Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Recipe for Success: Home Education Week, Day 4
Already on day 4 of Home Education Week at Principled Discovery:
It is also National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! So share a recipe…figuratively, as in two parts love, one part creativity, or literally, as in a super quick, nutritious meal your kids scarf up. Think about what you do in the day, what helps keep it organized and you sane (or how you got past that need for organization and saneness!), and curriculum materials you find effective.
This started out to be hard. What do we do that keeps us going? What is effective around here? What do we do all day? And then it came to me. Of course.
Books. Lots of books. History books, science books, silly books, serious books, grownup books, picture books, beautiful books. If I could give my children all they needed by just reading great books to them, and encouraging them to read great books on their own, I would. I almost can.
Someone once expressed surprise (maybe I should say shock) because my kids want me to read to them still. They are 9 and almost-11, and they are reading on their own; pretty well, too. But I can't imagine not reading to my kids. Sure, they can read. But there are some books that are better read together the first time. I had never read The Chronicles of Narnia. Why would I hand those off to my kids to read on their own the first time? Last year we read Oliver Twist. That, they probably couldn't read on their own, but they loved listening to it. And then of course there was our marathon: the entire "Swallows and Amazons" series, 12 books, our "pleasure books" for months. We still talk about those books, two years later.
I am looking forward to the day they both feel comfortable reading aloud to me, so we can all take turns with the books. Won't that be a great time?
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