21 Questions

Meme origin unknown. I saw this posted on a friend’s Facebook page and about joined Yoda.
  • Where is Lafayette buried?
  • How did the Obelisk of Luxor get to Paris?
  • What’s a Virgo?
  • How much money will mama get from her book?
  • What number is the Roman Numeral VI?
  • What sodas do they serve in Paris cafes?
  • When was the Great Wall of China built?
  • Does France have phone booths?
  • What is today’s date?
  • When did Thomas Jefferson die?
  • What do you mean?
  • When is Easter 2021?
  • When is the next full moon?
  • What is a bucket hat?
  • What are phone cards?
  • What is the Bill of Rights?
  • Can fog go through walls?
  • Is the first person you see in a movie the main character?
  • Why do my legs looks so big?
  • When will Coronoa Virus go away?
  • Why are you crying, mama?

Spending two thousand years at home with an 8-year old and 10-year old has meant…a lot of questions. As we navigate this new world where my children won’t be in school (with someone trained to be patient and answer questions) for seven hours a day, I need some extra guidance on how to educate with grace and patience. Because my response to almost every question is: I don’t know, look it up. Leave me alone, I’m busy*.

Our dining room wall.

A friend who homeschools her children recommended reading “The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life” for an extra perspective and I was smitten!

As a parent considering 100% homeschooling (as in, leave our wonderful public school system until we can safely go back), I loved this book. It is encouraging and cozy, and full of ideas on how to create a house full of magic and enthusiasm for learning. One idea is that any time a child asks a question, have them (or you) write it down on a note and tack it to a high-traffic area in your house. Later in the week, like at dinner, find ways to figure out the answers to a few.

Brilliant!

Because who honestly has time to answer the 500 questions per minute hurled at a working parent?

And of course, if you’re going to put sticky notes all over your walls…they gotta be cute, right? Here are a few swoon-worthy ones:

Parents and caregivers: What is your life looking like with school on the horizon? It takes a village, and we’re in this together, whichever option we decide is the best for our family. Over the next few months, I’ll be adding some kid-approved books and resources that have gotten us through the week. Let me know what you’re enjoying, too!

*book update: I’ve seen the cover draft! I’m meeting with my publicity team! The edits are in, and I’m awaiting copy edits and final revisions! Release date is July 20, 2021. Mark your calendar, I’m throwing a party.

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