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Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study With the Gentle Art of Learning(TM) : A Story for Mother Culture ® Paperback – January 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1889209036 ISBN-10: 1889209031

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Company (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889209031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889209036
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Andreola is the author of the perennial bestseller A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning™. The Andreolas created The Gentle Art of Learning™ as their company brand as it represents their personal interpretation and application of the Charlotte Mason method of education during the years they homeschooled their children from kindergarten through grade 12. The Andreolas were responsible for the modern day revival of the Charlotte Mason method of education dating back to 1988 when they republished Charlotte Mason's 6 vol. Original Homeschooling Series. The modern day Charlotte Mason movement has been based largely on Karen's practical interpretations and writings. Karen was editor of the Parents' Review Magazine for Home Training and Culture for 6 years, conducted and promoted home support groups, wrote for Practical Homeschooling Magazine, Homeschooling Today, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, The Gentle Art of Learning™, along with other topics such as parenting and Mother Culture®. She is also one of America's most respected homeschool product reviewers. Her other books include: Pocketful of Pinecones, Lessons at Blackberry Inn, Simply Grammar, Story Starters, and a revision of the classic Beautiful Girlhood. Ladies will enjoy reading her inspiring blog: Moments with Mother Culture®.

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Karen Andreola is the author of the perennial bestseller A Charlotte Mason Companion:Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning™. The Andreolas created The Gentle Art of Learning™ as their company brand - bringing Charlotte Mason into the 21st century. It represents their personal interpretation and application of the Charlotte Mason method of education during the years they homeschooled their children from kindergarten through grade 12. The Andreolas were responsible for the modern day revival of the Charlotte Mason method of education dating back to 1988 when they republished Charlotte Mason's 6 vol. Original Homeschooling Series. The modern day Charlotte Mason movement has been based largely on Karen's practical interpretations and writings. Karen was editor of the Parents' Review Magazine for Home Training and Culture for 6 years, conducted and promoted home support groups, wrote for Practical Homeschooling Magazine, Homeschooling Today, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, The Gentle Art of Learning™, along with other topics such as parenting and Mother Culture®. She is also one of America's most respected homeschool product reviewers. Her other books include: Pocketful of Pinecones, Lessons at Blackberry Inn, Simply Grammar, Story Starters, and a revision of the classic Beautiful Girlhood. Ladies will enjoy reading her inspiring blog: Moments with Mother Culture®. http://momentswithmotherculture.blogspot.com/

Customer Reviews

There is so much to learn in this fictional story.
Betsy C
Karen has included recommended resources and excerpts from Charlotte Mason's book, Home Education.
Isabel Brown
This book is what I would call "gentle encouragement for the homeschooling mother."
K. Alphs

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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Brown on May 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
With some books reading is a chore. I abhor the clutter of unnecessary words, repetitive phrases and even paragraphs that waste my time and only distract from an important message. Too many words in too many works, both old and new, seem to have been written just to fill the page, - and perhaps the pocketbook.
Pocketful of Pinecones was easy to read, and a pleasure to read. It is the fictional account of Carol, a mother living in the 1930s, and using Charlotte Mason's methods, particularly her nature study methods. Yet, the book is based on Karen Andreola's experiences with her own children. It is a book that you will continue to pick up until you have reached the last pages telling of the Andreola's life in Maine. I enjoyed the book, and felt i got to know Karen a little better. She is an extremely soft spoken person and this gentleness is evident in Pinecones. The temptations are there, but Carol thinks before speaking so as not to be harsh to her family.
In all our educating we should remember as Carol-Karen tells us,
"...that not all of what they will learn about God's creation will conveniently fit into my lessons. My students have a lifetime ahead of them in which to observe and discover - to become self educated in their leisure, so to speak. My job is to allow their feet to walk the paths of wonder, to see that they form relations to various things, so that when the habit is formed, they will carry an appreciation for nature with them throughout their lives."
As a lover of nature and nature's God, as well as inclined to sketching, Pocketful of Pinecones was a delightful read. I laughed and I cried. I sang hymns. It is inspiring and not just toward nature study. It encourages toward more gentle motherhood and even to humility before our husbands.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Dreamdog on July 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I waited six months to get this book through interlibrary loan because I couldn't tell from the description whether it would be something I'd want to own. I read the book straight through and I am now going to buy it so that I can refer back to it.
As a child, I got much more excited about a new subject if I read fiction about a character who was excited about it than if I only read nonfiction on the topic. Reading this book got me engaged in the idea of doing nature study and adjusting my view of homeschooling in a way that the three or four "straight" books on Charlotte Mason education I've read haven't done.
I would recommend this for any homeschooler, whether he/she is interested in the Charlotte Mason approach or not, who is interested in incorporating more nature study into his/her children's education--or for any homeschooler who is feeling burned out and in need of a fresh perspective.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I need to start out by saying that I love Karen Andreola's writing. I was an avid subscriber when she published her Parents' Review magazine and I saved -- and savored! -- every issue. Karen's book, A Charlotte Mason Companion, is one of my all-time favorite homeschooling books that I recommend to every home educator I meet.
But as much as I respect and enjoy Karen and her other writings, this particular book just didn't "grab" me. Charlotte Mason talks about giving a book a "two page test" ... you randomly open a book and read two pages. Then ask yourself, "Do I want to read more?" Well, this book didn't pass my two page test. I didn't even want to finish reading the two pages.
I think perhaps Karen's writing "gift" (and she IS gifted!) is in the area of non-fiction. This fictional book left me cold, although, believe it or not, each chapter did fuel a wee bit of inspiration for me. After reading the book, I plan on getting brand new sketch books for my children (and for myself!), and then heading out to our local nature trails and parks with fresh eyes.
So, the question remains, do I like this book? I honestly don't know. I didn't care for the writing style, it wasn't a "page turner" for me, but it HAS been inspiring in a quiet sort of way. But to get to the book's inspirational aspects, I almost had to force myself to sit down and read the book. So I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. I wish I'd seen the book first before buying it. I don't think I would've spent the money ... but your mileage may vary.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is written as a diary by the main character Carol. Based on Charlotte Mason's teachings, the book gives an idea of how to study nature in the most natural way, whether you live in the city or country. Nature study can be turned into a science and art lesson, and even a writing lesson if you keep a nature journal. At first the book was a little boring, but as I read on I just hated to put it down. As a mother of 5, I appreciate that the book is broken down into short chapters so I can snatch a few minutes here and there to read. This book is unique. It may be a bit far fetched as to how perfectly wonderful the people seem, but honestly that's the reason I read books like this. I enjoy being "taken away" from the stress of everyday life and into another time and place. What inspired me most about this book is that I was reminded to slow down, enjoy exploring nature with my children, and even turn it into a learning experience for all of us. In this day and age of fast-paced high-tech living, I think everyone would benefit from a reminder like this to "stop and smell (and even draw!) the flowers". Highly recommended.
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