Monthly Archives: January 2012

Babes in Bookland

We go to the library every week.  Once, we missed a week and Pintail ran out of books, so I let him use my Kindle.  He asked if it was all right to download books.  I said that would be OK, thinking he might get one or two.  Fifty dollars later, I remembered why I love the library so much and why we visit it every week.  

Wigeon loves the library, too!  She likes to stand in the stacks and peruse titles.

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Sometimes, she wonders if there’s a better selection on the other side.

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She usually ends up liking what’s right in front of her, though.

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I can tell we will look forward to many, many more years of visiting the library!  

Do your kids have any favorite books you’d like to recommend?  My kids absolutely love the nature stories written by Arthur Scott Bailey!  Check them out.  They are free on the Kindle. :)

Norse Myths Wrap-Up

Teal completed the last of the Norse Myths study on Friday. We did a very standard Waldorf style block with stories, drawings or other forms of art to enrich the stories, and summaries recorded into a Main Lesson Book.   The final product was a two-and-a-half-volume Main Lesson Book of the Norse Myths illustrated and summarized using inspiration from the D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths. 

During this block, Teal also memorized parts of “The Challenge of Thor” by Longfellow and pieces from “The Poetic Edda”.  We listened to “Ride of the Valkyries” by Wagner, practiced drawing Celtic knots, and used a wood burner to burn the Futhark (runes) onto wooden coins.  We listened to “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin nearly one hundred times because Robert Plant croons “Valhalla, I am coming.”  We also thought he sang, “whispered tales of Thor,” but I just discovered it’s, “whispered tales of gore.” Ew.  I don’t think I’ll let the kids in on that, yet.

Here are some pictures from Teal’s books that I really liked.

Odin.

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Thor.

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Loki.

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The Valkyries.  (She got a huge kick out of drawing the battle scene, and check out the coconut top – not sure where that came from…lol.)

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Freya.  (Her necklace is a four-lobed knot.)

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We enjoyed this block and I think the stories of the Norse Gods with human foibles were very appropriate for my ten-year-old.