- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply (1 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889209031
- ISBN-13: 978-1889209036
- Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.9 x 2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Karen Andreola's Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning: A Story for Motherculture Paperback – 1 Oct 2002
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Karen Andreola's Pocketful of Pinecones This unique book actually has a two-fold purpose. It's a story written especially for moms who get discouraged and feel like giving up on homeschooling, as well as a guide to nature study. It's written as the diary of one mother's year of teaching her children at home. In it she pours out her hopes, disappointments, and joy. In the course of caring for her many responsibilities, she is frequently ... Full description
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However, I really enjoyed reading this. I didn't think it was too nostalgic or the children were "too good". On the contrary, I found that the main character, Carol, faces challenges not so different than the ones many of us face to today.
Her son was starting to dislike school and his personality was changing because of that, and her daughter was labeled as "slow", so she she decided to try homeschooling. Many of us can relate to that. School at home is not all smooth sailing. Her son gets frustrated, wads up his drawings and throws them away. Check. There are problems some days with the kids dawdling over their math. Check. Cabin fever sets in on a snowy day and the son becomes morose... check. It all sounds very familiar to me.
In addition, Carol faces several problems: her husband loses his job, she has to make a move she doesn't want, she worries about miscarrying her baby...
again, these are problems many people today face.
I was inspired by how Carol persevered with grace and faith. Her nature study outings with her children are very similar to what my family does- and here I had been thinking we weren't doing "enough". I appreciate, too, all the notes, book lists, and resources listed at the back of the book. Very helpful.
Overall, I was very inspired by this book and enjoyed reading it so much. I hope the author will continue the series past Lessons at the Blackberry Inn.
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