“We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities. We are the dreamers of the dream.” ~ Roald Dahl ~ (September 1916 – November 1990)

I’ve had fun lately reading some books that I haven’t read in a long time and this great book by Roald Dahl was one of them!

It was such fun to read and I loved the tension of wondering if Charlie would get a Golden Ticket. I really wanted him to find one!

Old Sturbridge Village Home School Day!



OMV insigniaOld Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is the largest outdoor living-history museum in the Northeast. For those of you who live close enough to visit this unique 200-acre nonprofit educational institution, you might be interested in registering for one of their three upcoming Home School Day events (held on Fridays: February 7th, March 28th and May 6th).



Visiting Old Sturbridge Village is a wonderful family adventure that demonstrates everyday life between the years of 1790 and 1840. It could be a perfect addition to your children’s exploration of history! If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Home School Day events, be sure to view the Events Calendar that provides many other options. Old Sturbridge Village is currently offering “Kids Free on Winter Weekends”. You might wish to visit on a snowy winter day to join in a horse-drawn sleigh ride! Let us know if you plan to attend any of the Old Sturbridge Village events. It would be delightful for you to connect with other Oak Meadow families!





Brain Food: Riddles

(Answer below)

I think riddles can be a lot of fun! They are challenging and often they are a tricky play on words. When we have big family meals on holidays, we often have some riddle fun. Everyone, young and old, brings a riddle to the table.

Brain Food: Riddles is a great source for riddles that you may like to use at your dinner table.

(Answer: A rug!)

Winter Books

Winters in New England in the United States can be freezing cold and very snowy. I live in New Hampshire and winter has to be my all time favorite season! One thing I love to do, besides being on the slopes or in the woods, is sit by our woodstove and read. It’s especially fun to read books with a winter theme! Remember The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder? Did you know that it was written about a true winter storm that raced across the United States so quickly that people had no warning that it was coming and that it would be such a huge storm? Here are some winter titles you may enjoy reading even if you don’t get snow where you live!

 Beardance by Will Hobbs (A sequel to Bearstone)

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Winter Room by Gary Paulsen

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George


Happy New Year!

Welcome to The Middle of the Meadow, our new Oak Meadow blog!

My name is Lesley Arnold and I’ve been a teacher with Oak Meadow for about 5 years. lesley arnoldBefore that I was a public school teacher and a Waldorf school teacher. It has been a lifetime of teaching! I love to guide and help students in all their creative passions. I look forward to communicating more with all of you.

I have so much to say I can’t possibly say it all in my first blog entry! I’m happy and excited to know that we can connect this way with each other. We can share ideas, activities, and projects. It’s a great opportunity for all of us to see what others are doing and share ideas and comments. For a long time my Oak Meadow students have wondered if they could have a place to chat and communicate with other Oak Meadow students. Now here it is! You can make comments to the posts and respond to others, too. Is there anything in particular that you are interested in? I’m always looking for ideas for posts so please feel free to make suggestions. LJ98_002_0029_12WC

All of my posts will end with “Let us know:and that will be your opening to make comments that gets us all started!

Here are a few things to remember as we begin:

Good comments:

  • Follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing.
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