Last week I meant to link you to this story from Kristen Welch about her ministry that serves trafficked teens. So sorry I sent you to poetry instead—though, well, poetry is a good thing for teens, too. In fact, our friends at Owl’s Nest publishers have just released a book of poetry for teens. For a little insight into why, check out their Instagram post about why teens need poetry.
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Am I Doing Enough?
Sarah Mackenzie encourages moms.
- One of my favorite things is meeting homeschool mamas at conferences.
I’ve been traveling to these conventions for years now, and it’s so interesting to me which questions pop up for us homeschooling mamas again and again.
The Wright Brothers
Mike Wittmer shares some highlights from his recent reading of David McCullough’s biographical nonfiction book.
- I love meticulously researched history books and last week I finally got around to reading David McCullough’s fascinating The Wright Brothers. Ten takeaways:
1. Wilbur and Orville were earnest, plain-spoken, celebrity-averse, hard-working engineers. They didn’t have flashy personalities that provide great material for a biography. They were simple bachelors who lived with their father and sister their whole lives (their mom died when they were boys). The brothers show what you can do if you don’t care what the naysayers nay and if you don’t give up.
Before Music: Where Instruments Come From by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Madison Safer
Megan at Redeemed Reader reviews a fascinating book for young readers about the origins of instruments.
- Where does music come from and how many ways can you make it? Before Music broadens the reader’s horizons on the origin and creativity of people who can’t help delighting in making interesting sounds and music.
12+ Cheese Facts for Kids who Love Cheese
The very fact that this article exists delights me. I had to share it. There’s a printable coloring page, too.
- Today is all about cheese! It doesn’t matter if you prefer soft cheeses, aged cheeses, cottage cheese, or any type of cheese. Let’s learn 12+ cheese facts!
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The Power of Children’s Books to Teach, Uplift and Inspire
Shelly Holt Campbell reminds us of the work children’s books can do.
- I didn’t read much as a kid. Playing games and romping around outside was more my style. The power of a good book didn’t become apparent to me until 8th grade when I was assigned to read To Kill A Mockingbird. It made me feel things.
What? Books can be engaging, amusing and address infuriating issues that matter?
3 Medieval Fiction Novels for MG and YA Readers
Christine Norvell shares novels set in the the medieval period.
- In my personal quest to find worthy reads for my middle school students, I am returning to novels published decades ago. I want my students to learn not just about peoples, places, and dates, but also to experience a time, a life, in the range of centuries known as the medieval era. I didn’t plan it, but each story happens to take place in Great Britain.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Easter is just a month away, and you may be looking for some traditions or crafts to do together as a family. Here are some suggestions.
Something to Watch
How did German engineering figure out measuring milliseconds almost a century ago? Watch to find out!
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