2021 School Year

I diligently took end of school year photos and then completely forgot to post them. Now it's tricky to look back when we are already six weeks into our new year, but I'll do my best! Much of the 2021 school year felt off kilter because my youngest son had many appointments at Texas Children's…

The Faerie Queene

Sign up to join the Scholé Sisters 5x5 Reading Challenge! Last year, I set up my categories to overlap my online book clubs and school prereading, but this year, I'm going to set up a few categories that stretch me a bit more. I started my Edmund Spencer category last night by reading aloud the…

Silas Marner

A classic by a new-to-you author. Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot. The Literary Life Podcast. AmblesideOnline Year 10. Silas Marner, a weaver, lives a miserable, lonely life until a mysterious baby girl appears on his doorstep. The girl brings joy and purpose to Marner, but questions about her origin and fate shadow their happy…

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Literary Life Podcast 19 in 2021 Reading Challenge) Reminiscent of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), Stevenson's 12 day travel journal combines descriptions of a mountainous region of France,…

Animal Farm

A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell (AmblesideOnline Year 6) The animals of revolt against their incompetent farmer at the insistence of a charismatic leader only to discover that they've traded one evil for another. A fable that reads well as a story and on the…

The White Horse

A children’s classic. The White Horse(1946) by Elizabeth Goudge. (AO Year 3 free read) Maria and her governess arrive at her ancestral home to discover mystery and wonder. There's a family curse that must be broken to heal the village, and Maria willingly sets out to right past wrongs. This is a very British fairy tale…

Julius Caesar

A classic play. Julius Caesar (1599) by Shakespeare I read Julius Caesar with our micro-co-op which includes my two Form II girls and a friend. I chose it because KOR has it assigned in sixth grade, and I remember enjoying it with my students back in the day. It did not disappoint! Zuzu has repeatedly proclaimed how…

84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road (1970) by Helene Hanff Classics Challenge: Classic by a woman author. 19 in 2021 Reading Challenge. A book of letters. (I'm looking forward to the podcast discussion of the book! Helene Hanff wrote for the stage and television, but claimed fame for her writing about her career. She described her plays…

Winter Morning Time

In the fall, as we adjusted to my new work schedule and starting school at 11, I struggled to find a routine for Morning Time. I didn't want to delay the start of school even later, even for good things, so I attempted to do it over lunch. Singing or reciting and eating don't work.…