October Pezze e Piselli, by Briana Elizabeth

Pezze e Piselli is Italian for “patches and peas.” It’s a bits and pieces dish that gets thrown together with whatever pasta bits were leftover from the making of the dough. It was the first thing I thought of when our editor Tammy asked me to revive the long-neglected newsletter and tuck it into a Thursday post for the blog. Who can say no to Tammy? Not me.

Some of these links you’ll remember from the Facebook page. (Have you friended us? You should! We try to make it as relevant and as fun as we can!)

This piece titled The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarteners of Finland by The Atlantic was floating around, and it sparked a lot of questions. Many of us remember kindergarten as a lot of play time interspersed with cutting and pasting and a story or two. We all know that the case is much different now, and we should ask, is that better?  The links within the article are noteworthy as well, so be sure to check them out. It also lined up with this article we shared on Delaying Kindergarten.

We thought this styrofoam cup trick for teaching place value was pretty cool!

One of our authors Jen Naughton wrote a great blog post on what might make a good Norse Myth reading list. It ties in well with this article, Hygge: A Heartwarming Lesson from Denmark.

You might really agree with this list of 10 Things Homeschoolers Wish They Could Say.

If your house is anything like mine, Halloween costumes have been chattered about for the last weeks, and finalizing of pumpkin carving images has happened. Don’t forget to save some seeds for roasting! 

Not to rush you, but November is coming up fast. My family celebrates Martinmas if we can. Here are some links to ponder and get you thinking about what kind of lantern you can make. I’ll post more about that later, too, just in case you forget.

Finally, some posts from STS that were particularly talked about: Georgiana opened her heart and wrote on Homeschooling Through the Hard Times.  And Slow and Steady reminds us all to really ponder how fast we have to work at homeschooling. Is faster always better?

And last but not least….

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