Family Frolics

Family Frolics


Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey:

What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a father—a famous efficiency expert—who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline? You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen.


The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall:

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.


Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a family with eleven siblings or only sisters? Glimpse into these very different worlds with Cheaper by the Dozen and The Penderwicks. Join the frolics of these stalwart families as they work together through thick and thin. 


Learning objectives

  • Use direct quotes from texts to explain and provide ideas about the reading

  • Use details from the text to summarize it, identify the main idea or theme, compare characters and events, or compare different texts of the same genre

  • Evaluate impact and influence of historical context

  • Identify the author.narrator’s point of view and explain how this affects the content of a text

  • Use the context of a text to determine the meaning of unknown words




  • Minimum recommended age: 9 
  • Instructor: Ms Miriam Joy Bonney
  • Thursdays, 12:45-1:45 PM ET
  • 4 classes
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24