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Difference Between the Phrases


Last weekend, I reread the first section in Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics and had a moment where my heart swooned yet again for mathematics:


“For Tr Bernadette, the problem 64-46 was not, as suggested in the borrowing explanation, two separate processes of 4-6 and then 60-40. Rather, it was an entire process of ‘taking away a number in the forties from a number in the sixties.’ Moreover, Tr Bernadette thought that it was not that ‘you can’t subtract a bigger number from a smaller number,’ rather, that the second graders ‘are not able to do that.’ Finally, the solution was that ‘we go to *the other part of the number*’ (italics added), and ‘pull it over to our side to help.’ The difference between the phrases ‘other numbers’ and ‘the other part of the numbers’ is subtle, but the mathematical meanings conveyed are significantly different.”

~ Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Piping Ma, pg 4

Reading the Classics Challenge


Several Ambleside Online moms are joining in the Back to the Classics Challenge being hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.
What an encouraging challenge!

I decided to join in – here’s what I have down so far for my tentative list.

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1966. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

3.  A classic by a woman author. Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

4.  A classic in translation. 
The Kingdom of God is Within You , Leo Tolstoy

5.  A classic by a non-white author. Can be African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, etc. Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold by Charles Eastman

6.  An adventure classic – can be fiction or non-fiction. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Dystopian could include classics like 1984. Utopia by Thomas More

8.  A classic detective novel. Father Brown mystery by G.K. Chesterton – I have the complete collection. I’m not sure which one I’ll read yet!

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title. The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. Native Son by Richard Wright

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college). Lord of the Flies by William Golfing

12. A volume of classic short stories. This must be one complete volume, at least 8 short stories. The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale

In Which I Release a 4th Term


A Mother’s Feast has been a wonderful blessing this year. I have accomplished 3 semesters of intentional learning that enriched me with beauty, truth, and goodness. Which is 3 seasons more than I had been getting, after a roller-coaster life for several years.

These past 3 seasons have been truly like a bountiful feast laid out for myself, and the best part is that as Melody has seen me once again reading, taking up new handicrafts, learning to draw… her love for learning has returned with new vigor. The Mother’s Feast leaves more than enough for others to delight in!

When I planned out my Mother’s Feast this year, I planned for 4 semesters. As this fourth semester was drawing closer, I found myself feeling overwhelmed rather than refreshed. I felt burnt out, but I was determined to keep going to finish the plan.

Over the summer, however, I kept being encouraged by Charlotte Mason-inspired articles, podcasts, and forum conversations. All of them pertained to rest – rest for the children in a summer vacation and refreshment for mothers. I slowly edged toward the knowledge that taking a semester of rest was not just wanted, but needed.

My summertime sanctuary...

It started with Moms are Born Persons, Too. Not difficult to realize that if I give my children months of time off to decompress and let their minds make connections in rest, because they are people, I should give myself that as well. Then I listened to the podcast, with more conviction.
Then came Summertime Lesson by Karen, and the last place setting at this year’s Mother’s Feast was set… I needed to let my mind rest and keep making connections from what I have been reading, listening to, and learning with my hands.

Which at first was a struggle for my winter (Type 4) nature, but i’ve had a few weeks without scheduled Mother’s Feast and can see how allowing myself scheduled freedom will offer another aspect of beauty, truth, and goodness.

Reader, have you ever chosen to give up something to encounter the state of rest? How did it effect you? Was it difficult to make the decision or was it quite easy? I’d love to hear about you!