Little Britches #1: Father and I Were Ranchers

"Ralph Moody’s books should be read aloud in every family circle in America."—Sterling North In 1950, Ralph Moody enrolled in a writing class at a local community college and was inspired to write his first book, Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. The book went on to serve as the first of an eight … Continue reading Little Britches #1: Father and I Were Ranchers

The Next Step: Blended Families

Part five of our Spelling series: Blended Families You’ve been working with your child on the single-sound consonants and the first sounds of vowels.  He knows that most of the e’s on the ends of words are silent but busy.  He’s wanting to know how to spell everything and trying to read signs and cereal … Continue reading The Next Step: Blended Families

How The West Was Won

In April, 1959, Life Magazine started what they called “a great new series” entitled “How The West Was Won”. The series included photos and stories of the American expansion into the West. A story of the struggle between the settlers, wagon trains, railway lines, cowboys, ranchers, and Native Americans who were all fighting for different … Continue reading How The West Was Won

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction Alan Jacobs I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I like books about people who like reading books!   However, the beginning of this one wasn’t encouraging.  Jacobs starts out talking about Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book, and I started out  thinking, “Oh, … Continue reading The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

Let’s Get Started

Let’s Get Started I’ve established that simply telling children, “English spelling doesn’t make sense, just learn it,” doesn’t work for me.  I have also asserted that teaching phonics is essential.  After my foray into a bit of the history of English, someone commented, “Fine, but I still don’t know how to teach spelling.” All right … Continue reading Let’s Get Started