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Stuff We Like :: 11.6.15

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

How is it November already?

around the web

I’m sorry, J.K. Rowling, but I cannot get behind “anti-maj” as the American version of “muggle.” (I will, however, be happily lining up to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“People confuse encouraging kids with telling them you can be anything you want to be… People think they’re the same thing and they’re not.” Really thought-provoking read.

I may be a little obsessed with this: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon


at home/school/life

on the blog: I just love this post from Shawne about navigating beyond fear in our homeschool lives.

on pinterest: These puppy puppets may possibly be the most adorable way to recycle toilet paper rolls.

from the archives: Every time I start to feel insecure about my kids’ social lives, I reread Idzie’s post on how unschooling shaped her social life, and I feel a little better.


reading list

As part of my quest to read all the Alex award winners, I just finished Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril by Timothy Ferris, and I’d recommend it to any tween-teen-ish reader who’s interested in citizen science or astronomy. It’s all about amateur astronomers and their contributions, and it really is an engaging read. (I think I have enjoyed every Alex-award winner I’ve read so far.)

We liked Three Times Lucky so much that we’re about to start Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Fingers crossed that it’s just as good—the reviews seem to be mixed.

I am not saying that James Marsters’ narration is the only reason I decided to listen to Storm Front (the first in the Harry Dresden series), but it is definitely the reason I am sticking with this book through its uneven patches.


at home

I’m almost done with my holiday Boxy (just the sleeves to go!) and about to start work on a striped version of Ecken+Kanten, which seems like it should be such a fun knit.

I’m really bummed about having to order Thanksgiving in this year—I won’t be back to full cooking capacity in time to tackle the turkey. If you could only make one component of your Thanksgiving dinner, which would you pick?

Empire is not a great television show, but oh my gosh, all you Cookie lovers are right. She is awesome.

Stuff We Like :: 9.25.15

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

Hello, autumn! It’s so nice to see you. Our traditional fall hiking trip may be off the table this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to skip our traditional post-hiking funnel cakes, does it?

around the web

It’s a lot more fun to make jokes about the 1880s Presidential races than the 2016 one.

Emily St. John Mandel’s book editing advice is pretty much spot-on.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to build a seven-mile-wide scale model of the solar system?


at home/school/life

on the blog: I love Shelli’s post about making peace with the messiness of homeschool life.

on pinterest: Highlighter pencils? Sign me up!

from the archives: I really liked Watch the Sky—maybe it deserves a spot on your middle grades library list?


reading list

Oh, gosh, we are absolutely loving Three Times Lucky as our morning readaloud. I don’t know how we missed this one for so long.

I’m recommending M.E. Kerr’s short story collection to all my short story writing students. (Do not skip the biographical note at the end!)

Fellow history buffs: I am totally Amazon-stalking SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. It’s scheduled for November, but I keep hoping it will magically ship early.


at home

We are pretty relaxed in our holiday observances (we did a Star Wars-themed Darth Seder a few years ago), but I love the ritual of forgiveness and acceptance, letting go and holding on that comes with Yom Kippur.

I think I’m making a few of these Fino Circle scarves for holiday presents this year—my brain seems to gravitate toward mindless knitting right now, and at least this mindless knitting produces gorgeous results.

Almost two years ago today, Jas and I had our first conversation about maybe-possibly-what-do-you-think-about starting home/school/life magazine. I’m so glad we took the plunge!