Potpurri II

We are back to listening audio books in the car. We heard Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, which we had read before, Betsy-Tacy, which the girls enjoyed (and the parents too :-), what a clean, sweet, and charming story of a friendship), the Just So Stories (a bit over the roof for them, we will go back to this or the book at the right time. For now they love The Elephant's Child because we have it and I can read it slower than the narration), and now we are listening Pippi Longstocking
I can see how I've read before some objections since Pippi, in the beginning chapters, tells her neighbors Tom and Anika that yes,'that which I said is a lie', -she was saying that people in Egypt walk backwards, and in India they walk on their hands, and tells them that people in the Belgium Congo lie all the time, and if I occasionally do, it may be because I stayed there way longer than I should have. She makes up stories). But in my perception of the issue, Pippi is not a 'real child', she doesn't have parental guidance, and she doesn't behave according to the norm (by the way, I propose she is the incarnation of the ' unattended and neglected unschooler', ha ha ha ha). I believe children and parents alike can live some eccentricity through Pippi and that rebellious spirit that doesn't conform but helps us question our norms and see things different, also making us value our 'securities' in a different light and dimension.
A friend gave us this zoo domino. She loves games and plays many with her family. I'm looking forward to a game night, but my husband thinks they are too young though I say they can play some card games, dominoes, who spill the beans, Candy lane...he prefers UNO, Mexican train, etc. Little Bean is still 3 and a half, but smart, so who knows, maybe we start playing games us three and dad will join.

For math we are doing MEP, level 1, (but not every day). and I love the exercises they always involve movement and manipulatives. I have to adapt them (we don't have class peers to come to the front), but I find other things that go with the concept being taught, and I incorporate them in our daily life, not just if/when we 'do school'.


We've continued making some experiments from the book PROVE IT. This one was another water one to prove that soapy water is heavier and has a stronger pull than clear water. Since the men arms were in the way, we just cut pieces of paper and surely the one in the soapy water sinks faster.
experiment 3 pics

We went to the duck park last Saturday and (so sad I forgot the camera) we observed the ducks closely. We were by ourselves, the pond had a couple of new families and looking at those small ducklings, the geese, and feeding them had a lot of impact in the girls this past time.

book 1

From our library sale findings, The Elephant's Child story is charming, beautifully illustrated, and a home favorite.


Finally we are almost finished with Pinocchio. We have three more chapters. We had to return it to the library months ago, and had to wait for it for long. This is the version we adore, by Roberto Innocenti. Blue Heart seems to be clicking and projecting herself a lot in the readings about Pinocchio wanting to obey but not succeeding, and following Lampwick to Playland.

a house cover

Also from our sale findings, A House is a House for Me is my ultimate rhyming, logical thinking, lovely book favorite. It's written with exquisite ingenuity.
Do you know Veronica? a conspicuous hippopotamus? A tale about being careful what you wish for. Another family favorite. We also read Veronica at the farm and other books by Roger Duvoisin, a marvelous author.

Lastly The Scarlet Letter. I have a few pages to finish, and I came across the ending but did not stop to see details, however I have an idea and it's not a happy ending, but well, from the first page you know that. I believe no matter how it ends, I'll still have profound admiration for NH and this his novel. I remember Blossom said that she did not know before reading it that someone could say so much with words. I agree, I bet I'm not the first or last to say that his writing is so unique, it's like making feelings, emotions, traits be tangible with his descriptions. The whole pace of the book is perfect.

scarlet b

13 opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I need to check into that Prove It book. Looks like fun going on.

Pam said...

Excellent ideas. You are an excellent researcher and teacher to your young ones, and a great help to homeschoolers everywhere. Keep up the good work.

Silvia said...

No Ordinary Me: if you can't find Prove It, just any easy experiments book will help you and provide fun, why easy, because if you have everything you need at home, chances are you'll do it!

Pam: Thanks for the compliment...I'm just a very curious and opinionated mom. Thanks for the encouragement, it's an honor if YOU (a experienced and devoted teacher and mom) think I'm of any help. HUGS.

Kim said...

I really enjoyed reading Pippi Longstocking and actually took a class in college all focused on the books by author Astrid Lindgren. I think we can share these stories with our kids (after we read through them first) and explain some of the good and bad decisions the characters make to help our kids see how those decisions have real outcomes.

Silvia said...

Kim: I totally agree, characters are like people, some are good, some bad, most in between, when they make mistakes and suffer consequences, it can be a lesson without having to go through one in our flesh. However, in my op. the problem resides in what is the value of the whole book (literary quality, the point of view or goal of the author), does it make sense? So while I won't read Twilight or sequels justifying that we can 'learn' from the characters, I'd read Dickens at anytime.

Ellen said...

Silvia, I'm so glad you're enjoying _The Scarlet Letter_. I read it in high school and HATED it (way too young!) and then again in college and loved it. I think it's time for another re-read!

Kim said...

Of course that makes sense re: decisions to read certain material based on the book as a whole and I totally agree. I don't think I've ever read The Scarlet Letter but may add that to my list next.

Jeanne said...

Some luverly literature 'ere!!

We adored Pippi...and Pinocchio...and Just So Stories. We also love Nathaniel Hawthorne. I think The Scarlet Letter is an AO book in another year or two, so I'll have to patiently wait on this one!

Silvia said...

Jeanne : I know you and your dd will LOVE LOVE to read and discuss The Scarlet Letter, I can't believe it's not that mentioned in the Spanish circles (at least it wasn't when I studied, unlike other American classics), and to me, the fact that now I could read it in English gives me great satisfaction. I believe AO selection with some of our own additions and a few possible substitutions when needed, is a character forming curriculum that also exposes you to other subjects through amazing books.

Anonymous said...

Omy goodness, we are connected. I haven't been over in a few days but I was just thinking about road schooling ideas too! esp. Books on CD for the car. We also love that illustrated version of The Elephant's Child. It's H's favorite of the Just So Stories. I'll come back when I can catch up.

Nancy said...

Well, you'll just have to come see Betsy's house when you visit us someday!

Silvia said...

Sigh) I visited the website and the houses are adorable. I wish I could go tomorrow, I'll love to meet you and as I see, there's quite nice things to do where you live.
I know these houses are beautiful, but visiting YOURS, Miss Nancy, would be equally if no more an event for us.
(I still hope ONE DAY I'll make it to one of the retreats, conferences, or simply a visit)

Amy in Peru said...

Audiobooks... ahh yes. perhaps one of the most beloved and dearly missed things about living near a library!

and I'm right there with you on wanting to go to one of Nancy's retreats... we'll have to coordinate! :)

amy in peru


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