Mentoring Lessons from Bambi

mentoring lessons from bambi

Bambi the Disney movie was the one I avoided when people listed off movies-to-watch. It was too sad and boring to me. It put a bad taste in my mouth and so I had no interest in reading the classic book either. I’m so glad I changed my mind. We just finished reading it to the family. What a treasure the book Bambi: A life in the Woods by Felix Salten is.

Animal stories were something I avoided in the past to my utter regret. Over the course of our homeschooling years, and especially the last two years, I’ve realized what wisdom and masterful storytelling can be done within a story about animals.

And just so you’re not bitterly disappointed, Thumper was made up for the movie, and I suspect it was because Bambi is not a book easily turned into a movie so it was “Disney-fied”. We found the leaves talking to one another entertaining and interesting. The kids all say now that the leaves whisper. The conversation was a beautiful segway into winter. [Continue reading]

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Reading Through The Lists

IMG_3077Confession: I have less than no interest in New Year’s goals. It is not that I think the idea of goal setting to be a bad one – it is just that the idea does not resonate with me. I love goals. I love lists. I just don’t have any desire to set upon a course of self improvement on the heels of the most stressful time of year. What I do want, however, is to be inspired at this time of year. To be encouraged to dream and think and reconsider my footsteps. For me, the very best way to do that is to sit at the feet of my literary mentors. Instead of agonizing over weight loss goals and vows to be more clutter free, I use the month of January to set some very important mentoring dates on my calendar: my reading list. [Continue reading]

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Martin Luther and Johannes Gutenberg


Ninety-five errors are what Martin Luther found in the doctrine of the Catholic church, or THE church at the time. He boldly put this list on the door of the church in Wittenburg. In consequence of this and other reasons related, the Diet of Worms … [Continue reading]

Bonhoeffer: the Book

Bonhoeffer: The book

I finished Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy with my husband this week. Metaxes wrote a work of art. I read this with my husband and we learned so much about WWII that we never knew. My husband and I could hardly stay away from the book and … [Continue reading]

Year of Books and Reading

Year of Books

  This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site! “The born reader reads anywhere, any when, by day or night, by thte light of the moon and the stars, or even, so I have heard, by lightening or the aurora … [Continue reading]

My Path to Creating a Gospel Centered Homeschool or Reflections on the Mortal Messiah

My Path to Creating a Gospel Centered Homeschool

Each time you return to the classics you are a new person than the last time you visited. Classics are books that you can get something from that is life changing and your friend can do the same and they may be completely different, or in some ways … [Continue reading]

Filling In The Colors Themselves


George McDonald is an often forgotten and overlooked author who inspired authors like CS Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. MacDonald was a short-time minister, theologian, lover of literature and a pretty amazing children's fantasy writer. In the … [Continue reading]

Confessions from a Book Collector


Can there be anything sweeter than the feeling of finishing a book that moved you, changed you, stretched you, and molded you? That is what good books can do. “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, <3 the Baker's!   … [Continue reading]

Read Aloud: What we have learned as a Family

What weHave Learned

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald Reading books aloud has been a part of my life from the beginning. I’ve tried to do the same for my own “little” family that I’m raising. I feel that reading aloud books as … [Continue reading]

The Rithmatist: Why We Loved Reading it


Whenever we’ve taken a vote throughout the year of everyone in the family’s favorite read-aloud-of-the-year. It is always, hands down, The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. Because I was curious what they loved so much about the book, I sat down … [Continue reading]

Classic Kids Book List That EVERY Child Needs: List Six


A book in the hand is a book in the brain and heart. Books change us. Books heal us. Books gives us stories to go on and ideas for life itself. And books, as we have seen in our family, have helped in bridging learning gaps in multiple ways. In … [Continue reading]

What Reading Aloud 60 Classic Books Can Do for a Child

60 classics

What is the difference between two Scholar Phase kids + two Love of Learning phase kids with learning disabilities, one year, and 60 classic books read aloud to them? Answer: HUGE leaps and bounds by my children in their comprehension of ALL … [Continue reading]

Little Librarians


Ingredient #19: The Bookshelf. Such an innocent looking ingredient... and yet it is one of the most challenging ingredients for many of us to implement. This simple ingredient is not unlike the item it describes.  Bookshelves are such common and … [Continue reading]

Travelling Without A Suitcase


When I was eight my parents took us to Europe - my sister was 6 and my brother was 4. It was 1984 and the dollar was worth almost one British Pound. It was too good an opportunity to pass up. We packed three canvas army duffle bags that my mom had … [Continue reading]