Weekend Web Wandering – October 1, 2016

October? Yes, October! Oh, October…

I’m just going to confess to you: I do not like the season change. I mean, since I’m a hot natured person, I do appreciate cooler temperatures. But I do not appreciate 20-30 degree temperature swings in one day. I lament the loss of flip-flop / sandal weather, since {gulp} now leaving the house will required finding not only shoes, but SOCKS too, for eight pairs of feet.

We’re doing the big clothing switch this weekend. We’re mostly done but now the house really needs cleaned. So, I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee putting together a links round-up. {obviously}

On to the links!

weekly links round-up


  • It’s OK to Say No by Kris Bales at Simple Homeschool. Good reminder. (I have to admit there were a few times this past week where I wish I’d said “NO” to our homeschool co-op. But then there were some reminders of why I love it too.)
  • 4 Ways to Discuss the 2016 Election with Your Kids by Russell Moore. YES! (Side note: my oldest daughter and I got to hear Dr. Moore at the True Woman conference in Indianapolis and we got to meet him and talk with him afterward. Great memory for the two of us.)
  • 7 Books on the White-Black Racial Divide You Should Read by Ivan Mesa. My “to-read” list just grew quite a bit longer.
  • About the Music We Play at Home (With 12 Playlists) by Tsh Oxenreider at Art of Simple. I love these ideas for filling our days with music, even if I don’t quite agree with some of her classifications. (Ingrid Michaelson is definitely Fall or Winter for me!) Bonus: See the end of this post for a few of my music recommendations.
  • Assigned Reading, Free Reading, and Raising Readers by Mystie Winkler. Good suggestions and wise advice here.
  • Opossum vs Possum from Grammarly. Did you know the difference? (Growing up in Tennessee means I’ve always been confused on this one.)
  • I love the 1964 edition of Childcraft. I read it constantly as a child and when I got married and had kids, I made sure we bought our own set. (Off of Craigslist and the lady threw in more books when she found out we were homeschoolers). Anyway, I stumbled on this post from Plumfield and Paideia and now I kind of want some of the other Childcraft books too: Childcraft Series Overview.



From Living Unabridged:

Posting has been light lately (my apologies for that!), but if you’ve ever wondered how I get supper on the table for our family of 8 when no one really feels like cooking, I shared my secrets over at Simplified Pantry: When No One Wants to Make Dinner.

31 authors children loveTwo Years Ago:

One Year Ago:

Some of my favorite resources for filling our home with music:

We love everything from Maestro Classics. We don’t own all of them, yet, but those we do own get played a lot. If you’re unfamiliar with these great products, they are combined music and story and they teach about music, orchestras, history, and so much more in a fun, musical way.

Some other favorites:
zeezok homeschool curriculum
We use Zeezok’s music curriculum to learn about composers and classical music.

What caught your eye this week?

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  1. For helping kids fall in love with quality stories and poetry, I recommend the older Childcraft books. We found more twaddle in the more modern ones. But for the sciences I can see how the newer ones would be better.