Anne of Green Gables, chapter 38
For my oldest daughter’s 8th grade year, I undertook a booklist with a different vision, one which had at its heart a feminine spirit. This is that book list, which for my daughter and I, represents a year full of cherished memories and delightful acquaintances.
Using the Anne of Green Gables books as its inspiration, this study provides for a young lady (of middle school/early high school) a booklist of direction and inspiration in developing in the many feminine virtues and domestic skills, so often belittled or eschewed in our current culture. Toward this end, the booklist offers literature from the Victorian and Edwardian period that accompanies Anne most naturally: friends such as Jo and Beth from Little Women, and the poetry of Ms. Montgomery herself, which is such a strong and utterly delightful support in this study. Following Anne through the books and through the year, my daughter found a quiet and very comfortable companion for “the bend in the road.” As Anne matures, her rich and ebullient life provide much for mother and daughter to discuss; it is a time to be cherished, and if you have not read these books yet dear reader, it is time to introduce yourself along with your daughter.
As the booklist naturally evolved, subjects connected themselves quite naturally so that this particular year looked more like a unit study if you are familiar with that style of learning. The literature, the history, even the Botany which emphasized naturalists from the period, all spring from the same lovely time in which Anne found herself singing off those pages as Ms. Montgomery penned her.
In addition to books, many wonderful movies and programs are listed as a suggestion to be enjoyed alongside this plan (and it is understood that families will exercise prudence in choosing to view any movie listed).
As part of this study, an emphasis on developing virtues, each represented by a different flower, is presented using The Catholic Girls Guide by Father Lasance. Additionally, reading from the lives of saints representative of the virtues discussed in Father’s book is listed. References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible are provided to further guide virtue development as well as apologetics of particular teachings pertaining to the virtues being studied.
The year and booklist seemed to ask quietly to be contained as flowers do, in a lovely way, fitting a young lady. So, I organized it into baskets (and as you know, I do love baskets!) named for the flowers that Father Lasance offers as representatives of the virtues discussed in The Catholic Girl’s Guide. There are four baskets for dividing the year into four quarters.
- Sunflower Basket
- Ivy Basket
- Peony Basket
- Rose Basket
- Weekly Planning Worksheet – this is a set of three different blank weekly planning grids that you can print and write all over to plan out your own baskets for your own young ladies!
….and because the science, which focused on Botany for this year, is such a particular delight, I’ve decided to post those plans in a separate format in case you’d like to use them:
- Botany & Natural History plans (suitable for a high school program)
- Botany booklist & resources for all ages (this page is hyperlinked with a variety of resources and ideas from labs and projects to books and would work well as a planning springboard for an entire year of Botany for multiple ages within a family.)
With this booklist, I hope I’ve drawn out the best and loveliest from this period which might be suitable, even inspiring for a young lady, intentionally choosing to point out the good and beautiful while sharing Anne with my daughter as a companion throughout the year.
I hope you and your daughters will enjoy this study and that time spent at the “bend in the road” as my daughter and I have. It has been several years since we completed this booklist and began to journey and look beyond that fascinating bend together, and we cherish our memories of the year. I pray that in sharing it with you, it is as much a blessing as it has been for us.