Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Coffee table strewing.

On our coffee table and trolley this week.

Let's take this in non logical order.....

The second pic is of the trolley in the dining room. What have I strewed?

Some banksia nuts we found at Dee Why lagoon, after our swim at Dee Why beach on Sunday.

St Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton. ( St Francis' feast day is this week).

Pic number one is our coffee table ( camphor wood chest) in the sitting room.

Set amidst the pot plant and my china are -

A Pictorial History of Australia ( out of print but I remember reading and enjoying this as a child. I found a copy at a secondhand bookstore.)

Game of mancala. We've been having some mean games this weekend!

The Story of the World Vol 4 - we had this out to read about the first Gulf War ( after watching Denzel Washington in The Manchurian Candidate). The book has stayed out and is sometimes picked up and read.

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Luke has our copy of the CCC so we are making do with this newly purchased Compendium. Nice for easy reference and as a conversation starter ( I hope).

Oh, and for a refresher on the concept of strewing in unschooling, read here.


Alice said...

I would love to find these resources strewn about my own house. I think, if I did, I would drop everything to read and use them. What an effective and enjoyable educational method.

Leonie said...

Alice, what a nice thing to say! I like the idea of strewing - it really works here, to spark some interest and discussion!

Anonymous said...

My daughter and I are crazy about mancala! I learned in Malawi, she learned at public school "Before/ After" Care.
I enjoy your blog very much!

Lisa at

Jennifer said...

Mancala - oh no! I have never, ever won this game against Marianna. She rules. I actually dread seeing her with that gleam in her eye and the game in her hands, I know I'm in for it...

Cindy said...

HI Leonie-

I am reading Chesterson's St. Francis bio now and am really enjoying it. Love the first chapter 'setting the scence' of where he is in history. Very nicely portrays the state of the world after Reformation.

Love your post- beautiful strewing!
Off to read the links you put in the post.

Cindy said...

Oh.. also Leonie-- do you like the Story of the World books?

Leonie said...

Wow, Lisa and Jennifer - more people who like Mancala. What I like about it is that it is an all ages game - Anthony ( youngest ds) started playing at age 3 and we adults still play mancala.

Cindy, have fun with the links - I only have Vol 4 of SOTW. I felt I had a lot of story like books for other periods of history but the only modern history I had was compendiums. SOTW Vol 4 has fit the gap for story like modern history very well. I've read about halfway through and then bits and pieces.