seven=day magic

Monday Pep Talk

home|school|life magazine's Monday Pep Talk has lots of fun ideas for planning your homeschool week.

Because sometimes you need more than a cup of coffee to dive into the coming week, we’re kicking off this little series to help inspire you over some of the week’s potential bumps.  

3 fun things to do this week

Relive your childhood with your own kids when Pixels opens on Friday, starring homicidal versions of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and more arcade favorites bent on taking over the planet.

Tie-dye some t-shirts or a summer tablecloth in the backyard. (I love how this abstract watercolor version looks so much more interesting than the typical tie-dye, but I wonder how hard it actually is to pull off.)

Make Seven-Day Magic your morning readaloud. I always forget how much I love this book until I read it again, and then I want to tell everybody I know that they should read it, too.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

You don’t even have to turn on the oven to make this chickpea salad, and you can pile it on some arugula, eat it with a quick tomato salad, or just stuff it in a pita.

In summer, all I want to do is get back out of the kitchen. This quinoa topped with spinach and a fried egg lets me do just that.

My farmers market haul seems to be all about tomatoes and peaches right now, so this tomato-peach salad with tofu cream seems like the perfect side for the inevitable grilled chicken.


one thought to ponder

in case of emergency {because sometimes you need something stronger than inspiration} 

arnold palmer sangria

Summer Reading: Seven-Day Magic

The best kind of book is a magic book.

Edward Eager is no stranger to reading lists. His best-known book Half Magic pops up on them regularly. (We even recommend it in our elementary school reading list.) But his other books often fall by the wayside, and I think that’s a shame, particularly in the case of Seven-Day Magic.

Like Eager’s other books, Seven-Day Magic features a cast of ordinary kids who happen to be avid readers, and their adventures are informed and shaped by the books they’ve read — and in one case, the books they’ve written. When Susan and John meet their new neighbors Barnaby, Abbie, and Fredericka, they’re introduced to the joys of reading, which have everything to do with exploring the treasures on their library’s shelves and little to do with homework assignments and book reports. (Sound familiar?) On one summer browsing expedition, Susan spots a funny little book on a bottom shelf. It doesn’t take them long to discover that the book is magic, and their literary adventures take them to the early days of Oz (maybe), an adventure on the frontier prairie, and even into an epilogue of sorts to Half Magic (which, in a cheerful postmodern twist, the children in Seven-Day Magic have read and loved). These gleeful references to other children's classics are just plain fun. The children's adventures are fairly tame compared to some modern titles — there are no magic wands, no menacing villains, and no super-powered magical objects — but the children are refreshingly ordinary: smart, well-read, and generally well-adjusted.

Seven-Day Magic isn’t action-packed, and its leisurely pace makes it perfect for a summer readaloud. The book is almost like a series of interconnected short stories, so it’s easy to pick up and put down. And its old-fashioned vibe feels just right today, when the world might be a better place if more of us still half-believed that magic is out there, waiting for its moment.


We’re reprinting some of Amy’s summer reading series favorites from Atlanta Homeschool magazine on the home/school/life blog.