Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekly Happenings: Gathering Treasures

When I think back on this past week, I think of a week of gathering treasures. One of my memories is of the girls, dogs, and me snuggled in the family room one evening, reading our books while the rain poured and the wind howled outside. All was quite and cozy. I love times like that.

Earlier, I wrote a post about one of our favorite treats: pumpkin muffins. I included a link to Tricia of Hodgepodge's recipe for chocolate-chocolate chip-pumpkin muffins. Yum!

I'm reading a most delicious biography about Beatrix Potter by Linda Lear; I wrote a review of it here. Ambleside Online suggests possibly reading a biography of Potter for Year 5, but does not recommend a particular title. I'm in the process of reviewing several, some for adults and others for children. When I finish my research, I'll write a post about my findings.

We finished up our Year 4 readings of This Country of Ours, and we've almost completed Abigail Adams: Wintess to a Revolution. The latter will be like saying good-bye to an old friend when we close the cover for the last time. The girls and I have learned so much about this particular era of history. I quickly realized that my prior knowledge was quite sketchy, and I've been impressed with AO's history selections. I'm also immensely cheered by the depth and breadth of my girls' understanding of this period, both in America and abroad.

Miss Priss's drama troupe learned their play and parts this past week. The musical is Wonderland, a jazzed up version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Miss Priss was chosen for four smaller parts. She is elated!

I'm going to leave you with a well-known quote of Beatrix Potter:

"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."

Happy weekend!

I'm linking up with:
The Homeschool Mother's JournalWeird Unsocialized Homeschoolers


  1. Thanks for stopping by! We LOVED Norlands! Well, most of us did. My poor 6-year-old thought the school teacher and school were "for real" and he was SCARED! (We spent the morning participating in farm life and the afternoon going to school in 1853.) I've never seen him so focused and still! ;) He doesn't want to go back, but it was definitely a great learning experience for us!

    LOVE Beatrix Potter! We named one of our red squirrels "Squirrel Nutkin"!

  2. Am I correct in saying that this week was a little less hectic than some of your past ones?
    I love the quote! I understand that statement so well. Although we are all responsible to a great extent for what we do with our lives and the interests we take up and pursue, I do believe that my years in 'school' killed a lot of my creativity! Well. Maybe.
    You asked about my senior paper- it is on environmental adult education; compact history, present philosophies and what method I would employ if *I* were to teach adults in the environmental field.
    I'm quite fed up with the paper! :) But I will get it done and be done with it!
    Now I am going to read your post about Beatrix Potter :)

  3. Simply adore Beatrix Potter!

    Thank you so much for dropping by, Coffee & Cookies Homeschool.

    Were you able to come up with something alternative to use, besides workboxes?

  4. Ah, your week sounds lovely! And Wonderland caught my eye right away - as my girls had a 'wonderful' time with that in May! Looking forward to more of your reviews.

  5. We loved Beatrix Potter too! She was our first read a loud together when my littlest one joined our homeschool

  6. Love that Beatrix Potter quote. And after reading your previous post, now I want to read more about her!

    Oh, and pumpkin muffins = YUM!


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