This is my fourth year of having our little school in our house. Every year it can be a challenge as I try to come up with new curriculum, new subjects to study, new authors to discover, and new books to read. My favorite of all of those of course is finding good, living books to read aloud to the students.
Our first chapter book read-aloud this year was Understood Betsy. I can't remember where I heard about this one, but I'm so glad I stumbled across it. This book was beautiful and one that I will always remember (much like this one). It's the story of a girl named Betsy, who is sent off to live with her Putney cousins at their farm. It makes you want to fill your house with geraniums and wear a gingham apron (the schoolteacher in the book wore one...maybe I should get started on one!).
One day at school, we decided to make some tea cookies to nibble on while we read the book. I'd been wanting to try a recipe from this cookbook, and the Lemon Tea Cookie recipe seemed perfect (lucky for you there's another blogger out there that posted the whole recipe). The recipe was easy and perfect to do with kids. There's an icing that goes on top, but I was thinking some raspberry jam would be nice on top, too! Perfect for an afternoon tea and alongside a good book.