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. Please see the disclosure for details. This might be the ultimate “I really don’t want to read that… 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!
I had heard of the movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, and seen the recent version with Steve Martin. We laughed like crazy. I had heard that there was an older movie, but had never seen it. But somehow – no idea how – I had no idea that it was actually a book until my son was assigned to read it for a co op class.
And oh, my word, is it good. It’s so good, in fact, that we ended up putting a halt to some of our lesson plans and designing a unit around this book just for fun. There is so much good stuff to dig into!
As much as I tried, my son never understood the appeal of studying seasonal things…at least not in season. He had no desire to do anything with pumpkins in the fall or flowers in the spring. As a result, I had a heck of a time trying to find fun things for him to work with.
That’s when I got the idea to hide those things in a literature unit. It’s kind of like hiding the veggies in the sauce, but a lot more fun!
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.
Over the past decade or so, Apologia has set itself apart as a publisher of high-quality, easy-to-use science curriculum. Its conversational tone, depth of content, and huge array of activities make it an easy favorite.
Over the past couple of years, though, this company has really ramped up its game in other subject areas. Literature and writing are two of them!