Saturday, September 16, 2006

Coming soon ...

... why we're so enjoying reading Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Understood Betsy, and why it has so far reminded me of John Holt, Charlotte Mason and homeschooling.

7 comments:

Jennie C. said...

Oh! I loved this book! And Betsy reminds me a lot of my oldest daughter. There was one chapter that just made me cry and I could barely finish reading it aloud, much to the confusion of my little children. Maybe we should read this one again.

Faith said...

Actually, I read somewhere that the author was heavily influenced by the philosophy of Montessori.

Becky said...

I can't wait to read your thoughts, Karen. This is one of my favorite books, and one of my favorite history lessons from any source is from UB and is what I used for my Fourth of July post :)

Liz said...

I'm so glad you've tried this one out,Karen. It was one of my favorite books as a child and I read it to Abby when she was around 8. I think it planted seeds for my own educational philosophy. Of course, being in Vermont I should have read more of D.C.Fisher (we even have some in the local library), but I have to admit that I haven't. Maybe next week... Don't you just love the way the Putney cousins give Elizabeth Ann a chance to do things for herself (like cook!) and the way that the school teacher accepts her just the way she is instead of trying to make her be all grade 3?

Karen E. said...

Yes, Liz, it's wonderful! Thanks to you and Lissa for both recommending it (numerous times, I think.)

Faith, I can see that Montessori influence! Thanks.

Jennie, definitely read it again. :)

And Becky -- yes! Wasn't that the best passage on history coming alive? Lucky Betsy ... I didn't have anyone do that for me until I was in college.

JennGM said...

Oh, good, can't wait to read the review. I have this waiting for me at my libary. I ordered it after Cay and Kim recommended this book as a living book to feel Fisher's Montessori flavor, as she wrote some other Montessori titles.

Karen E. said...

Thanks for the link to the 4Real thread, Jenn. I just visited it, and would like to look at Fisher's other books now. I'm so behind over there (at 4Real), and actually rarely visit the Montessori page. What serendipity that Fisher just came up!