Our wash machine and our dish washer broke down – on the same day. It’s pretty easy to keep up with the dishes but the clothes pile quickly. So to catch up with the extra work, I’ve canceled school and declared a home economics day complete with handwashing clothes. The girls are rather enjoying it and are playing Laura Ingalls.
I was surprised to find a children’s book by Audlous Huxley but he did write one for his niece Olivia as a Christmas gift in 1944. My girls enjoyed the story of Mr. and Mrs. Crow who protect their nest from the evil rattlesnake with the help of a wise old owl.
Brat Farrar by Josphine Tey
I am enjoying this English mystery. Josphine Tey writes without pretense, so clear that it almost reads like a children’s story but with weightier subject matter. She is an excellent writer, said to be the greatest mystery writer of her time. I have not finished it so I couldn’t say just yet.
Mouse House by Rumer Godden
Rumer Godden is one of my favorite writers! This little story book is charming and the illustrations are adorable. My girls just loved the story of the little mouse family and their home.
On my list of things to do: vacuum, clean BR, fold laundry and I have little energy for it. But breakfast was fixed and devoured, the kitchen cleaned, school taught, the dishwasher is running, the washing machine is humming and the first spring crocus was discovered.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” W.B. Yeats.
My oldest is almost 6, the age of formal schooling, and suddenly charts, stickers, schedules, assignments, tests and deadlines are deemed necessary for learning. The more I think about school, the more I find myself leaning towards this idea of unschooling . . .