Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

I started a monthly or thereabouts Charlotte Mason newsletter about 18 months ago. Since moving to WordPress the link to request the newsletter doesn't work. I've had a few queries about Notebooks recently but it's a topic that comes up quite often so I've started writing about Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason education and sending … Continue reading Keeping Notebooks & a Bookish Update

A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

The Daughter of Time is an unusual type of crime mystery in that a piece of English history is resurrected and brought into the 20th Century to be investigated. It concerns the reign of Richard III and the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Josephine Tey’s Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard conducts his … Continue reading A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

Ambleside Online Year 6: looking back on the week

We finished Shakespeare's King Lear yesterday. Moozle wrote this narration on the play today in 'the style of Plutarch.'     I've mentioned in previous posts that we were watching a movie version of King Lear on YouTube. We've got as far as the end of the eighth video but I'll probably skip at least … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 6: looking back on the week

Confessions of a Shakespeare Illiterate

When I was 13 years old, I heard a girl in the year above me at school reciting what I thought was a poem. It appealed to me so much that I remembered some fragments over all the intervening years up until a few years ago when we read them in Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, … Continue reading Confessions of a Shakespeare Illiterate

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 – Wrap-up Post

  Girl Reading in a Landscape by Ada Thilen, 1896   I've just finished the Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 and read a total of 12 books from various categories throughout this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and read some books I might have passed over had I not had to include specific … Continue reading Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 – Wrap-up Post

All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (1604)

All's Well That Ends Well was based on a story from the Decameron (a collection of tales written in the 14th Century) and is often described as a problem play. It appears to be a comedy - it contains humorous scenes such as the interrogation of Parolles, and love wins out in the end - … Continue reading All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (1604)

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: an overview and reading plan

The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's later plays and at the time he was writing (around 1611) the 'tragicomedy' was in vogue.A tragicomedy is defined by the Oxford School Shakespeare as a play in which 'alarming events and overwhelming passions narrowly avoid their tragic consequences only in the nick of time.' There is some … Continue reading The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: an overview and reading plan