We’ve all heard it…scratch that. Most of us have probably said it at one time or another! (In our pre-homeschooling mom days, of course!) “Why read the book? I’ll just watch the movie.” *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links does not change your price at all, but it does help support this… Read More
For a lot of us, writing instruction is…well, not very fun. It often goes something like this: Turn to the next assignment in the workbook or teacher’s manual and read the basic instructions. Set a blank sheet of paper in front of your child. Watch your child stare blankly at the paper. Give up and go on to another subject…. Read More
Yesterday, I wrote about ways to help students who find it difficult to write. Many of these kids just plain don’t know what to write or how to structure it, so I wrote about ways to help them learn these skills. Some kids have bigger difficulties when it comes to writing, though. Today’s post is for them. *Affiliate links may… Read More
One of the questions I commonly get is, “My child hates writing. What can I do?” A lot of kids are reluctant writers! There are a few different answers to that question, and they depend on the reason your child hates to write. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Please see the disclosure for details. Many kids dislike… Read More
Recently, I asked a question on my Facebook page: “If you could pay someone to teach any subject for you, what would it be?” The most popular answer? Writing. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Please see the disclosure for details. (Not surprisingly, the second most popular answer was math, but that will have to wait for another… Read More
When I taught jr. high and high school literature, The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare was one of my favorite books to cover. I made it into a 6-week unit that included a major writing project. (More on that later this week!) *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these links does not change your… Read More
Ahh, Shakespeare. The Bard himself. The playwright and poet we all know we’re supposed to teach…but how? Perhaps you remember suffering through some plays or sonnets in 10th grade English, frantically trying to figure out what they meant for the test. Or maybe you love Shakespeare yourself, but your kids just aren’t there yet.
This book might be just the ticket!
When you were a child, did you ever decide to try to run away and have an adventure? Did you dream of making it on your own, hitting it big, or living off the land?
Those of us who tried it were generally back by the time we got hungry, but there always remains just that little bit of “what if?” What would that adventure be like? My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) fulfills that urge, and more. This classic story has it all: beautiful writing, a main character you can grow to love, an engaging plot, and tons of learning opportunities!
There are very few subjects I love as much as literature…foreign languages is on that list. Ever since I was tiny, I have been the first one in line when it comes to learning anything about other languages. I love how different ideas fit into the structure of the language, how other cultures express everything from movement to concept. When I found out that I could major in linguistics – in learning and teaching foreign languages – I was ecstatic. In my classes, I learned to go beyond the regular classroom methods, to learn languages that did not yet have a written form and reduce them to writing. I also studied to teach these languages to people who had no concept of formal learning, so many of my methods are a bit untraditional.
To me, it’s just plain fascinating. The thing is, I know I’m probably in the minority.
I’m not going to try to hide it; I love literature. I am a regular at our local library and bookstores, and I’m usually the one leaving with a huge armful of books. And my at-home library? Well, let’s be honest. You can never have too many books…only too few bookshelves.
And I know I’m not alone. Homeschool families tend to have a lot of books! Not just the books that are required in the lesson plan…but books. Tons of them. On every subject, at every level, everywhere.
Many of us have the same goal: to teach our children to love to read and learn.