Vintage Find
teacher's almanack by Dana Newmann

I recently found this book at a local thrift store. I’ve really been enjoying it, not only aesthetically, but informationally speaking. Nice job Ms. Dana Newmann! Although published in 1973, some things just don’t go out of date. The dust cover is torn nearly to shreds, but as with most books I am also torn…i just can’t trash it! Even though the hardbound cover is quite attractive.

Teacher's Almanacwaldorf homeschool
From the book
This day in history:
Wolfgang Mozart was born 1756-1791
Lewis Carroll was born 1832-1898
Thomas Edison was granted the patent on incandescent light: 1880.
Riddle: What is the best & cheapest light? post your guess!
There are crafts, activities, etc. much fun! & she wrote another book that I will check the library for as well.
Other things for the week, Tu B’shevat is on Saturday (New Year of the Trees). Nothing major about it, but we had a good time at the library where we made Fruit Kabobs last night & read stories about trees. For me it’s just a reminder that religion & nature shouldn’t be disconnected. Anne Shirley said her optimal place of prayer would be in an open field under an open sky with her hands raised–not kneeled by a bedside. There’s room for both, but I have to admit a preference for her way.


  • Almost Precious Posted January 27, 2010 4:29 pm

    Well sunlight is free so thats pretty cheap.
    Lovely blog, bright, cheerful, imaginative. You'll soon have a big following. 🙂

  • Annette Posted January 27, 2010 4:43 pm

    I guess sunlight! I love old books too!

  • Melissa Posted January 27, 2010 6:02 pm

    You quote Anne Shirley– I like you more every day. I'll have to loan you my "schoolhouse garden" book from 1903 for your homeschool–it's full of amazing plant advice and such a beautiful little volume!

  • Joy Posted January 28, 2010 2:33 am

    What a cool find! I love it! Do you know McGuffey Readers? They were the standard readers for 1 room schoolhouses back in the day and the most sold books after the Bible. My parents had a set when I was growing up and they just brought them to me over Christmas. Woohoo, I'm in love. If you want to check them out, we should get together.

  • school house oils Posted January 28, 2010 4:25 am

    Sunlight it is! (some bright readers) 😉 Thanks for compliments Almost Precious! I hope you visit often…& Melissa, have I not said we're kindred spirits? & joy–i don't know of McGuffey! But, i'll take it as an excuse to get together. I'm in love with the 1 room school house & would walk 6miles a day to get my kids to one!

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