Friday, May 13, 2011

Aesop's Fables

We just finished our first narration book. I read simplified versions of Aesop's fables to dd6 (and dd4 listened attentively, too) out of this book, passed on to me by my mother, a former schoolteacher and private school operator. It was a fun book to work through, especially because so many of the fables have been put on YouTube by various animators.

Dd6 tends to be quiet and hesitant in doing narration because she wants to tell the story perfectly, complete with quotes from the characters. I think we'll do narration exercises using Bible stories next; those don't have as much conversation, but I'll still be able to find related YouTube videos that the girls can watch after hearing a story.

I will likely come back to Aesop's fables in a month for other reasons. We are oh-so-slowly making our way through Story of the World, Volume 1, and we're finally approaching the segments on ancient Greece! I'm so glad. Mesopotamian studies just seem to drag on and on without being very interesting (new warlord conquers and kills, big mud buildings are built, rivers shift course, formerly-dominant cities erode away, etc. ), especially for dd6, who is sensitive and averse to bloodshed (despite having watched Mulan so many times).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Petticoat Rule is online now!

One of my favorite books and the inspiration for the title of my blog is now available online at Project Gutenberg - find it here if you'd like to read it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011