Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three Swedish Sisters

I must confess, I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Swedish children's literature; Astrid Lindgren, Elsa Beskow and Maj Lindman. As a child I adored the sweetness of the books, the coziness, and the abundance of ginger snaps!

I was so excited to come across a little stack of Maj Lindman's Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books on a recent visit to my local library. These picture books are about the adventures of three Swedish sisters who look alike and dress alike. They have sweet and gentle adventures (growing vegetables for a local market, going on picnics, and looking after kittens). Originally written in the 1940s, these are ideal picture books for a bedtime read or for sensitive children in need of a gentle read.

The author of the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka series also wrote a similar series about three brothers, Snipp, Snapp, Snurr. Same wholesome storylines, same gentle narratives.

My three kiddos just loved these! Even my eight year old boy was requesting these :)

The four we have recently enjoyed are Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Strawberries

And now I'm off to hunt some more Maj Lindman books down!

Monday, August 15, 2016

All The Horses

Oh my lands! 

I'm just so excited to start this year's homeschool history adventure. Last year we used Beautiful Feet's Early American History for the primary level, as our spine; it was such a good year for us. Great books, rabbit holes a plenty, juicy conversations - what's not to love?!

So this year we decided to do another year with Beautiful Feet, with  the History of the Horse curriculum. I've been slowly gathering bits and pieces for this, with a thrift store find here, an Amazon splurge there, and filling in the gaps with our trusty library card. The reading list for this curriculum looks so delightful, I can hardly stand the wait! 

Top row, l to r:  
Album of Horses, by Marguerite Henry (MH), White Stallion of Lipizza by MH, History of the Horse by Hilary Berg, Draw 50 Horses by Lee J. Ames

Bottom row, l to r:  
King of the Wing by MH, Smithsonian Handbooks: Horses by Elwyn Hartley Edwards, Justin Morgan Had a Horse by MH, Misty of Chincoteague by MH, Brighty of the Canyon by MH. 

Do you have a favorite horse book for children?
What are your home education plans for history looking like this year?
Do tell! Do share!!
Leave a note in the comments, and share your favorites :)