the princess diaries

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.

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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!)


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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.


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


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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.

Stuff We Like :: 6.10.16

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

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I think we all know what I want for Hanukkah this year: this. (Think I can convince Jason to grow a mustache for this one?) Eternal thanks to Stephanie for bringing this to my attention.

Helen Keller is so much cooler than we think she is.

Fascinating: Exploring a French cave has expanded our knowledge of Neanderthals in some really interesting ways

I am not displeased to have ended up as Lucy Honeychurch in this Which Helena Bonham Carter character are you? quiz. (You should take it, too, but use caution: You could be Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Because I would read a cereal box about the Mitford sisters.


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for subscribers: I uploaded a summer bingo reading card to the subscribers’ library. It ties into our summer reading series this year, so grab one if you want to play along! 

on the blog: I liked our new blogger Carrie Pomeroy already, but she totally won me over with her adolescent V.C. Andrews sneak-reading. And I love her post on supporting her kids in their book choices, whatever her personal feelings about them might be.

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about how we got started as homeschoolers.

in the classroom: We’re toying with the idea of doing a one-day workshop online later this summer. Is there something in particular you’d like us to cover?

in the magazine: Coming in July: 8 questions to ask before you buy anything new for your homeschool

in the archives: It’s that time again: The Dreaded Summer Break Question


reading list

on my night table: Greensleeves (my reading pick for the HSL podcast); The Mysterious Affair at Styles (I read this in high school last, and I’d totally forgotten whodunnit); Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (since I need to brush up on my early U.S. literature for this fall), Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich (really digging this)

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Conrad’s Fate, The Princess Diaries, Eight Cousins, Nimona

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Junie B. Jones: Shipwrecked

together: Owls in the Family, The Lost Hero (the kick-off to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, which the kids picked as our summer readaloud series)


at home

watching: Mercy Street with Jason, about a Civil War hospital in Alexandria that treated both Union and Confederate soldiers—it's espeically interesting from a feminist perspective since the show focuses on "ladies" who take on the fairly unladylike task of nursing (I’ve ordered the book Heroines of Mercy Street so that I can nitpick, but I am really enjoying it); Annedroids with the kids—who doesn't love a girl scientist?

knitting: Finishing up my Goldwing, which is pretty and pink (and easy to remember, which makes it great for pool knitting). I made the large version with two skeins of Hawthorne, and it's pretty close to exactly enough yarn.

playing: Super Mario Bros U

eating: haricots verts with herb butter with pretty much every meal

listening: Wild Honey (possibly the perfect pool album) around the web