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Rea and Greta's Literature Soirée
July 22, 2017
9am to 4pm
The Monday Club, San Luis Obispo, CA
join Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books, and Greta Eskridge of
@maandpamodern fame, for a delightful day discussing life, literature,
poetry, and nature! This
expanded and enhanced iteration of Rea's Summer Literature Soirée will
be hosted at the beautiful San Luis Obispo Monday Club. This Spanish
Colonial style historic building was designed and built by the famous
architect of Hearst's San Simeon Castle–Julia Morgan, in 1934. Our day will begin at 9am and conclude at 4 pm,
and will include a delicious lunch from Giuseppe's Southern Italian
bistro, and gourmet coffee from our local favorite, Scout Coffee. This
will be a day of inspiration, laughter, and camaraderie as we explore
the beauty of literature, mothering, and the adventure of learning! We’re so excited to have you join us! A free COFFEE MEET UP with Rea and Greta will be held the night before the Soirée at Scout Coffee on Foothill Avenue. Come at 6:30 pm. Cost of admission is a cup of coffee or tea! Come get a chance to mingle with lots of like-minded mamas and enjoy San Luis Obispo's favorite coffee hang-out at the same time!
*No cancellations within 10 days of event. If within 10 days of event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Here's what we'll cover:
Teaching History Through Literature by Rea Berg
Our ancient predecessors, sitting by candlelight or lamplight, reading history, actually read history through literature.
There simply was no other way to study history–as there were no
textbooks until the Modern era. History has effectively been taught
through literature since ancient times. Just the last century or so has
this vibrant subject been robbed of its human connection by the
ubiquitous textbook. As Neil Postman urges in his book, The End of Education,
those who desire to improve teaching ought to get rid of all textbooks
which, in his opinion are "the enemies of education, instruments for
promoting dogmatism and trivial learning" (116). Replacing the history
textbook with literature not only restores this discipline to its
historic roots, but also reinvigorates it with its inherent passion,
human interest, and wonder. In the long term, children who are exposed
to the best books from an early age, learn the adventure, drama, and
poetry of a well-told tale, and discover the truth of Ralph Waldo
Emerson's maxim, "All history is biography."
The Power of Poetry
by Greta Eskridge
“Poetry: the best words in the best order.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
many of us teachers, poetry is an afterthought. There are so many books
to get through, novels, historical books, texts about science and
geography, that we struggle to find room for poetry. If there is any
time left at the end of a school day or week, we might fit in a poem or
two. But we might not. Because we aren’t sure that poetry matters all
However, when we don’t expose our children to poetry we are
doing them a great disservice. The author W. Somerset Maughman says,
“the crown of literature is poetry.”
Poetry requires a different kind
of reading and thinking from us than prose does. It makes us work a
little bit harder. It exposes us to the best language, because it the
poet chooses each word so carefully.
In this session, Greta will share
with you many ways to bring poetry into your school day. She’ll give you
everything from lesson ideas, to lists of best-loved childhood poems,
and poetry collections. She’ll share a bit of her childhood exposure to
poetry, or more accurately, the lack thereof. And what it was that
finally brought poetry to life for her.
More than anything, Greta wants
you to come way from this session feeling excited about poetry and
inspired to add it to your everyday life. After all, “teaching poetry
is one important way to help children become human beings who are fully
awake to the world.” Megan McNamerExploring the Great Writers of History for Children–A Practicum on Teaching History Through Literature by Rea Berg
the turn of the twentieth century, a publication movement arose that
recognized the value of children having excellent picture books and
history books that dealt with serious subjects, no longer just fairy
tales and fantasy–but history and biography. Recognized experts in
their fields were commissioned to write excellent books for children.
This movement coincided with an artistic flowering committed to exposing
children to the beauty of art at a young age. Combined, these movements
resulted in a golden era of children's literature that provided
children (and their parents) with extraordinary books that were not only
intellectually satisfying, but also visually pleasing. This session
will explore a number of these works and the ways in which these books
can build a rich historical and literary curriculum for you and your
Learning to Love Nature Through Literature by Greta Eskridge
does not despise real woods because he reads of enchanted woods; the
reading makes all the real woods a little enchanted.” CS Lewis
might not automatically make a connection between nature and
literature. Spending time in nature calls to mind hiking trails and
backpacks, dirt and bugs. While literature makes us think of academia,
deep discussions, or at the very least, curling up in a comfy spot to
get lost in the pages of Jane Austin.
However, many wonderful works of
literature are rich in nature, and the writers of these works were great
nature lovers. They understood the powerful teacher that nature and
literature can be together, engaging us in the wonder of the natural
sciences in a way a textbooks never could.
When we read these works of
literature with our children, we expose them to the beauty and marvels
of nature in a powerful way.
In this session, Greta will share her own
journey of falling in love with nature through reading great books. And
she’ll explain why she has made nature study through literature such a
priority in her own children’s education.
Greta will share practical
tips on how to make nature come alive through books. As well as ways to
get more nature into your lives, even if the idea of a hike with your
children leaves you feeling slightly panicked.
You’ll come away from
this session with an extensive list of books that are rich in nature.
Best of all, you’ll be inspired to add more nature and literature to
your school days.