Wednesday, July 1, 2015

From My Commonplace: On Wonder

"' True, true,' he said. 'That's right, Eelka.  We can't think much when we don't know much. But we can wonder!  From now until tomorrow morning when you come to school again, will you do that?  Will you wonder why and wonder why?  Will you wonder why storks don't come to Shora to build their nests on the roofs, the way they do in all the villages around?  For sometimes when we wonder, we can make things begin to happen.' " (p.6)
~Meindert de Jong, The Wheel on the School

My Bookbag This Week:
Devotional: Job with a commentary: Job: The Wisdom of the Cross (Ash)
Theological or Christian Living:  The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction (Ferguson)
AO Book Discussion Group: Beowulf
On Education: How to Read a Book (Adler), When Children Love to Learn (Cooper)
Topic of Special Interest: Galileo's Daughter (Sobel)
Novel/Biography/Memoir: Pilgrim's Inn (Goudge)
Read-Alouds with the Children:  The Wheel on the School (De Jong), Pilgrim's Progress (Bunyan)

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  1. We loved Wheel on the School. We've read probably most of de Jong's books, at least the ones still in print & haven't found a dud yet.

    1. We are loving him too. Along Came a Dog was another favorite (my two littler ones 'played' at that one for awhile!). I missed out on him as a child, but am finding his stories delightful as an adult.

  2. Wonder! You're speaking what I'm learning. Thank you for this ... going in my commonplace :)

  3. That one made its way into my commonplace too when we read it in the spring. :)

  4. Yes, there must be *something* in the air. This week's Wednesdays With Words is just perfectly full of wonder.

    1. Funny how that works, isn't it? I actually typed that quote up a couple weeks ago with the intention of sharing it here eventually, and this just happened the week it got posted. :)