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About meI started reading about age two, and haven't stopped. I think in words, eat them for supper, and sometimes awaken in the night with a need to consult the dictionary.

I'm hesitant to acknowledge that I'm a homeschooling mother, because I don't fit in with most homeschool groups. I think regular academic testing is great. I love a good scope and sequence, don't buy all the claims of classical educators, and think many (but not all) of Charlotte Mason devotees are following an anachronistic plan with little understanding of the philosophy their plan is based on. (Just count how many times someone says they combine Charlotte Mason with Classical education.) On the other hand, homeschooling gives me a fantastic excuse to buy more books. I enjoy few things better than watching my children learn.

About my libraryI particularly enjoy children's books, books on the English language, and books on education/special education. My husband's books include many medical titles and WW2 and airplane history books.

I read and write from a Christian World View; thus, my annotations sometimes includes concerns and comments (about philosophy, moral tone, or objectionable elements) that make the most sense within this context.

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Real nameMichelle Brock

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Good luck with your homeschooling project!

It sounds as though you have a pretty clear idea of what you aim to accomplish, & how you will do so. Toward that end, I suggest you look at the following resources, some of which may fit with your approach to educating your children:

1) "Secrets Of A Buccaneer Scholar" by James Marcus Bach (Bach is the second son of Richard Bach of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" fame; this book is about learning to take control of your own learning processes . . . toward the end of achieving personal autonomy & high-level learning skill.)

2) "Abolition Of Man" by C.S. Lewis (You may have read it, but if not,I think you'll find it thought-provoking.)

3) "Hurlbut's Story Of The Bible" (First published about 1905, if I recall correctly, this book has black & white engravings, and my Grandma used to read to me from it, almost daily, when I was a small child. I think it's well done.)

4) "The White Elephant & Other Tales From India" (Folk Tales from India, retold by Geogene Faulkner; I was first given this book at about age six, by a woman who had been a missionary in India; she told me that many of these tales are quite popular (or were, when she was there) in India; the illustrations are delightful.)

5) "The Bat Poet" by Randall Jarrell, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak (The story of a slightly unconventional bat, who stays up during the daytime, & "hangs out" with a Mockingbird, from whom he learns to write poetry . . . though he has a tough time (as many poets do!) finding an audience for his poetry. Beautifully illustrated by Sendak; this is one of my favorite children's books.)

6) "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster (Imaginative story of a boy who receives a mysterious gift (a car & a Toll-Booth) which enable him to travel to "Digitopolis" & "Dictionopolis" . . . adventures ensue! As a person who likes books about language, I think you'll enjoy this . . . of course, you may be already familiar with this work.)

Finally, since I notice that you have a few Kipling books in your collection, I'll leave you with a remark which Kipling is reported to have made in an interview with a young journalist, a certain Arthur Gordon, and which is one of my favorite quotes about learning to achieve personal autonomy:

7) "The Individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by The Tribe; to be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often---and sometimes frightened; but no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning one's self."

Good Luck with your homeschooling adventures!

All The Best,

Hello Michelle, I have just come over from the Newbery group thread to comment upon your point about the 999 reading that I mentioned. Having attempted the 888 last year I decided to go for the 999 for precisely the reason you suggested.

I really enjoyed gathering ideas and shaping my reading, making links etc. The pleasure of having others taking an interest and vice versa is also great! In addition friends drop in and suggest other titles, comment upon each other's reading etc! Come on over to the group for a look and then go right in and introduce yourself. As you will see we have each developed a thread using our LT name.

Let me know if you have any query - otherwise hope to see you soon! Julie
I think my main criteria for 'boy' books was simply one I thought (or hoped) my son would enjoy.=)

And it was one I hoped he would enjoy if it seemed to model manly virtues- courage, self-discipline, honour, - in an exciting way.
I read your review of [All Things Bright and Beautiful] here on LT. I was wondering, have you also read [All Creatures Great and Small]? And if so, would you recommend reading them in order?
[All Things Bright and Beautiful] is in my tbr pile, and rapidly getting closer to the top, and I was wondering whether I should acquire the first book before I need to read it.
We share a couple of Virginia Kahl books. I love her illustrations and her rhyming text. I noticed your library, though, because you have Green Darner: Story of a Dragonfly, a pretty obscure title here. I love those old nature topic books, too. The illustrations are good, with not so much detail that it's overwhelming
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