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Book Review: Mouse Guard by David Petersen

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, the first book in David Petersen’s graphic novel series about a band of warrior mice reads like a cross between Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge and Brian Jacques’ Redwall.

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Book Review: Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Mister Monday, the first book in Garth Nix’s The Keys to the Kingdom fantasy series is an extraordinary fantasy novel of competing agendas, time-bending experiences, and mysteriously fatal epidemics.

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Book Review: Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia & Kate #1)

Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia & Kate #1) By Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer Harcourt, 2004 Age Range: Middle Grade and up The events in Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot play out over a series of letters between two cousins in Regency…

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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old¬†boards Howl’s Moving Castle, travels by airship in The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket, and provides friendly encouragement to Kenneth Graham’s Reluctant Dragon. ¬†

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My OcTBR Reading Challenge

Eighty-seven years ago, I decided that my resolution for 2020 would be to deal with my 45-book high Currently Reading tower. Good news? I’ve gotten the pile down to a mere 28 books. Bad news? It’s October. Time to kick it into high gear. Enter the #OcTBRChallenge.

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What are we going to do about school?

There are as many opinions on when and how to reopen schools as there are people in the discussion. How can parents parse all of this competing information to figure out the least imperfect option for their families when it comes to sending their kids to school this fall?

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I tried 6 easy homemade face mask patterns. Here’s what happened.

There are a ton of handmade mask patterns out there. Luckily my habit of starting and abandoning various crafting projects has left me with a generous supply of quilting fabric, bias tape, elastic, thread, bandanas, old t-shirts, and flannel lying around the house. So I decided to put those raw materials to work by making and reviewing 6 so-called “easy” cloth face mask patterns.

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Educational Resources – Science and Math

Online and offline activity suggestions for parenting looking to keep their kids engaged with science and math while their regular school is closed.

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Educational Resources – Scheduling and Course Planning

There are as many plans for managing this time as there are parents and educators willing to post about them online. Here are a few of the frameworks for schedules and course development that I’ve found so far. Send me your suggestions, and I’ll add them to the list!

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“This is not helpful information right now, Mommyo”

We are on Day Five of The Howells All Being Home At Once, and things are going about as well as can be expected, to borrow one of my husband’s more useful phrases. Today’s installment includes lessons in homeschooling by the under-equipped and other tidbits from our attempt to shelter in place.

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