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    April 27, 2018 by Brandy Vencel



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    Good news this week if you are a Plutarch junkie like I am! Anne White’s new Plutarch volume (volume four, to be exact) is out! Featuring the lives of Demosthenes, Cicero, and Demetrius, I am positive this is just as wonderful as all the other volumes in the series.

    I’ve been teaching Plutarch and doing Plutarch with my children for a long time now. I an honestly say I have never taught Plutarch without Anne White’s help. If you want to know how to teach Plutarch, just buy The Plutarch Primer to get started.


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    A couple days ago, I asked those of you on Facebook to help me figure out where to shop for play clothes for late elementary aged students. I had never tried ThredUp before, but I figured this was a good excuse, especially since clothes are feeling even less affordable than normal because my Suburban is in the shop. (Again — I keep telling myself that this is what I get for driving a 20-year-old vehicle!)

    We haven’t received the clothing yet, but the buying experience was great — I love the way I can separate shirts by type of sleeve, size, brand, whatever. It was quick and easy. I pretty much never go shopping, which is not necessarily a good policy, but it is reality, so this was a great solution.

    What I really wanted to tell you about, though is the Honey browser extension. I’ve been enjoying it, but my experience with ThredUp takes the cake. I mean, the purchase was already affordable, and then Honey saved me almost $25 on top of that!

    What Honey does is keep a record of pretty much every coupon code in existence. When you go to a site, Honey offers to try every code it knows and find you the best deal. It’s pretty amazing. I used to spend a lot of time searching for coupon codes, so this is something I find super convenient.

    If you want to try out Honey, click here.


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    There’s a new episode of Scholé Sisters out today!

    Short answer: yes. It’s for kids, too. Even yours.


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    I don’t know if you’re aware of what’s been going on here in California, but those of us who choose alternative forms of education — public charters, private schools, and homeschools — have felt under attack from every direction. I can’t tell you how encouraging it has been, however, so see so many come together:

    The exciting part is that WE WON!! We really won! As a native Californian (my family has been here for many generations), it has been disheartening to feel bullied by our government over the past decade. This was SO encouraging, and a reminder that when we do something about the problems, sometimes we actually defeat them!


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    This month in 2015:

    It’s a good time to revisit this one.  It’s also an AfterCast episode, so you can even listen to it, if you like. Just click play right in the post. 🙂


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  • Reply Brenda April 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Just read the article about the Stockton mayor, and what really jumped out at me was the paragraph about the Advance Peace initiative “which provides mentors and stipends for reformed violent criminals.” I just listed to a podcast episode on Freakonomics called “When Helping Hurts”, which focused on the Cambridge Somerville Youth project. Bottom line: mentorship programs were found to have no effect on helping youth overcome negative life circumstances, and may even do some harm. Even the researchers involved were shocked.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 30, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Wow. That honestly surprises me, and I’m usually skeptical of programs! I’ll have to look that episode up.

      I honestly think the world would be a better place if programs — both public as well as private and nonprofit — were judged by outcomes rather than intentions.

      • Reply Brenda April 30, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Ohhh, than you really should try to find that episode. It is very much about measuring programs by studying the outcomes, not intentions. Very thought-provoking.

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