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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lessons Learned From The Tales of Beatrix Potter

The life of Beatrix Potter has inspired the young minds in our home to draw and write stories of their own. Its peculiar how a woman, born over a century ago has provoked creativity and imagination here in the hearts of the present..........

Today I pulled out "The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter" we read the Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and they loved it. I thought they might be too old for stories like these but the simplicity of it all even pulled my older ones in a time or two.  

 By the way little nutkin was impertinent in his manners!     A new vocabulary word........
Impertinent: intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil: a brash, impertinent youth.
So this book has inspired us to draw, paint, write and start a study on The Animal Kingdom, God's Creatures. It's not what we started doing, but it's what sparked an interest so we are going with it.

I believe we may even go as far as making it a Unit Study. Oh the places we could go! The people we could meet from a far away time and a far away land. The rabbits we could count and multiply. Endless possibilties!
We watched the movie about Beatrix Potter quite a few months ago and it stole my Butterfly girl's heart. {mine too}what does it take to get excited about learning? Can we really stop mid stream and change what we are doing? Is it ok to listen to their hearts and let them have a voice in what we do?......
Isn't that how they learn? When they are truly enjoying what they are learning? Isn't that how it sticks? Your mind recalls the things you enjoy and tries to forget the things that are unpleasant. Isn't that the way of life?  It's ok to let them choose, it's ok to drop what your doing......Try it, you may learn something!

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