Magic in Fairyland

“Material facts are good enough for him. Until it comes to religion. And then, suddenly, the child who has been forbidden to believe in Jack the Giant Killer must believe in Goliath and David. There are no fairies, but you must believe that there are angels. The magic sword and the magic buckler are nonsense, … Continue reading Magic in Fairyland

History Road Map

When people ask me what kind of homeschooler I am, I usually reply that I am trying to cultivate something like Louisa May Alcott’s Plumfield from Little Men. In Alcott’s sequel to Little Women, Jo and her professor husband run a school that draws on a vibrant classical model, but is also infused with a … Continue reading History Road Map

Ronia The Robber’s Daughter

Many years ago I read Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren and disliked it. There was something about Pippi’s tone that most people found to be hilarious, but which I found to be troubling. After buying and reading aloud several Pippi books, I finally gave myself permission to acknowledge my concerns about Pippi’s disrespectful attitude towards … Continue reading Ronia The Robber’s Daughter