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Biographies and Fiction in Teaching History

“Biography is one of the most pleasing and useful forms of learning history. The life of a statesman like Wolsey, Pitt or Peel, of a reformer like Cobden or Bright, is a history of the great events of a period; it usually accentuates one side or other, but it shows the real forces in operation […]

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More Charlotte Mason Bookmarks

Click to enlarge. Print on paper or cardstock, cut out. Laminate if desired. Or, if you prefer, use this blank template and you or your child may copy your own favourite quotes onto the bookmarks:   The first set, with printing directions, here. two sets, one with a picture of a reading boy in medieval […]

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Kindle Reads

Hermione’s Group of Thinkers By Don Marquis (pronounced Mar-Kwiss)- he used to write for a paper, the New York Sun, I think, in the early 20th century. He’s clever, witty, with wit with just the right touch of acidity, IMO. In this volume, he humorously skewers a certain sort of socialite of his day, but […]

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Free Kindle Downloads, Tasty Reads

Babbitt I found this depressing, but you’re supposed to. It’s also funny if you like biting satire (I do). Reader Review: Sinclair Lewis’ 1922 novel/expose highlights the shallowness and greed of middle class American business–to the delight of European audiences already disenchanted with America’s rise to world greatness. The first 75-80 pages make for slow […]

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The Ideal young Man, cont.

The ideal young man of 1902 completely abstains from liquor (because of the pervasive influence of the Temperance Movement): “How worse than foolish is that young man who would run the awful risk of unfitting himself for future usefulness by intoxicants of any kind! In his report to the United States Labor Bureau, the Hon. […]

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