the pluto files: the rise and fall of america's favorite planet

At Home with the Editors: Amy’s 9th Grade Reading List

At Home with the Editors: Amy’s 9th Grade Reading List

Our 9th grade homeschool reading list is heavy on U.S. history and literature, with an effort to bring in diverse voices and stories. (Plus lots of physical science and a Studio Ghibli lit class!)

Monday Pep Talk No. 25

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

3 fun things to do this week

Celebrate President’s Day (on Monday) by looking at the human side of the U.S. Presidents through 44 facts—one for each Commander-in-Chief—that you probably didn’t know, including the fact that Obama is a comic book nerd and that Van Buren popularized the word “OK.”

Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17) is one of our favorite holidays. Celebrate by being kind—we’ve got some great ideas in the winter issue, and there’s a huge list of suggestions on the Random Acts of Kindness website, too.

Build your own working battery using pennies and nickels to mark the birthday of Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (Feb. 18), the inventor of the electric battery.


3 ideas for this week’s dinners

On busy days, one-pot meals like this kale and quinoa pilaf make the perfect easy dinner.

I want to come home at the end of a satisfying busy, cold day and eat slow-cooker pulled pork chili with cornbread dumplings, don’t you?

I want to eat spaghetti pie with pecorino and black pepper right now.


one great readaloud

Mark the discovery of Pluto (on Feb. 19, 1930) by reading all about the crazy history of the most controversial planet-not-a-planet in our solar system in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet.


one thought to ponder

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: That’s enough for one man’s life.  
—T.S. Eliot


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

Presidential cocktails