The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Babka prep time! (I’m hoping to jump on this bandwagon, and if I can ever post again, will try to fill in the details!).
One reason for this blog is to offer perspective for the education of children — what perspective I have, that is! What I most want to say is that living family life means so much more for your children’s ultimate development — including intellectual development — than any particular curriculum. A good dinner-time discussion with mom and dad is worth a thousand “reading comprehension” exercises.
I stumbled across an essay that I think I must have read long ago, because the idea of having a family “collective memory” of literature is there in the furniture of my mind. If you think about it, this idea is what is behind the Great Books movement — to have a common vocabulary, so to speak, that stretches back through the ages; and also John Senior’s Good Books prerequisite, which is what our Library Project seeks to encourage. I do wish I had persevered a bit more as to the substance — poetry — the way the author did with her children.
- In any case, the essay is in an otherwise light-hearted (and light-weight, frankly) book that is now out of print, called Penny Candy, by Jean Kerr. The gist of this moving vignette is reproduced in this blog post, so you can absorb its message. Basically, don’t be afraid to circle the wagons and do what you love to do, together. I promise you that you will be rewarded a million times over. (And no excuses about boys! Kerr had “culture hour” with her five!)
- We hear the term “legalism” bandied about. What does it really mean? Is the law — God’s law — actually harmful? Or is it good and, as St. Paul instructs, perfected by Jesus Christ? This essay offers clarification about the necessity of goodness — virtue — for the flourishing of life.
- We are still a little post-trauma, winter-wise, here, so this video on yoga, Yankee-style, tickles our funny bone.
- Sometimes these questions come up. For instance, are the past and the future real? And philosophy is the only way to answer…
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