This week we've loved-
The New My First Bananagrams (paired with other games- she likes to make up her own)
Marshmallow structures (though one of us did not like how few toothpicks I had on hand)
A new journal and the invitation to write about anything
Mystery Science- "Mapping, Earth's Surface, and Landforms"- creating rivers and streams
Fort by Cynthia DeFelice- Clark finished this around midnight Sunday, ran into the bedroom, and excitedly informed us it was better than Harry Potter. He tends to only read Harry Potter because he rarely finds books he loves. When he finds a good one, though, he does nothing but read. We're reading it as a family now.
Root and Star- this is the most beautiful magazine for children!
Wild Nature Project and Little Tree class starting back up again
This week I loved-
Simple Homeschool- this week started Jamie's annual Homeschool Day in a Life Series
A Webinar from Renne Jain, the founder, and storyteller at GO ZEN, an online program for children (and adults, it is helping us both), who have anxiety. I can't recommend this enough!
The beginnings of a new semester at Women Writing for (a) Change- a retreat in two weeks, class beginning in three.
Sara Holbrook's article, I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems. I had the joy of hearing Sara Holbrook speak and share poetry at a conference for English teachers many years ago. She's wonderful, as is this article, though it's only wonderful in the way that it continues to point fingers at how absurd and convoluted standardized tests are.
We didn't love-
Sickness, some gross stomach bug, and my impatience with adults who are sick.
Reading and then we did and then we didn't. Learning to do something is an exercise in patience and trust for sure! I appreciated Rachel Wolf's post, Homeschooling Truths, regarding reading.
And so you know, I am revising and going back through this ENTIRE blog, reformatting, organizing, revisioning. Maybe you've noticed :) I needed to find my focus here or stop blogging. I'm feeling re-energized, and hope if you are a long time reader (thank you for being a long time reader!), you'll still find what kept you coming back, and if you are a new reader, you'll find many tools and ideas for nurturing the love of learning. Regardless, I'm glad you're here!