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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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    William Morris, from his lecture "The Beauty of Life"

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    English architect CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

    "The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead."
    Clarence Day

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    "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."
    Sir Francis Bacon, "Essays"

    "The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning."
    Gilbert Highet, "The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning"

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    Walter Wriston

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    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

    "No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."
    Booker T. Washington

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    Attributed to Groucho Marx in "The Groucho Letters" by Arthur Sheekman

    "If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."
    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    "If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, we feel all our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."
    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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Daniel is reading!

I don’t know who’s more proud and happy, M-o-m or s-o-n, as Daniel would say. In the last couple of days, he’s been spelling like Helen Keller after meeting Annie Sullivan, and tonight, in the middle of lesson 24 of The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise, he started sounding out all of the three-letter words (vet, wet, fox) on the page. He’s reading! Or did I say that already?! And just a plug here for Mrs. Wise’s OPGTR; the title is unwieldy but the method is anything but, especially compared to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which I used with Laura several years ago.

I’ve been taking a very relaxed approach with the boy all through Kindergarten — in part because of his nature, and in part because of mine (preferring to deal mainly with just a second grader) — while still trying to take advantage of any windows of opportunity I saw; I’m glad I didn’t miss any, at least not so far.

But there are a couple of people around here who don’t share the general sense of excitement. One, because she can sense that her brother is hot and heavy on her heed still.” Though I have a feeling that Davy won’t be too long behind his big brother. And then Laura will really have to watch out. I told her tonight as I tucked her in that she can find some more chapter books to read to me, which seemed to cheer her up. A bit. Those pesky boys….

Now I’m off to get the Bob Books off the shelf, and Hop on Pop, too. And tomorrow we’ll celebrate some more with milk shakes and new books! Isn’t that how every family celebrates all good things?!

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