Hi. My name is JulieMom and I'm an Avonlea Addict.
Have you seen this series? The girls and I are in the process of watching every episode of the first five years of the series. If there are more seasons than that, we don't know about it. We have watched for at least an hour (ok maybe two, and some half day afternoons) each night on DVDs we have borrowed from a friend.
All I can say is, that I haven't been so engrossed in anything since the Babysitter's Club Series back in the late 80s. And by engrossed, I mean absolutely, shamefully addicted.
It's such a nice, wholesome family series. The girls are completely taken by it, and it has been a great time for us to be together and watch the kids in the series grow up. They deal with a lot of pertinent topics, and always handle them with grace, and proper discipline (when necessary).
I highly recommend renting it somewhere if you can find it, or Amazon it. I personally wouldn't mind the whole set for a Christmas present sometime (hint hint Prince) even though it is rather costly. And one huge negative is that they aren't captioned.
I say it is paved with good intentions, because the other day I told the girls we could watch it while we folded laundry. And we did fold laundry. But when it was done (the laundry that is) we didn't stop watching. It must have been a six hour marathon. The Prince came home, I made a simple supper, and we went back to the sweet land of make-believe. I promised myself I wouldn't watch anymore until housework, and other things of importance (like homeschooling) were done.
HOWEVER- I would just like to make the argument that, although it takes place in Canada, it would fit with early American history too, and the way things were back then.
Which is TOTALLY history AND social studies.
At least I could make it fit. I'm sure of it.
Anyone else have a similar addiction they'd like to share? I'm all ears.