Poolside Professional Development (plus fun books to read this summer!) {Episode 22}

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Poolside Professional Development (Plus Fun Books to Read this Summer!)


The sisters are chatting books! Yeah!

They’re sharing fun books, plus books to get you ready for homeschooling *next* year- what Cait calls, “Poolside Professional Development” books. (Doesn’t that sound so fancy?!)

The gals are going to help load your Amazon cart or make the librarian look at you a little funny, but you’ll also get a ton of ideas for books that take you away from it all, and then get you inspired for next year.

Warning: Don’t try to keep up with them all while listening- we’re linking to all of them in the show notes for this episode.



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LINKS FROM THE EPISODE | Poolside Professional Development

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0977985253″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Arithmetic for Parents: A Book for Grownups about Children’s Mathematics[/easyazon_link] by Ron Aharoni
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1945899018″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Avoid Hard Work!: And Other Encouraging Mathematical Problem-Solving Tips for the Young, The Very Young, and The Young at Heart[/easyazon_link] by Maria Droujkova, James Tanton, Yelena Mcmanaman 
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1626253730″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children[/easyazon_link] by Angela J. Hanscom
  • Books for the New Year | Kortney Garrison, One Deep Drawer
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0310329302″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life[/easyazon_link] by Shauna Niequist
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0778330680″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book About a not so Perfect Mom[/easyazon_link] by Bunmi Laditan 
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0143108069″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education[/easyazon_link] by Ken Robinson Ph.D.
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0804137382″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less[/easyazon_link] by Greg McKeown
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1888947004″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Free at Last: the Sudbury Valley School[/easyazon_link]by Daniel Greenberg
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1444722174″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Get Some Headspace: 10 Minutes Can Make All the Difference[/easyazon_link]by Andy Puddicombe
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0310344131″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Give Your Child the World[/easyazon_link] by Jamie C. Martin
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00HCIW9XO” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Headspace[/easyazon_link] (mindfulness app)
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0201484048″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]John Holt[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”156512605X” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder[/easyazon_link]by Richard Louv
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1892083205″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It[/easyazon_link] by Denise Gaskins
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1532894422″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Math and Magic in Wonderland[/easyazon_link] by Lilac Mohr
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1611802423″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Mindful Learning[/easyazon_link]by Dr. Craig Hassed and Dr. Richard Chambers 
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”034554806X” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind[/easyazon_link]by Daniel J. Siegel
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”014312885X” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World[/easyazon_link]by Adam Grant 
  • Poolside Professional Development | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1599474808″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Raising Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character[/easyazon_link]by Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0345507983″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids[/easyazon_link] by Kim John Payne
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1501158791″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day[/easyazon_link] (Audiobook) by Becky Rapinchuk 
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1539560473″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Strength Finder 2.0[/easyazon_link] by Tom Rath
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1324001259″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms[/easyazon_link]by Timothy D. Walker
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B001S51VFO” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Great Courses: Basic Math[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0143129988″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups[/easyazon_link] by Erika Christakis
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing[/easyazon_link] by Marie Kondō
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0307338401″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Secret of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks[/easyazon_link] by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1455508373″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined[/easyazon_link]by Salman Khan
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0062247026″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money[/easyazon_link] by Ron Lieber
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0553386697″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Whole-Brained Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind[/easyazon_link] by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1501173219″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]All the Light We Cannot See[/easyazon_link]by Anthony Doerr
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0062398911″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]A Study in Charlotte[/easyazon_link] (series) by Brittany Cavallaro
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0718031822″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards[/easyazon_link] by Jen Hatmaker
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0141441143″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Jane Eyre[/easyazon_link] by Charlotte Brontë
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0316058432″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Mr. Popper’s Penguins[/easyazon_link] by Richard Atwater
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0440212561″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Outlander[/easyazon_link] (series) by Diana Gabaldon
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0380730405″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Rebecca[/easyazon_link] by Daphne Du Maurier
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0761169253″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Steal Like an Artist:10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative[/easyazon_link] by Austin Kleon
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0143113496″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Tana French (series)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0986223506″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Green Ember[/easyazon_link] (series) by S.D. Smith
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1250080401″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Nightingale[/easyazon_link] by Kristin Hannah
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”159514188X” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Thirteen Reasons Why[/easyazon_link] by Jay Asher
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0312663153″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Winter Garden[/easyazon_link] by Kristen Hannah

Finnegan & the tufted titmouse

kara’s birthday book stack

You guys … WHAT IS HAPPENING????? ?

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17 thoughts on “Poolside Professional Development (plus fun books to read this summer!) {Episode 22}

  1. thefarrellmamablog says:

    Just finished “Give your child the world” Loved it!! and in the middle of “Last child in the woods” It is speaking to my passion!!! I also have “Loving the little years” coming in the mail!
    Thank you so much for your suggestions and encouragement! Love all your podcasts and great ideas and your excitement for teaching and parenting is contagious.
    When I feel overwhelmed or discourage I make a cup of tea and turn on one of your episodes and I always feel reassured and built up. I feel like “I do got this” Thanks gals your the best. Jenny

  2. Kate says:

    I haven’t listened to the entire podcast yet, so maybe you mentioned it, but there is a Great Courses series on mental math tricks that is quite good. If I’m remembering correctly, Arthur Benjamin is the lecturer.

  3. Tamara says:

    I love your podcast! And I love that you did an episode all about books, one of my favorite things. Your suggestions were great and my TBR list exploded a bit. Thank you so much! I wanted to leave two comments after listening. First, the movie for Mr. Popper’s Penguins is nothing like the book. The only similarity was that there were penguins. So read it with confidence. We did it as a read aloud last year and it was a big hit! (I agree that the movie version with Jim Carey was terrible.) Second, I wanted to recommend a book that totally changed my world, Setting Limits: How to Raise Responsible, Independent Children by Providing Clear Boundaries by Robert J. MacKenzie. I read the classroom version as a public school teacher and it fixed all of my behavior issues. It was seriously like magic. I have the parenting version for my kids and it works at home too. It is the book that I come back to every time we start having drama. I highly recommend it! Thank you for a wonderful podcast. Everytime I listen to you guys I feel like I’m hanging out with homeschool mama friends.

  4. Kim says:

    HI! Loved this podcast and can’t wait to dive into ALL the books! I wanted to recommend “Raising Financially Confident Kids” by Mary Hunt, since you mentioned trying navigate allowance, etc. We have found it to be really helpful!

  5. Andrea Quimby says:

    Thank you for this! I just requested “All the Light We Cannot See” at the library, along with a few others. I just finished Elizabeth Strout’s new book in one afternoon. I highly recommend it.

  6. Laura says:

    Please host a book club for Confessions of. Domestic Failure, that would be the best! Thank you for all you do!

  7. Jen Moran says:

    Love you two! First heard you both when Julie Bogart interviewed you for one of her podcasts. The book I am most excited to read this summer for my poolside professional development is Mary Ann Johnson’s “Becoming a Present Parent: Connecting with Your Children in 5 Minutes or Less” She also has a workbook to go along with it.

  8. Patty says:

    So, I just recently started homeschooling 2 of my children, and learned about The Homeschool Sisters, so I’m binge listening from the beginning. This is one of my favorite episodes so far, and you just mentioned a couple of Kristin Hannah books…I wanted to share that 2 of my favorites by her are Firefly Lane and the sequel Fly Away. Also, Magic Hour! Another author I’ve recently enjoyed in fiction is The Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand.

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