Next month Brona @ This Reading Life will be hosting a Rumer Godden Reading Week to mark the author’s birthday. It will take place from Saturday 4th December to Sunday 12th December 2021.
Two of her books I’m thinking of reading are ‘China Court’ and ‘The Black Narcissus.’ I especially liked her novel In This House of Brede, as did my daughter who read it when she was about 14 or 15.
Reese @ Typings had some fun with clerihews last week. Check them out and add your own. While you’re there, have a look at Mudpuddle’s contribution in the comments section! If you don’t know what a clerihew is or how to write one, this post has some good guidelines.
On the homeschooling front:
We’ve just finished Plutarch’s life of Coriolanus and for the second time, Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
We started listening to ‘The Well Read Poem’ which is a short podcast where a poem is read and some historical and intellectual background, elements of poetry, & ‘light explication’ are given.
We used the instructions from this website for making a mould & deckle, with some modifications, i.e. we used two identical cheap wooden picture frames and just stapled some flyscreen material firmly across one of them. We don’t have a paper shredder so we cut up a lot of paper by hand in rhythm to some stirring classical music playing in the background to take our minds off the monotony; soaked the paper in warm water until it was mushy & used a hand held kitchen blender to break it down.
The results were quite pleasing and a good surface for painting on:
Some of Miss 16’s favourite Year 11 books:
History of the Twentieth Century by Martin Gilbert – this is the abridged version that Ambleside Online schedules and I’ve noticed quite a few negative comment about it – too choppy, covers too much etc. – it is trying to look at the whole 20th Century and is a condensed version of three books. However, my two children who used it enjoyed it. I think it helps if you have read widely, even of fiction set during this time. Spy & espionage novels, WW 2 escape stories, Cold War books help fill in the gaps.
A very articulate speech by Rowan Atkinson. It’s a few years old but still applicable to us now, maybe even more so: The forerunner of the Defend Free Speech campaign was called “Reform Section 5”. This speech by Rowan Atkinson at the launch event in Parliament in 2012 should be heard by every politician, journalist and campaigner before they start calling for laws to silence those they regard as ‘extremists’.