A new writing program, a go-to yeast rolls recipe, what we're watching, and more stuff we like.
It’s a big weekend at Casa Sharony! We’re celebrating my son’s 9th birthday with the Pigeon pool games, a lot of Super Mario Maker, his favorite chocolate cake, and (I’m hoping!) lots of cuddles.
around the web
A Breaking Bad writer is not the first writer I’d think of for a new Anne of Green Gables miniseries, but I’ll obviously be watching this when it comes to Netflix.
This cracked me up. (Get it together, Joan of Arc’s parents!)
at home | school | life
on the blog: I am so inspired by Carrie’s round-up of resources for talking about race with our kids.
on the podcast: While you’re reading this, Suzanne and I will be discussing how to handle it when your homeschooler just plain resists doing the work.
in the classroom: The first day of classes is coming soon! Register now.
on instagram: We might need a bigger art room.
homeschooling: Our homeschool group picked back up this week, and I’m kind of bummed that it doesn’t seem like a good fit for my daughter anymore. Finding a group is so hard, and going back to the drawing board for high school is really stressing me out.
watching: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine because people keep telling me it’s the most philosophically interesting Star Trek
knitting: My Elijah is adorable, but I somehow picked up the stitches for the left leg in the wrong place and had to rip that whole leg out and start over. If you pay attention to where you’re picking up stitches instead of getting distracted by Hathaway’s backstory on Inspector Lewis, this patten is surprisingly simple.
AMY SHARONY is the founder and editor-in-chief of home | school | life magazine. She's a pretty nice person until someone starts pluralizing things with apostrophes, but then all bets are off.
Around the Web
I’ve been enjoying the SDCC news (superheroes! movie trailers! superhero movie trailers!) on my favorite (and sometimes NSFW) movie site BirthMoviesDeath
I love Lynda Barry: When Heidi Met Carrie
Let’s face it: I was never gonna be able to afford to fly to NYC and see Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, but I will miss watching him host Ham4Ham
But (speaking of Lin-Manuel) we’re all excited for Moana, right? Have you seen the Baby Moana trailer?
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for subscribers: We added the Time Cat reading guide to the subscribers library!
on the blog: Don’t miss your chance to enter our fab weather book giveaway.
in the classroom: There’s lots of good stuff coming up on the fall class schedule.
I finally made my way through The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and WOW, now I understand what people have been talking about all these years. Bonus, The Omnibus editions make a very satisfying THUMP when you bring them back to the library returns counter.
Favorite very-post-apocalypse-plus-Brazil-and-matriarchy! YA of the month: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Favorite dutiful-daughter-and-her-doctor-fiance-and-the-squirrel-that-might-come-between-them fiction of the month: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
Favorite French-Revolution-historical-fiction-that-posits-that-Robespierre-was- maybe-not-that-bad-a-guy? of the month: A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
We ain’t afraid of no (female) ghost(-busters): The whole family loved the new Ghostbusters movie!
Haven’t made it to Star Trek Beyond yet (yes, we’re nerds), but we’re busy watching the first two reboot movies in preparation.
Our new kitten is all of FIVE POUNDS now and has already transitioned from fuzzy bitty kitten to mini-cat.
If anyone wants to meet up for a strawberry margarita or two, I think I’ll need it after dropping Eldest Kid off at his COLLEGE ORIENTATION tomorrow. Cheers!
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Welcome to your weekly dose of inspiration to help make this week of your homeschool life just a little bit better.
3 fun things to do this week
You probably won’t need much encouragement for this one, but Monday is Buy a Book Day. (Check out Book Sale Finder to find library book sales going on in your neck of the woods.)
Take advantage of the lingering warm weather to have a real-life Minecraft treasure huntin your backyard.
Have a Star Trek marathon this week to celebrate the series’ television premiere on September 8, 1966. (I think the Next Generation series is the most engaging, but you could go old-school with the original television episodes or screen the two newest installments in the franchise, too.)
3 ideas for this week’s dinners
Grilled green bean salad makes a yummy side for grilled chicken or steak.
There are a lot of steps in this grilled paella recipe, but since the end result is grilled paella, the payoff should be worth it.
This spiced Indian corn recipe will make you want to keep buying every ear of corn at the farmers market until they run out.
one great readaloud
Plot your vengeance against the horrible husband and wife in The Twits, in honor of Roald Dahl’s birthday on September 13.