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Socrates and His Guardian Angel?

A while back the kids and I had fun with a picture book called Wise Guy about the Greek philosopher, Socrates. The book gives a good overview of Socrates’ life and philosophical inquiry for an elementary school audience. It doesn’t dumb down the philosophy, but really tries to introduce some of the concepts in a […]

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Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts at Boston College

Boston College, Harvard, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have a fantastic three venue cooperative show of an amazing collection of illuminated manuscripts. Everyone in the Boston area should check them out. On Saturday the McMullen Museum at Boston College hosted a wonderful educational program for kids and I took, Benedict, Isabella, and Sophia and […]

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Daring the Wind and Waves: Three Library Book Picks

We’ve had a bunch of nice books out from the library, but these three stand out from our recent haul. Though to be honest they were my favorites, not necessarily the children’s, but they were appreciated and admired. Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey Fern, illustrated […]

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Children’s Books about the American Revolutionary Period

A list of our favorite children’s books, both picture books and chapter books, about the American Revolution. (Updated with new books Feb 2017) Picture Books 1. Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz. Tells the story of King George III from childhood with an emphasis of course on the American Revolution. The […]

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The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary

The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary by Maura Roan McKeegan, illustrated by Theodore Schluenderfritz. Do you know about Adam and Eve? About Jesus and Mary, too? Two are from the Old Testament, Two are from the New. Their stories are the Word of God, Their messages are true; […]

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Learning Notes First Week of November

Monday Last night was horrid. Ben woke up coughing around 11:30. He could not stop. Stupid asthma. I couldn’t get him to use the inhaler. He was just sobbing hysterically and coughing uncontrollably. It was terrible. He ended up vomiting into the inhaler. Anyway between him and Anthony and Lucy I was up until 2 […]

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