Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | February 10, 2010

This way and that

I found a couple of literary works on the girls’ bed this evening while cleaning their room.  I took a quick read through and thought I’d share them with you.  The titles of these works are “Stories of Moorland” Volumes 1 & 2

Stories of Moorland – Volume 1

To Evelyn  From Aunt M. (inscription on the inside cover of the book)

Such a sweet place of Moorland!
The sky blue.
Lions roamed,
Tigers hunted,
Birds soar over the sky.

A little boy Age 3 was now
being attended by his parents.
One day he rode on a pony for show.

His father Captain of the ship, set sail and left.
Where could he have gone?
Little Eric wondered.
Did he go to the land of Sitti?
Or maybe Calti. Where did he go?
His father was gone to an unknown land
Eric thought. But where?

Volume 2 will tell the rest.

Stories of Moorland – Volume 2

Eric’s Father was in an unknown land.
It was called Persittiesst. There was war.
Father fought as well. He was doing well.
He swung his sword this way and that,
killing the eneimies.
Father was suddenly shot. He came back
to Moorland.
Eric shouted with joy! Father told of how
he had fought, killing people. My!

Eric was a young lad and one day married a lass
named Letta.

They had 3 children of they’re very own.
Eric soon had a ship of his very own and
sailed to Persittiesst.

The End

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Each volume was written in a hand-made booklet, measuring approximately 2″ x 3″.  It was written by Aunt M. (Megalos, the 10 yr old) for her “niece” Evelyn (Big Mac’s doll/daughter).  🙂

To be completely honest, I’m speechless.  “Creative writing” has been a subject that I have not covered with the girls, partly because when we did it a few years back, it was like pulling teeth, and partly because I personally have an aversion to it.  I recall the times when we had “composition” in Singapore, where they would give you pictures and you’d have to write a story…it was a painful part of my education.  🙂  

Megalos has been churning out little compositions during their leisure time, and I remember distinctly her first one being about the 3 little pigs.  It was done for the boys, when they were much younger.  It was simple but for her being 6 years old then, it was quite good.  

Admittedly, with these 2 “volumes”, I was sure she’d copied it from some other book!  I mean, really…”He swung his sword this way and that, killing the enemies.” This way and that??!!  I asked her how she came up with the story…she said she didn’t know…she just made it up! Even the names of the countries.  Yes, some of her paragraphs could do with a little more expansion in thought, but hey, for one with no formal training, I think she did really well…but I could be accused of partiality. 😉

Seriously though, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me.  In fact, for the past couple of weeks, I have been researching language arts curriculum (it is approaching “that time of the year” – homeschool conventions), and specifically the writing portion – trying to figure out the least painful (for them and me) way to get writing into our schedule.

I have learnt some valuable lessons from this little “find”:

1) Surround them with great literature….limit, or even ban twaddle. (dumbed-down literature absent of meaning) MS dad has been reading some stories written in the 1800’s and 1900’s…which would account for some of the language. 🙂

2) Great things can happen during “play” ….remember, this was done during their free time (which, I must confess, sometimes seems like a lot!)  It was not an assigned work, which I’m convinced would have been like pulling teeth.

3) Not to toss out the countless “scraps” of paper that litter my home without taking a good look at it first.  The girls have these 18″ dolls that they play with and it’s like a whole new world for them.  They play school, house, life with these dolls – hence the miniature books…the dolls even have school books, Bible…etc…all sized appropriately. 

4) Not to stress out over the non-traditional way we’re doing school.  There are days  weeks  who am I kidding – let’s just say LONG periods of time, where I want to desperately go back to what I know – the way I was schooled – where we do tests, etc. etc.  But then again, I have serious gaps in my education…I don’t remember 90% of what I learned.  In fact, one of the reasons why I enjoy homeschooling is that I’m learning right along with the children and having fun!  Right now, if you were to ask the girls what their favourite subject is, they’ll say…get this…HISTORY!! bwahahahaha.  

Can you imagine??!!  I must say, though, this is my favourite right now too.  We’re doing American History (and adding in our own Canadian history as we go along)…all the way back to the Native Indians.  At the moment, we’re learning about Christopher Columbus…and our family room sofas have now turned into the 3 ships that sailed from Spain to the Americas…the boys are right in there with the girls…shouting about the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Niña. Very funny.

Anyway, I think the Lord knew I was in need of much encouragement and allowed me to find these little booklets. 🙂


Responses

  1. oh lynn! what lovely verses that M came up with! I cannot believe they are her original stuff! I’m super impressed! it’s so poetic and very good! you’re doing a wonderful job my dear! Praise God for your ministry with them!


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