WHAT? February is almost OVER??
If you’re in to Charlotte Mason, or thinking about it (her?), you need to visit this site. The Charlotte Mason educational philosophy, as most homeschool people know, is based on education of the whole person through reading and hands-on activities. Mostly reading, according to Ambleside Online, a text-heavy site put together by home educators who have done it and know what they’re talking about. Ambleside contains a printable 23-page .pdf download of FAQ’s about the Mason method, plus suggested resources for a complete curriculum—even a “lite” version of grades 7-11 for those who are beginning the method in high school and may need to ease in to it. Weekly schedules are included–even quarterly exams. All free! Except for tons of books, most of which you can probably borrow.
Over at Salon, Laura Miller asks, “Can you make kids love books?” The answer is (spoiler!), Maybe. Like so much else, it depends on the kid, but she has some worthwhile thoughts to share about a recent online debate over fiction vs. nonfiction (links included). Bonus question: have you ever heard of “strewing”?
Coming to a library near you? Check out the schedule of this special traveling exhibit of Dr. Seuss’s own hat collection!
Finally, have you ever, in your tender years, stayed up late to read scary stories under the covers with a flashlight—like (shiver) The Magic Treehouse? Just how scary are the Treehouse books? BuzzFeed has a webpage that ranks all 51 titles (did you know there were 51 titles??) in order of scariness, from least to greatest. Might be handy to bookmark for midnight reads. Or just to see all 51 cover images in one place (reader advisory for a couple of swear words).