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Ode to the library

What is that old Barney song? “You can have an adventure in a faraway land…..blahblahblah tuba in a marching band somethingsomething deep blue sea….. if you learn to borrow books at the library!”

I believe I’ve done an entry on the library before. We were all kind of ‘eh‘ this morning, so off to the library we went. I’m always rejuvenated by books, the sight of stacks and shelves of books….ahhhhh….When my older two were littles and it seemed like I was always nursing, pregnant, or needing a nap, a big part of our schooling time was this: The 3 R’s, and then we’d pick a book or two from the nonfiction or literature section of the children’s section of the library to go through each week or two.  We’d leave with books on subjects as varied as insects, fairytales, the Pony Express, Christopher Columbus. An old classic movie thrown in. Sound disorganized? We would do an organized unit study once in awhile, but it seems the bulk of our learning came through reading together or alone. I recall we did a lot of Lego and playdoh playing as well.  


I love the simplicity that can be found in homeschooling. And sometimes I need the reminder that my youngest one deserves that relaxed, unhurried time just as much as my oldest did when he was that age.


Here’s a wonderful quote and thought of the day for you that I got from this lovely blog:

If you wanted to gather up all tender memories, all lights and shadows of the heart, all banquetings and reunions, all filial, fraternal, paternal, conjugal affections, and had only four letters with which to spell out the height and depth and length, and breadth and magnitude and eternity of meaning, you would write it all out with these four capital letters: H-O-M-E.

Thomas DeWitt Talmage


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4 Responses

  1. I often wonder if my 2 little ones will remember their homeschool days as relaxed and simple or stressed and rushed! LOL I want them to have time to learn at their own pace and enjoy childhood, but sometimes life gets in the way. When I only had one it was sooooo easy to homeschool! LOL

    Love this post!


  2. I just read an old (31 July) post by falling like rain, this echoes…home school moms need this wisdom for sure!

    Thanks for sharing good ideas! We are in the 3rd of the CS Lewis Space Trilogy. Really good, my 14 yr olds take on the 2nd was heavily influenced by bad experience with girl's and it showed up in his report. It just made me want to giggle a little. He is going to be an awesome husband one day. He is already becoming a wonderful young man, who is NOT afraid to express his opinions and really doesn't care ANYTHING about being politically correct! Its great!

  3. I love to take the day off and head to the library when I'm feeling blah! =D

    We were just having a discussion here the other day about reading. And the importance of it and how it leads to better reading and increases the vocabulary and how enjoyable it is. And…. LOL!

    And there's still nothing better than cuddling up together to read a good story aloud!

  4. We take off for the library when we feel “eh” too! And it is SO true about the youngest needing the same things the oldest got at that age. I find myself trying to be more aware of that with Bug so she doesn't miss out on things.

    Any word on Command Chief yet?

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