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The Down-Side of Literature-Based Education

Have you ever considered the "down side" of a literature based education?  What happens if you end up with children who truly LOVE quality literature?  What will happen if they grow up and crave Austen, Steinbeck, Dickens, and more?  We have been dealing with the problem of literature-love in our own family.  The evidence is clear to everyone!

My son Alex LOVES all literature, but especially Jane Austen.  We believe he may have been born in the wrong century.  When he got to college, the first thing he did was develop a Jane Austen Club on campus.  The "Pemberly Society" has an annual ball.  Many who attend dress in time-period costume.  They serve food from the era of Jane Austen, and decorate in period decor.  They have English Country dance music, with a caller, just like in the Austen movies.  In the hallway, Alex and his club arranged to have demonstration boards representing different aspects of the time period.  They explained the food, the clothing, and the gender rolls of the Austen time period.  It was a fabulous event!

See what can happen when your kids grow up to love literature?  Look out!

Alex Binz
Alex introduced the students who helped him organize the event.




Lee and Alex
Matt and I were only taking tickets, so I am not in "period dress."




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A gaggle of Austen-ites.



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So how did they learn all those fine manners?  Read about it here! Also, check out our favorite literature-based curriculum:  Sonlight.

 
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Comments 8

Guest - J W on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 20:25

That's the 2nd year in a row I've missed this event! I had my own lovely daughters showing off their talents that night at our church's talent show! Besides, I have a hurt foot :-( I love dancing, and my husband is a wonderful dancer!

And speaking of manners, the ladies at the German deli love us because my girls always say "yes, please," "thank you," "good day," and "goodbye" in German! We're studying French, but I always emphasize that "thank you" is the first word(s) one should always learn in any language, and one should always learn to say it in the languages one encounters on a regular basis!

That's the 2nd year in a row I've missed this event! I had my own lovely daughters showing off their talents that night at our church's talent show! Besides, I have a hurt foot :-( I love dancing, and my husband is a wonderful dancer! And speaking of manners, the ladies at the German deli love us because my girls always say "yes, please," "thank you," "good day," and "goodbye" in German! We're studying French, but I always emphasize that "thank you" is the first word(s) one should always learn in any language, and one should always learn to say it in the languages one encounters on a regular basis!
Guest - Laura on Friday, 13 February 2009 06:10

I would love to know where those girls are getting those lovely dresses. We are trying to organize a dance something like this, but we are concerned about where the girls will find dresses. Please don't tell me the girls are making all their own dresses!! LOL!

I would love to know where those girls are getting those lovely dresses. We are trying to organize a dance something like this, but we are concerned about where the girls will find dresses. Please don't tell me the girls are making all their own dresses!! LOL!
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 13 February 2009 06:38

Hi Laura,
I know they got the patterns online, but I'll ask them for the specific link and get back to you. I believe you can also rent them, but perhaps the girls rented them from the theater department, I don't know. I'll get back to you on that, OK?
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Laura, I know they got the patterns online, but I'll ask them for the specific link and get back to you. I believe you can also rent them, but perhaps the girls rented them from the theater department, I don't know. I'll get back to you on that, OK? Blessings, Lee
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Guest - Adrienne (website) on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:47

Love this. Where is it? We live in the north Dallas region and would live to attend this. I have three teen girls. We do Charlotte Mason and use Amblesideonline for our curriculum. I KNOW I was born in the wrong time era. Lol. I am crazy about Charles Dickens too!!

Love this. Where is it? We live in the north Dallas region and would live to attend this. I have three teen girls. We do Charlotte Mason and use Amblesideonline for our curriculum. I KNOW I was born in the wrong time era. Lol. I am crazy about Charles Dickens too!!
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:52

Adrienne,
If you google "English Country Dancing" and the name of your city, you may find your own group that loves the Austen era! This dance was in Seattle, and that might be a bit of a drive, LOL!
Blessings,
Lee

Adrienne, If you google "English Country Dancing" and the name of your city, you may find your own group that loves the Austen era! This dance was in Seattle, and that might be a bit of a drive, LOL! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Cam Jackson (website) on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:23

My daughter has loved Jane Austen since our homeschool group did Pride and Prejudice in 2009. My son was Mr. Darcy and my daughter was Kitty Bennet. She made her own costume including a Spencer jacket. Since that time she has done an educational presentation for 4-H on Regency clothing and made 2 more gowns. She is planning a career in costume design and has started her own sewing business, Mariah's Masquerade, making costumes. She would love to attend a Regency Era ball! Too bad we are in Texas!

My daughter has loved Jane Austen since our homeschool group did Pride and Prejudice in 2009. My son was Mr. Darcy and my daughter was Kitty Bennet. She made her own costume including a Spencer jacket. Since that time she has done an educational presentation for 4-H on Regency clothing and made 2 more gowns. She is planning a career in costume design and has started her own sewing business, Mariah's Masquerade, making costumes. She would love to attend a Regency Era ball! Too bad we are in Texas!
Guest - Misty aka Elvisgirl (website) on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 21:49

I had a feeling there wasn't going to be a downside. Thanks for sharing what your son is doing now!!

I had a feeling there wasn't going to be a downside. Thanks for sharing what your son is doing now!!
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