Wednesday, November 10, 2010


     Paddle-to-the-Sea is the book that we have been studying for geography this year.  I love it.  The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the tips he gives for remembering the outlines of the Great Lakes.  For instance, Lake Superior looks like a wolf's head, and Lake Michigan looks like a gourd, since it's surrounded by farming country. 
     We have been slowly going through the book, doing only one chapter a week to let the material really soak in.  Going slowly is part of Charlotte Mason's methods for retaining information, and goes against my natural grain.  If I like something, I want to completely immerse my self in it, living and breathing whatever it is until I am completely sick of it.  I am learning the value of taking things a step at a time. 
     Geography would not be complete without maps, and for that we use a blank map from Beautiful Feet Books.  The maps they have to accompany the Holling C. Holling books are lovely.  They are big, thick and cream; you can't beat that.
What is it about cream paper that makes it seem better?  Right now Anna is slowly painting and labeling her map; it's looking very pretty.  The only thing I don't like about the map, is that it stops before the paper ends, so you don't really know when to stop coloring it in.  I think they should have at least drawn the coast line all the way down, so that the Atlantic doesn't over flow into the mid- Atlantic states.  I thought I was the only person bothered by things like this, but it bugs Anna too.  I am thinking of penning it in myself.
     All in all though, I am really enjoying going through Paddle-to-the-Sea.


  1. It is a beautiful map. Would her drawing something in those areas appeal to you two? Perhaps a figure for each chapter, drawn around the edges like the old maps did? Just a thought.

  2. Good idea; I had thought about that. Maybe a drawing of Paddle-to-the-Sea. The map in the book has a picture of a Canadian goose, so maybe something along those lines.

  3. Susannah, lovely blog, beautiful family!

    I welcome you to post on my blog about your children's aptitudes and interests.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  4. we really like making additions to our maps like Phyllis mentioned! :)

    amy in peru