Holling C. Holling, b. 1900

Posted by Sherry on 8/2/2017 in --August, Birthdays, Early Chapter Books, Education and Homeschool |

August 2nd is the birthdate of author Holling Clancy Holling, who wrote several books that are wildly popular among homeschooling moms and their children: Paddle-to-the-Sea. A native American boy carves a small canoe and sends it off on a journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean. It takes four years, an many mishaps and […]


What’s New in My Library?

I have a private, subscription library in my home—sort of a school library for literature lovers and homeschoolers. It gives me an excuse to purchase and rescue those treasures of books that I find in the thrift store or at the garage sale. I bought lots of books this week, first at the Books Bloom […]


What is a Living Book?

Posted by Sherry on 4/25/2015 in Education and Homeschool, General |

“Living books” is a big buzzword in homeschooling these days. What does it mean? Really, living books are just good books, books that engage the reader and make the subject “come alive” in one’s imagination. But I realize that definition or re-statement rather begs the question. The difficulty lies in the eye of the beholder, […]


Books about Books, with Book Lists

Posted by Sherry on 4/13/2015 in Booklists, Education and Homeschool, General |

Maybe you’re not as addicted to book lists as I am. But I often get questions about what books are really good to read aloud or to give to my seven year old or nine year old. Or what should I give to my son who reads nothing except Redwall or Encyclopedia Brown or whatever […]


The Abolition of Man, ch. 1, Men Without Chests

Posted by Sherry on 3/11/2015 in Christian Life, Education and Homeschool, General |

C.S> Lewis begins this essay with his thoughts about a textbook that he has received for review and that he thinks is pernicious in its influence and teaching. He calls the textboook’s authors by the pseudonyms Gaius and Titius. “The very power of Gaius and Titius depends on the fact that they are dealing with […]


Read Aloud Revival

Posted by Sherry on 1/30/2015 in Education and Homeschool, Podcasts, Read Aloud Thursday |

I haven’t managed to post much here on Semicolon this week for two reasons: 1) I’m reading a really long and somewhat discouraging biography of Florence Harding, and I don’t really know what I’m going to say about it. The book itself and the writing are fine; it’s the people and events that the book […]


Links From My Blog Friends

Posted by Sherry on 9/25/2014 in Blogamundi (Links), Education and Homeschool, General |

Melissa Wiley: “Blog first. Blog freehand. Write it down today, while the thought is fresh.” I grok this post from Here in the Bonny Glen. ************ Cara at Little Did She Know: “I would like to meet and marry someone lovely, but truly, I am seeking a companion with which to do life, someone to […]


Everybody Paints by Susan Goldman Rubin

Posted by Sherry on 8/25/2014 in Biography/Memoir, Education and Homeschool, General, Nonfiction |

Everybody Paints!: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family by Susan Goldman Rubin. This family biography grabbed me enough that I had to go look up some of the paintings and illustrations that were mentioned, even though many of them are included in the text. N.C. Wyeth, the patriarch of the family, was known […]


30 Bits of Wisdom and Advice from Mostly Cybils Sources

Posted by Sherry on 2/24/2014 in Cybil Awards, Education and Homeschool, General |

Last year when I was reading Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy for the Cybils, I made a collection of wise sayings and proverbs from the books I was reading so that you could choose your own “philosophy”, a la Charlie Brown’s sister Sally, for the new year. This year I made another from the […]

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The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Posted by Sherry on 2/18/2014 in Education and Homeschool, Nonfiction, Reader's Advisory |

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, Texas. Ms. Keller’s thesis can be summarized in two sentences: To make children into lifelong readers, surround them with books and let them read whatever they want […]

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