…History in the News
I’m embarrassed to say that, while I had heard of ANZAC Day many times, I had never bothered to learn what it was. Then I came across this article about the Battle of Galliopi & World War I! The title, Remembering Gallipoli, A WWI Battle That Shaped Today’s Middle East, caught my eye because one thing I love about our history curriculum is the way it sets up today’s current events through events in history. We start World War I in a couple weeks and I am looking forward to learning more about a war that I learned very little about while I was in school.
For years I’ve battled guilt on audiobooks for my kids, whether read alone or in place of me reading aloud to them. That topic is far too complex to get into here but it’s real and I’ve let it consume me for far too long. Then I came across Listening to Audiobooks Isn’t Cheating. “The TL;DR version of all of this is that as far as the mental processes are concerned, there really isn’t much difference between reading and listening to a book. One is not more work than the other.”
This part really spoke to me as it touches on part of where my guilt originates. Coupled with a child who has had great reading difficulties, an overall resistance to stories plus well-meaning people & their formulas for guaranteeing certain results that bare no resemblance to my reality, it’s been a lonely & guilt-ridden walk. I’ve begun to make peace with it in recent years and this article has helped me in that healing.
“There are people who think of reading as a sort of achievement, a mark of honor that you’ve done something worthy of respect,” Willingham said. “There’s this sense that when you have read a book, you’ve done something that is worthy of pride, and it is worthy of other people patting you on the back.”
…Resources for your Classroom
PBS’s Learning Media website is a great one-stop-shop for all sorts of media resources for core subjects as well as arts, foreign languages, etc. I have been using it this year for an easy way to find videos for our history (20th century) & science (physics).
Do you love Crash Course on YouTube? Do you have older students? Crash Course now has a world history curriculum (free!) to correspond with their videos! While I’m not sure it is thorough enough to count as a year-long history course for high schoolers, it does look really good as a one semester course or to supplement with additional history.
…In the Kitchen
I know I don’t have to say it but long days of school and evenings of activities can make for little time for dinner. NPR’s 10 Strategies for Busy Nights has some good tips & reminders to make dinnertimes not always include a trip through the fast-food line, a harried search through the fridge at 4pm or yet-another-night of sandwiches.
Is the weather giving you hints of fall? These pumpkin-spice baked “donut” muffins will make it smell like fall in your home & taste like it in your mouth! A dear friend (who writes a great book & food blog) shared them with me a few years ago and my kids look forward to them every fall.