I love books and have accumulated a lot of them in the last 20 years. Up
until about 2 years ago I visited the library frequently. I think libraries are
wonderful resources and they will always have a place in our world. However; 1. I'm bad at bringing back the books. This one is kind of silly. My life is very scheduled
out of necessity. I would rather be 30 minutes early than 1 minute late and
still I NEVER seem to be able to get my books back on time. I put them in my
car. I put due dates on my calendar but somehow it always gets pushed aside. I
think I've paid enough in late fees to have just bought every book I've ever
2. My kids are hard on books. One of my girls is a sensory kid. One of her things
is ripping paper. We have tried and are still trying to work on redirecting her
behavior but it's not completely gone. This, combined with books, does not end
well. Often while she is reading a book she will crinkle and rip at the blank
last page of the book. If that is gone she will go at the last page of the book.
I can't return a book to the library like that. I have to replace it (expensive)
versus if she does it to one of our books I can just repair it with some clear
tape and put it back on the shelf (much cheaper). 3. I like to write in my books. As I read more complicated and intricate books I have
started writing in them. I highlight, and take notes in the margins to keep
track of my thoughts because... 4. I like to reread my books. I've found myself checking out the same books over
and over again. While this is partly due to the limited selection in my small
town library it is also because I read a lot of reference books and educational
materials. The due date arrives and I am not done with the book but I can't
renew it because someone else is waiting for it or I return it, need it a couple
months later and it's checked out. 9 times out of 10 I have give in and just
bought the book from....
5. There are so many free and cheap resources on
the internet. Many classics are available online for free in ebook
format and many more great books can be found for $0.01 plus shipping on amazon.
Library sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Yard Sales, and book swapping websites
are all other great places to find books.
Going to the library became a burden rather than a joy and that's normally a
good sign that it's time for a change. Libraries are a true treasure trove but
right now, they are not really a good fit for my family. It's one of those "do
what works for your family things". I'm sure at some point I will be library
bound again but for now, we just don't go.
Wednesday we are going to Gainesville for Anya's Cardiologist and Thursday is Anya's first day of Hospital/Home-bound this year. We all love her teacher and can't wait to see her again.
This is also the first week of the Holiday Grand Plan.
What is going on with School?
The kids are still focusing on resuming our routine. We are also working towards self motivation and to work on that we are doing a character study this week on perseverance.
For my own school I am planning on reading Little Britches by Ralph Moody, Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax, and finishing Under the Dome by Stephen King. I also want to get an hour in on Khan Academy's math section. I other news, I am REALLY REALLY REALLY trying to stick to Fly Lady.
Last week died a slow and painful death (V does love school though). This week is starting just as well. Half of the house is sick (fevers, and sick at both ends). I'm going to let the kids relax and just focus on my own education until everyone is ready to get back to school.
Lately I've been reading about the educational philosophy known a TJED (Thomas Jefferson Education). One of the ideas that I find extremely interesting is creating your own personal list of "Classics". Most lists of classics read like lofty dreams for the person with no other aspirations or responsibilities than to tackle "The List". I agree with the writers of TJED that we need to redefine what a "Classic" is.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines classic as; serving as a standard of excellence: of recognized value. This takes the selection of classics out of the normal person's hands and into "their" hands, who ever they are. On the TJED website they define a classic as "a work - be it literature, music, art, ect. - that's worth returning to over and over because you get more from it each time." The key word is this definition is you. This means what I call a classic you might call a fluff filled waste of paper but some day you may return to it and agree with me, or not.
This makes the classics personal and with-in the grasps of everyone. Plus as you build your list of "Classics" it encourages you to strive higher and maybe you'll even tackle some of "their Classics". You will soon be seeing a new page here; my personal classics lists.