Resources to Help Kids Stay Busy During the Remainder of the School Year

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A few weeks ago, my oldest is suddenly home from school and my family and I decided to supplement what she’s learned from school by having a simple homeschool routine for her. As of this week (the week this post is going up) our school system is busy preparing for online learning. We’ll be haring from their teacher on Thursday to see how this new set-up will work for everyone.

Here are a list of resources I’ve gathered to help us through this transition. Keep in mind that links preceding a ($) were either purchased, or are subscription based.

These are the ones we use often. Please feel free to leave links to other resources in the comments section 🙂

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SPL March Book: The Nickel Boys

The capacity to suffer. Elwood — and all the Nickel boys — existed in the capacity. Breathed in it, ate in it, dreamed in it. That was their lives now. Otherwise they would have perished. The beatings, the rapes, the unrelenting winnowing of themselves. They endured. But to love those who would have destroyed them? To make that leap? . . . Elwood shook his head. What a thing to ask. What an impossible thing.

Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. p 172

When I found out our book club’s March pick was The Nickel Boys, I got excited. After all, I have heard great things about The Underground Railroad. The Nickel Boys follows Elwood and the other kids admitted to Nickel, a school based on the reform school which operated for 111 years. It also paints a picture of what the school is for and how it operates.

So a few things I enjoyed / liked about this book:

  • I love how the story opens up with a group of students finding out about a graveyard and an unmarked grave site, both by the school, and what it meant in relation to the students who attended Nickel. It upset me in a way because for some reason, I knew that those bodies belonged to the students. It made me wonder just what kind of school Nickel was, and what the students endured during their time there. Yes it was a bit grim, but that was a great opening for this book.
  • I liked that it was divided into 3 different parts: pre-Nickel Elwood (although how he got admitted was just wrong); Nickel Elwood; and post-Nickel Elwood.
  • And that TWIST closer to the end!

If there was anything I wished there was more of, I would’ve loved to see more brutality. It would’ve made me incredibly uncomfortable, but I felt like it was lacking a bit in that department. We hear stories, and in some cases we’re put in the environment of the punishment but we’re not supposed to talk about it. There are times when reading this book, I tell myself, “What happened??? I want to know!”

It was also would’ve been great if we were able to follow other kids as faithfully as we did Elwood. With him, we were able to experience his beating and how that affected his attitude towards Spencer, Nickel, and the other boys. With the others, we deal with the aftermath without fully knowing how we got there in the first place.

Have you read The Nickel Boys? What are your thoughts about it?

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The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

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I have decided to finally take on The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

I spent a good amount of my teenage years watching Gilmore Girls. I’m not sure what drew me into this show. It might have been their fast conversations, Lorelai and Rory’s relationship, the small town and the weirdness of it and it’s population. One thing is for sure though, I adored the fact that Rory reads. and I mean READ. She may not always be seen with a book in hand but the show made it clear how big of a reader she was.

And because I’m a big fan of the show, I’m here trying to see if I can read through the books mentioned / referenced / appeared on the show. It’s a hefty list but I also enjoy reading. Plus in this challenge I will make it easier for myself to keep me going:

  1. There will be no time limit. I can do this challenge in my lifetime; and
  2. If the story doesn’t catch my interest enough, there is no pressure in finishing it. Why? Because one person’s favourite will not always be another’s.

So there it is. Below is a list I found which has been referenced in the show. I will be marking those I have read as I finish them, and those which I have already read before I even started this challenge.

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Ep. 5 – July Wrap-Up, Currently Reading, and August Reading Plans

SHE READS AGAIN podcast

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In today’s episode, I share with you the books I’ve read in July, what I’m currently reading, and my reading plans for the month of August.

Books mentioned:

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Ep. 4 – Baby Teeth

Image of a page from Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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This week’s episode is coming in at you a few days late due to personal reasons and I deeply apologize for the delay.

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Ep. 3 – June 2019 Wrap-Up

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In this episode, I talk about the books I read in June. Since June is Pride Month, I made a conscious effort to pick books which features LGBTQ authors and/or characters.

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Ep. 2 – Library Reads | May 2019

Library Reads | May 2019

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For my second episode, I wanted to introduce you all to a series which started as blog posts and I would now like to turn into podcast episodes.

Library Reads is a series about the books my daughter borrows from the library. We don’t necessarily end up reading all of the books we borrow from the library, but the ones we do sometimes would be read multiple times in the three weeks we have them.

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Ep. 1 – What If It’s Us

What If It's Us By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Welcome to the podcast’s very first episode!

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Please be advised that this episode contains spoilers so feel free to hit pause if you would like to read or listen to the book spoiler free. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Library Reads: April 2019

Library Reads is a monthly wrap-up of what my toddler pulls out of the library shelves to read before bed. Sometimes we get to read them all, sometimes we don’t.

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What we read this month:

  • Hi, Harry! (Martin Waddell) – Meet Harry the tortoise who is looking for someone to play slow games, like Slow Races, with him; and who understands how great it is being slow.
  • Do You Want To Be My Friend? (Eric Carle) – We follow a little mouse in search of the best friend or companion for him.
  • A Isn’t For Fox: An Isn’t Alphabet (Wendy Ulmer) – This is a different take on the alphabet picture books. It’s silly, funny, and the illustrations are quite good.
  • Walrus In The Baththub (Deborah Underwood) – This is this month’s favourite. For the three weeks we have this, we probably read it 95% of the time. Walrus In The Bathtub is about a family who moves in to their new house and finds out there is a walrus in their bathtub. He sings walrus songs, orders clams, and pretty much floods the bathroom. There is happy ending to this, I promise. 😀

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