Tour the Victorian world of Anne of Green Gables with Cadron Creek’s Where the Brook and River Meet!
By Margie Gray
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From the practical to the poetic, Where the Brook and River Meet takes students on a journey through the Victorian Era and the world of Anne of Green Gables.
Through varied, thought-provoking activities that stimulate interest and inquiry, they will explore the events and thinking of the time. Combining elements of the classical education of Anne’s day—dictation, recitation, memorization, essay writing—with the interdisciplinary approach of today—use of primary documents, filed trips, hands-on projects—this study will challenge students to reflect on the historical issues of the Victorian day as well as the personal challenges of growing up.
While following the lively, imaginative Anne into young womanhood, students will be led to look at their own journey into maturity. From discussions of self-acceptance, appearance, friendship, and romance, they will move beyond to reflect on character-building questions. What does it take to be a good friends? What should be the topic of our conversations? What are the effects of unforgivingness? For, at the heart of this study is the author’s desire to see young women grow into the grace of womanhood and the fruitfulness of the Lord.
Author Margie Gray uses the wisdom in Montgomery’s book as a springboard to teaching beyond knowledge:
“Before beginning Where the Brook and River Meet, I asked myself ‘What I want to teach my children?’ The answers came as I started writing—I want to prepare my daughters for singleness or married life; to teach them how to be godly wives and mothers; to help them learn marketable skills; and, above all, I want to nurture them in the knowledge of the Lord. That is what Marilla wanted for Anne and what she set about doing in Anne of Green Gables.'”
Every aspect of Where the Brook and River Meet is designed to enhance learning. Detailed lesson plans, subject headings, activity icons, informational appendices, and more guide the student and instructor through the variety of learning experiences. The scholarly tasks of reading, research, and writing are well balanced with many hands-on exercised like flower pounding, print making, and drawing. Dialogue-based reading comprehension questions and other discussion-type activities build communication between parent and child.
This interdisciplinary curriculum is designed primarily for high school students. It is a full academic year program which covers a number of subject areas: literature, history, writing, grammar, fine arts, social studies, Bible, religion, occupational education, and health. Students will be exposed to many aspects of these subjects including: the opera and visual arts of the period; literature from many eras; poetry appreciation; a woman’s role in society; information on the nature, prevention, and care of diseases; the attitude of service to the sick and injured as well as the less fortunate. In keeping with the spirit of the Victorian age, a one-year course in Latin is suggested. Separate mathematics and laboratory science programs should be added to round of the curriculum.
You and your students will be challenged by the clear call to higher standards this study sets forth.