Milly-Molly-Mandy is the main character of a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Joyce Lankester Brisley.
This year we are using Literature Guides from Veritas Press and Memoria Press designed for the Second Grade school year.
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So far for us, this has entailed selected titles from Beatrix Potter stories, The Boxcar Children book #1, Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective book #1, Prairie School by Avi, Owls in the Family, and now the Milly Molly Mandy Story Book. We have more books planned for our year that are quite pulling to us including starting the Little House series!
Right now we are about seven chapters in the Milly Molly Mandy Story Book. We are using the Veritas Press Literature and Comprehension Guide for studying Milly Molly Mandy. My daughter AppleBlossom’s favorite part is making the paper dolls included within the guide. This is new to her, and definitely something that we will try to continue with other studies in the future.
Milly Molly Mandy is a little girl who lives with her parents and some extended family. She lives in a little village that she runs errands and has free reign in. She is imaginative, friendly, precocious, and eager to help and please. Her little stories within each chapter are quite entertaining for us and AppleBlossom loves to read and related the stories to me.
We have a physical copy of the Milly Molly Mandy Story Book that we purchased on the recommendation of Sonlight P4/5 as a read aloud and while we read a chapter or two years ago, it was not until AppleBlossom started reading it herself aloud to me that we are truly enjoying it. It is available on the Kindle as well, there seem to be different version and formats available. The one entitled “StoryBook” with the pink cover that seems to match our yellow covered physical book. In regards to the kindle versions; the Adventures and seasonal titles, such as Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and School Days seem to have fewer of the little short stories or chapters as is what is within the Story Book. If her passion about the stories continues, then we just might have to acquire a copy of More Milly Molly Mandy Stories as well!
Using our Literature and Comprehension Guide we are learning:
- fluently reading orally
- gaining an increased desire for reading
- showing comprehension
- increasing vocabulary
- identifying Biblical and character values and virtues
- recognizing and learning to identify styles (myths, poems, fantasy, fiction, nonfiction, etc)
- answering questions in complete thoughts
Projects & activities:
- making paper dolls
- recipe – blackberry pudding
- recipe – lid potatoes (aka twice baked potatoes)
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Adventuring with Milly Molly Mandy, we have been discussing geography as she traipses all through town and have followed her directions on the map in the book cover. Our cooking skills are being exercised as we are learning to read recipes and go step by step to bake pastries and family friendly vegetables. Artistic talents are presenting themselves as imaginative play is integrated into the renewed enjoyment of colored paper dolls again and again.
AppleBlossom is gained confidence the more she reads and adventures with Milly Molly Mandy. We have discussed history, and how people used to live in villages in compared to how they live today. This entire experience with Milly Molly Mandy thus far has been very positive for my little precocious student.