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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this one 28 Oct. 2012
By Jen in NC - Published on Amazon.com
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Before purchasing this book, I read all the reviews and was honestly not sure what to expect. Some of the reviews are quite harsh.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully encouraging!! 1 Mar. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely one of my favorite encouraging homeschool mama books. I loaned my copy to a friend and forgot who, so repurchased it. It's that good! Great quick read that will encourage you to relax and enjoy the journey. The second book is wonderful too!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's alright... 29 Jan. 2014
By Meri - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to like this book. I really did, but like some other reviewers, I found it very contrived. It was actually hard for me to get through. It was not nearly as helpful to me as it was to some reviewers. The only part I really found useful was the references. I suppose it is a great help and inspiration to some, but it just wasn't too me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it, really I did. 14 July 2012
By True Lucy Maud Montgomery Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the whole Charlotte Mason style of education. Being a homeschooler, I've relied on Karen Andreola's reviews for some of our curriculum. I was very excited to receive this book and truly looked forward to reading it. However, I found it very dull and boring. You know that type of book where the author is trying TOO hard to write descriptively? Ya, that was this book unfortunately. It was very contrived and I couldn't finish it. I'm sure some will really enjoy it but I did not.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information about nature study 17 Mar. 2014
By K. Klor - Published on Amazon.com
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I only gave this book three stars because although I really enjoy the conversational style of it, I wish it were just written as if the mother were a modern day woman, because the "old fashioned" try of it is more annoying than anything. I have some of Karen Andreola's other books, and enjoy them very much.
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