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    April 12, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

    :: 1 ::

    We’re back from AO Camp! I still feel dead on my feet. The trip was exhausting — wonderful, but exhausting. Recovering is never my forte.

    So I’m tired and we’ve done bare minimum school lessons this week, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. If you ever get the chance to go to an AO conference (which are few and far between), you should go.

    It was so nice getting the chance to meet so many of you and put some faces with names!

    :: 2 ::

    I’ve noticed a certain sentiment from moms online lately, something along the lines of: “Well, if I did that, I’d get push back from my kid.”

    To which I reply (here, in the safety of my own space): So what?

    It’s not that I’m not interested in children’s opinions or feelings about something, but these moms are using this to defend the choice to indulge their child and act against their own better judgment.

    Who exactly is in charge here? And who is acting in fear?

    Just something to think about

    :: 3 ::

    My kids wanted “creepy, scary, and dark” for their next read aloud. Um. Okay? That was never something I looked for in a book before, so that was new.

    Anyhow, we’ve been reading The Night Gardener, and once again Jonathan Auxier does not disappoint. I have my theories about the scary night man and the creepy tree, but I’m keeping them to myself until we finish.

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2018:

    Here’s a post that’ll give you some perspective.

    :: 5 ::

    The latest from Scholé Sisters!

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    :: 7 ::

    Answering your questions:

    • Question: I am doing year 3 with my son who is almost 9. We finished The Children of The New Forest. Wow!! What an incredible story. [My son] started crying during the last chapter because he didn’t want to finish the story. He is very sensitive. He cried when we finished Da Vinci. ? It seems like these character in some way had became part of his life. With this said. I want to ask you what other good literature book we can read? I am not really excited about Jungle Book which is in our schedule in term 3.
      • Answer: I recommend reading The Jungle Book anyway. This book really does pave the way for some of the other, more difficult books later on in the curriculum. But in addition to this, it’s a beautiful piece of literature in its own right. Also, I would not feel bad about the crying. 🙂 That’s the beautiful thing about literature — it taps into the emotions. It’s through facing sadness or anger or fear in books that we learn to face those things in real life. The crying is likely a good thing!

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  • Reply Leah Fox April 13, 2019 at 4:48 am

    I agree about the Jungle Book. I liked it more than I thought it would. It’s got a different flavour than many of the other books, and Kipling’s cultural references and commentary are so interesting. I loved AO camp! Am sorry I never got to chat with you Face to face, Brandy, but thank you for all you did to prepare. It was extraordinary!

  • Reply Shawna April 12, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Regarding the question…I definitely recommend The Jungle Book. I was quite hesitant the first time we read it, not having loved Just So Stories, and The Jungle Book is now one of my favorites. (Just So Stories has grown on me too) The poetry in it is a really neat bonus as well!

  • Reply Valerie H April 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Brandy, for which books later on do you think Jungle Book paves the way? Do you mean in general or specific books? We enjoyed the first part, but I’m not looking forward to reading all of it with my 3rd.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 15, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Generally, I think it paves the way, but I also think it specifically helps with Kim, which is in Year 5. ♥

  • Reply Lucy barr-hamilton April 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Your links added weight to my feelings of mild fear this evening. In the last few days an Australian rugby player has been sacked from the national team for a tweet about the bible’s teaching on homosexuality, among other sins. Today the BBC reports that an English national Rugby player “liked” the tweet and has been called in by the team bosses. He has responded by saying he is fed up with not being allowed to speak the truth about God as he sees it.

    Why my mild fear? I know the truth is always suppressed by mankind but when people are fired for quoting the bible (a social work student was thrown out of an English university a couple of years back for similar views expressed on Facebook ), where are Christians going to end up? The thought police seem very strong these days.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      I know — it really is discouraging that real conversation is frowned upon. Thought police is right! I pray we all remain faithful when it is hard to be so! ♥

      • Reply Alanna Hendon April 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm

        Take heart friends, (I have Easter hymns on the brain?)

        Fought the fight the battle won!

        Been contemplating this often and what it means on a personal scale and the world stage. Dr. Mohler once said hymns are apologetics by note, that has proven itself lately!
        Btw thanks for aocm2019 Brandy! I was in your talk and walked away full and encouraged!

        • Reply Brandy Vencel April 15, 2019 at 8:55 am

          “Hymns are apologetics” — I love that!

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