This week I listened to an interesting Schole Sister\’s podcast on leading our children through encounters with viewpoints with which we don’t agree. This is definitely something I\’ve had to grow into over time. When my children were little my concern was mostly about shielding them from potentially harmful ideas and situations, but as the conversation on this podcast pointed out, there\’s a difference between innocence and naiveté, and it\’s important to prepare our children for these opposing viewpoints.
Moozle has been reading the Tom Swift Jr. books by Victor Appleton II. They\’re out of print but you can read about them here and they\’re available secondhand. They\’re also online at Gutenberg.
A young person\’s introduction to science fiction, rather than being great literature, this series is interesting for children who have a science bent as Tom dreams up some very interesting inventions. In fact, one of the books, \’Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle,\’ inspired the physicist and inventor, Jack Cover:
A few months ago she lapped up G.K. Chesterton\’s Father Brown books so I decided that this one, by the creator of Winnie the Pooh, would be a good follow up now that she\’s caught the \’crime bug.\’
stories, and feel that there are not enough of them. So, after
all that you have done for me, the least that I can do for you
is to write you one. Here it is: with more gratitude and
affection than I can well put down here.
A poetic narration on The Hobbit:
Aussie Folksongs – this is one we\’ve been listening to. The song is based on the 1897 poem, \’The Lights of Cobb & Co\’ by Henry Lawson. The poem and some information about Cobb & Co are on this blog and also here.
This is one of a series of CD\’s that introduces the music and lives of some of the great composers. We\’ve listened to the Classical Kids series (Beethoven Lives Upstairs etc) in the past, which are ok for younger children, but this series is better if older children are also listening in. The story is told in the third person, sticks to the facts, and contains a good selection of the artist\’s music.
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