Sunday, June 09, 2013


I just ordered, through my old work(a bookstore) :

Last Child in the Woods
Dinner: a Love Story
Teaching in Your Tiara
In This House of Brede
Lark Rise to Candleford
Strange Gods

They will all come in and I will buy them and we will be poorer but more full of books.


annsy said...

Ooh, I *love* Lark Rise to Candelford! I got it after watching the series, and I was surprised to find that it was different than the TV version, but delightful in its difference. It's like nothing I've read before. I hope you like it!

lissla lissar said...

I've never read it, but it sounds really good.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

I've just started to get interested in reading Lark Rise. I've been watching the episodes intermittently. Well, haven't seen any in a while. Mainly it was while I was in recovery after Lucy was born. When I could spend all day reading and writing because my mom was doing most of the chores. Once she left then I didn't really want to spend my evenings watching shows. I wanted to read and write.

But I think I might like to read the book.

I'm really liking Strange Gods and yet can only read it very slowly. It's not a gobbling kind of book. By the time I get around to finishing it it, I'll probably have forgotten most of the beginning and have to re-read it before I can write anything useful about it.

Looking forward to Teaching in Your Tiara. I love homeschooling books.

lissla lissar said...

I've read fairly few so far- A Little Way of Homeschooling, Real Learning in the Heart of the Home, and some Guide to Homeschooling. I'm really looking forward to Teaching in Your Tiara, because when I read Elizabeth Foss, much as I love her book and blog, I always feel inadequate, because I am by nature lazy and disorganized and anarchic. And I'm an introvert, and as Erin said "kids are people, too!" so I want to GET AWAY from them a lot of the time. So I hope to be comforted in my inadequacies.

Melanie Bettinelli said...

Yeah, I read Real Learning when I was pregnant with Bella and it changed my world. I'd consider it foundational to my homeschooling approach. But when I tried to go back and re-read it recently I just couldn't. I think I took what I needed from it then, the big ideas, but it's not what I need right now, help with the nitty-gritty. Like you, I'm lazy and disorganized and anarchic and introverted.

And I LOVED what Erin said about "kids are people too." That made my day.

lissla lissar said...

Exactly. And I think Elizabeth is by nature organized and enjoys tidying, and I get the sense that being with her kids doesn't tire her out. And she was a preschool teacher so I assume she enjoys that age. I don't think I like the 2-4 age range a whole lot. I like 5 reasonably well, ad I like babies from when they start being fun (eight months? Six months?) until they start talking but having no sense.

I too found Real Learning when I was pregnant with my first and it was my lifeline- it told me that I could homeschool and have it be a wonderful thing. I remember reading the specifics and being unable to understand them, because I had no experience with babies or small children. Now it's all coming much more into focus. And now I know that I am probably not a classical Montessori-Charlotte-Mason-Laura-Berquist homeschool Mom. I like aspects of all of it but there is no way I am doing a timed schedule or tons of worksheets unless my kids request it, and I am not going to magically become someone who loves tidying and crafting with my kids. I am unschool-ish and into benign neglect in order to foster creativity. And then I have a fit when I discover they've been creative with the toothpaste all over the floor :)

Melanie Bettinelli said...

Oh yes.... "I like aspects of it, but there is no way..." I love the Montessori philosophy but I am realizing I could never be a Montessori teacher. Anything with too much structure that requires too much discipline and order.... Charlotte Mason seems more easily tweakable, but maybe that just seems so because I read how Melissa Wiley adapts it to her unschoolish needs. I guess I'm big on education as atmosphere and life. Less so on discipline.

Maybe if I had a child who thrived on that kind of order and rigid structure I might try harder. But with Bella it's such a fight. Maybe it would be good for her to have more structure to react to, but that's so not my gift.

And I'm starting to re-consider that I have to play to my own strengths. Right now I'm quite capable of getting piles of books from the library and reading them. So that's what we do. And I am good at letting Bella make crafty messes so we do that too. Trying to be someone I'm not is just a disaster in the making. So I'm trying to detach from those ideas that aren't compatible, while keeping them in the back of my head because who knows once we have no babies and toddlers maybe a little more structure will be easier... a bit.

I do aspire to something classical inasmuch as I will teach Latin and maybe even try Greek. And heavy emphasis on classical literature. We're loving The Children's Homer now. But people mean so many different things by "classical" and some of them are too rigid for me, for us.

Right now the big popular thing for homeschoolers in our area is Regina Caeli Academy, which is a hybrid school that follows the Laura Berquist model. I completely fail to see the appeal of that. It just looks like way too much work, too much structure, too much like school.

It does seem like you and I are in quite similar places when it comes to homschooling. It's nice not to feel like the odd duck.