If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages. I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.
Why do I know so much about those eras? Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author. (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.
Seriously. Yes, I have read them all.
I know, sounds impossible, right?
Reading is already So Much Fun, how could we make it funner?!
Well, not everyone agrees with that. In fact, my beautiful husband would disagree entirely. So might some of your littles. So how do we engage them, make them want to follow through on those 24, 240, or 863 pages of Awesome Fiction? Well, I have some ideas.
My boys are now old enough that instead of dreaming about college one day, we’re starting to think about it seriously.
We’ve had a literature-rich curriculum throughout their schooling, and I’ve always been pretty sure they’re prepared to handle any lit courses they have to take at whichever college they choose. But even I can’t think of everything.
As we’ve been reading great works like The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, and Animal Farm this year, we’ve also been considering how to better prepare them for entering college. And I’ve found something brilliant that I just have to share with you.
Plus, I’m giving away FREE 6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS to 3 lucky readers!
This week, the boys and I started The Great Gatsby as our homeschool read-aloud. My love affair with this book is less than a decade old, but every time I read it I am wowed all over again by the way Fitzgerald can put so much description into so few words. The first chapter alone gives profound insight into all of the main characters with barely a nod of acknowledgement to any of them.
How does he do that?!
Doesn’t matter; I’m smitten. And now so are my boys.