May, everyone! And special thanks to Amy for letting me take over Stuff We Like this week! I’m busy getting ready for the summer Hamilton History class (register today!) so I’ll do my best to limit the number of Hamilton-related links, but I can’t help starting off with one (or two or three…) 

Around the Web

Awesome Hamilton Broadway Crossover Pt. 1: For when you’ve memorized the cast recording and start wondering how other great Broadway shows would sound Hamilton-ized, here’s the cast doing their version of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” (Demon barber Sweeney Todd/I am the demon barber Sweeney Todd…)

Awesome Hamilton Broadway Crossover Pt. 2: A conversation between my favorite Alexander Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and my favorite John Adams, aka the actor William Daniels, from the other great Broadway musical about American history (and my favorite July 4th movie-watching tradition), 1776

Speaking of politics, it’s time for my election-year rewatch of The West Wing (I’m also enjoying Joshua Malina’s new podcast The West Wing Weekly) and I was thrilled to see C.J. Cregg herself taking the podium at a recent White House press briefing (and was reminded of these two adorable West Wing PSAs from a few years back—walk and talk, anyone?)

And now that I seem to have established a theme, here’s #Ham4Ham in the West Wing with Cabinet Battle #1 (makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder…)

 

at home | school | life

in the classroom: Speaking of Hamilton, registration is now open for our summer classes

in the store: Also open: registration for our awesome Homeschool 101 workshop

on the blog: I think we can all identify with the messiness of homeschooling

on instagram: Any excuse to quote Umberto Eco

in the archives: What to read next if you loved Lemony Snicket

 

Reading List

My non-fiction reading at the moment is all Hamilton-related—my favorite so far has been Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life (in which I learned that during his second term George Washington himself was challenged “to point out ONE SINGLE ACT which unequivocally proves you a FRIEND to the INDEPENDENCE of AMERICA,” proving that partisan political speech in this country has always been nasty and bone-headed, a fact I find strangely reassuring at this time of year). I’m midway through Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis, a much shorter book which focuses on several specific events of interest to Hamilton fans (the duel, the Jefferson-Hamilton-Madison dinner, etc.) in which Ellis memorably describes the secretary of the Treasury’s “dashing Hamilton-to-the-rescue demeanor.” (Now I want a Hamilton-to-the-rescue t-shirt.)

For lighter, non-Hamilton-related reading, I’ve been working my way through Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher mysteries (the racier inspiration for the also-very-enjoyable and exceptionally-pretty-to-look-at television series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) from Cocaine Blues to the latest installment, Murder and Mendelssohn, and am hoping that Greenwood will give us some more, now that I’ve become very fond of the indomitable Phryne and her household of devoted minions.

Current read-aloud: the final book of Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, which I confess to reading more slowly than usual, as I’m not ready to say goodbye to this world.

Is it weird that I pre-ordered Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter so that I would get it the day it came out, but haven’t actually read it yet? I like looking at it on my shelf, anticipating how much fun it will be to read, and taking it out every once in a while to admire its encyclopedia-like loveliness and maybe give it a little hug. That’s super-weird, isn’t it?

 

At Home

Superheroes, Pt. 1 (Marvel edition): We’ve already got our tickets for Captain America: Civil War (opening this weekend!) and family relationships are starting to break down along Team Iron Man vs. Team Captain America lines. (For the record, it’s Steve Rogers all the way.)

Superheroes, Pt. 2 (DC edition): Got to catch up on our DVR’d episodes of The Flash (this season is very stressful) and Supergirlcan’t wait to finally see the crossover.

There’s a new Mapp and Lucia on PBS! My well-read copy of E. F. Benson’s Make Way for Lucia is dog-eared and falling apart and I’m a huge fan of the 1980’s adaptation (starring Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan, and Nigel Hawthorne), so I’m very excited to return to the 1930’s and the seaside town of Tilling.

International Tabletop Day was last Saturday (mark your calendars for next year) and this year we tried out Cash N Guns and Last Night On Earth at a local game store. (Apparently we were feeling a bit violent. We’ll have to play a couple of rounds of Pandemic to save the world and make up for it.) 

Coming up in May: We’ll soon be celebrating my eldest’s 18th birthday AND his high school graduation! I couldn’t be happier to reach such major milestones. I also may be having a small nervous breakdown. Clearly, it’s time to pour a glass of wine and listen to Hamilton.

Have a great week!