Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Weldon

This week I finished up Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything by Laura Grace Weldon. Since I read the majority of the book in the last few days, I'm counting it as my first completed read in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge! We haven't "officially" started homeschooling yet; my daughter is just entering the preschool years. Everything is laid-back and fun right now, with only a little guidance from me as I notice interest and wonder. And lots of reading, of course! She's our first (and only), and I am utterly fascinated by how natural it is for her to learn things like numbers, the alphabet, putting sounds together - often without any input from me. I would…

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The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola

Title: The Legend of Old BefanaAuthor: Tomie dePaolaPublisher: SandpiperReleased: 1980Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:This is a delightful reading of the favorite Italian Christmas story about an eccentric old woman and her never-ending search for the Baby King.With Epiphany coming up on January 6, we've already read The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola several times in our home. In Italian folklore, La Befana is an old woman (in some regions, a friendly "witch") who visits children on the night before Epiphany, leaving candy and/or small gifts. Befana represents all people who are seeking Jesus.The stories about La Befana vary greatly from region to region, but Tomie dePaola's version comes closest to the one I learned as a child.La Befana is…

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