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Stuff We Like :: 7.15.16

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This week's edition of Stuff We Like comes from Shelli, who always likes such cool stuff!


We haven’t used it for very long yet, but so far my nine-year-old has been enjoying the science curriculum by Elemental Science we picked out for him. It was his first choice when it came to our summer homeschooling plans!

I also love that I stumbled on Carla Sonheim’s art website because it’s just what I needed to get my Art Fridays started again. She has a lot of cool online classes and a few free tutorials too. My boys and I especially enjoyed her Crazy Birds Tutorial



around the web: How do artists make a living? – I think this article is spot on because I’ve had a similar experience. Anyone pursuing a career in the creative arts should read it.

on the blog: We have a few years to go before we enter the high school stage, but I’m sure glad Amy is paving the way for me.

in the archives: I keep looking back at Rebecca’s review of a critical thinking curriculum because I really really want to buy it. 


On my Wishlist

I’m also eyeing these awesome bird posters that I would love to buy for my bird-loving six-year-old. This one? Or this one?



The nine-year-old and I finished reading The Long Winter (he loved it!), which is part of the Little House series. We’ve just started Little Town on the Prairie. We’re also reading Old Yeller, and I’m still getting my daily dose of Calvin and Hobbes.

For myself, I just finished reading I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick and Osian. The author combined some of the known facts of St. Patrick and combined it with the folklore of Ireland to create a fictional account of St. Patrick’s life, and there are many beautiful stories within the larger story. It inspired me to read a little about the real St. Patrick and what is known of him.



Our most current beloved documentaries: BBC’s series The Human Planet (Netflix) – Wow. Just wow. Perfect for social studies! (Parents with sensitive children may want to preview first.) AND  Nature’s Jungle Animal Hospital (PBS) (Parents with sensitive children may want to preview first.)

Just for me: I finally finished the final season of Downton Abbey. If you like happy endings, you’ll like this show. (Sometimes, you just need a happy ending.)