Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When History & Homeschooling Meet

Last week I read The World and Works of Louisa May Alcott

Like many girls, I enjoyed her children's books.  I just read one of her grown-up tales, A Long Fatal Love Chase, and also loved it.

Reading her biography was like a study in Massachusetts and Connecticut genealogy and history.  Names and places were all "home" to me, and I was happy to finally learn more about her family.

One of the interesting things I learned from her biography was this:

Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May's father, is also the father of child-led education.

Isn't that something?  I love it when two of my interests or major things in my life meet.  It is like a gardner finding secret family documents buried in their flower bed (if only something that exciting would happen!), or a yard saler finding a book that was gifted to a grandmother decades ago.

Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley


  1. I remember doing a paper on Bronson Alcott when I was a student teacher. I loved reading about his little Boston school and the "conversations" he led with the children. When I was a kid we lived near Fruitlands and my parents used to describe the people who lived there, like B. Alcott and Graham, as "fruits" because of their crazy lifestyle. Now so many of their theories are mainstream it is unbelievably more than seredipity!

  2. What a creative writer you are, I loved your statement, "It is like a gardner finding secret family documents buried in their flower bed." Next time I go buy one of the Alcott houses, I'll take a photo for you.

  3. Ohhh, thanks Barbara!

    LOL about the "fruits" Heather!