Time for the Sunday Sweep! Favorite resources that fueled our curiosity this past week.
Documentary of the Week: American History Tellers Podcast
It's, like, an audio documentary. I was hooked on this series since episode one. Lindsey Graham (not that Lindsey Graham) does a masterful job of placing you right into the action, whether it be the Cold War, Prohibition, the Age of Jackson, or - in the case of the current six-part series - the Space Race. My kids occasionally listen along with me, but I actually count this podcast as one of my guilty pleasures. I like to listen with headphones while I'm walking.
Also, in case you are not already a seasoned podcast listener and don't have a favorite way to listen, I highly recommend the app PocketCasts.
Game of the Week: New York 1901
We have a tradition of buying a new board game (or two...or three...) for each Jewish holiday. New York 1901 was the star of our Shavuot afternoons (when we weren't sleeping off exhaustion from a late night of learning, that is). We probably played it about six times and I still haven't figured out how to beat my 10-year-old. The pieces are lovely and sturdy, the game play is not too complicated, but I have a feeling that developing a winning strategy will take some time. I'd compare this to Ticket to Ride, but with the added challenge of some spatial reasoning.
Bonus Awesomeness: Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner
I lost my planner last week. Monday rolled around and I couldn't find it anywhere. It was like I was missing half my brain. I have settled into a comfortable habit of planning out meals, subjects, reading goals and work goals on Sunday so that I can then move comfortably into execution mode and totally kill it with my productivity during the week. Without my planner, that just didn't happen. I floundered during our school hours. I futzed around during the few hours that I could have been working, and we ate pizza for dinner three times. Thankfully, I had to move the couch to retrieve a dropped toy and there was the other half of my brain!
(For my Jewish friends: there are some Christian references in some areas of this book - e.g. there might be a small verse from the New Testament printed on the bottom corner. Doesn't have to be a big deal unless you make it one.)
Don't forget to peek at my Instagram to see what awesome books we enjoyed this week. Got a favorite resource that fueled your curiosity this week? Leave a comment and point me in the right direction!
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