The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Possum is 4 years 3 months

Chicken is 2 years 1 month


The next book we covered in our Home School was, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

I have to admit that I was a bit stumped about how to handle the moral issues of this book – so many resources that I have seen talk about mean and cranky Mr McGregor and totally ignore that Peter was disobedient, disrespectful of his belongings and a thief. So, on reflection, I decided to discuss it the best way I know how with my kids. Honestly.

We used a few conversation starters like:
Oh no! Poor Mr McGregor! Peter took his vegetables! How do you think Mr McGregor would feel?
I wonder why Peter would do something that his Mummy told him not to do?
Do you ever feel so curious about something that you forget it is wrong?
What happened when Peter did something his Mummy told him not to? Do you think he liked that?/Was it fun? Do you think Mummy sometimes might have a good reason for telling him things? I think Mummy is trying to help him know how to have safe fun.

The kids responded quite well to this. Amazing how honesty works, isn’t it?

Once more we read the book in the backyard, enjoying the sunshine. We cuddled toy rabbits and discussed what they remembered about their cousin’s pet rabbit. And, once more, there were carrots to eat. Apparently it isn’t Home School without carrots!

We finished off our lesson with a picnic of cucumber sandwiches.

I had planned to make bread and butter pudding one night for dinner using blackberry jam (like good little bunnies get!) but time got away that week. We might yet do it…


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