Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Inspiring Summer Reading - Positive Peer Pressure Edition



Some boy (he's just a friend, Mom) from the youth group saw a picture of our cake arch on the girls' Google plus - or some such virtual friend circle, and sent them a link to a recipe for Lembas breadLembas bread being the elven staple given to Sam and Frodo before their perilous journey in The Lord of the Rings.

The girls, who had never even cracked the cover of that particular book, jumped into action.

I chose not to point out that the recipe, from the Council of Elrond, looked suspiciously like a recipe for vanilla honey sugar cookies (especially, since we were out of shortening, and had to substitute in butter), or that the "bread" fresh from the oven tasted a lot like soggy graham crackers, or that printing out a mallorn leaf (from Entropy House) to copy onto construction paper...


...carefully decorated, and lined with wax paper...


...for wrapping up a piece of freshly baked Lembas bread for a special delivery to said boy at youth group that same evening, might have been a bit of overkill for a boy, whom I was being told was just a friend...


...but rather, used the opportunity to promote peer encouraged summer reading, by simply moving the book from our bookshelf to the table, where it could easily be enjoyed with a warm cookie (I can't quite bring myself to call it bread) and a glass of milk.


Okay, so I might have said all those other things, too.  But, I did produce the book, and managed not to roll my eyes, too much, in the process.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

4 comments:

Jae Huff said...

Hilarious! This is a great example of integrating learning from all kinds of "inspiration". This will be a lesson I will remember years from now.

Amber Hockman said...

Yes, I am also betting that YOUR cookies, too, have been a "positive peer pressure influence" on many a homeschooling Mama! ;0)

Ticia said...

Ha ha ha ha ha, I've seen that "bread" and considered many a time making it.

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

Oh, so that's what we should be looking forward to in teenage years :) Your girls have very well read friends!