Having a literature-based homeschool is the most important thing in my life. There’s a reason college is lit-heavy. Literature expands your thinking and introduces you to subjects and events you might otherwise never experience. It helps you think about life in new ways and moves you outside the zone of your daily life. Kinda why they call it ‘expanding your horizons.’ Your brain really does expand.
If you bring up your kids to think in a variety of ways from the get-go (and therefore come from a place of natural expansion), they’re going to be those outside-the-box grownups that today’s career world loves.
And that’s what we all want for our kids. To be creative thinkers and doers. Believe it or not, a literature-heavy homeschool can truly help with that.
The days are getting shorter, duckies, and the air is starting to smell of apples, pears, and the end of summer.
For us homeschooling mamas, that means a couple of things: 1) We can peacefully go on field trips again and 2) we’re thinking about getting started back to school.
Here at the Brison house, we use a literature-based curriculum every year, and the upcoming year will be no different. I’m just trying to figure out how to fit The Diary of Anne Frank, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, and Number the Stars into one semester of chapter-a-day read-alouds.
But if summer homeschool was any indication, we might be studying World War II for longer than that. Which is okay, because we’re homeschoolers. We can study our subjects for as long as we want to.
Man, sometimes being a homeschool mama can be hard, can’t it?
We don’t always have the knowledge to teach our kids all the things. Lucky for us, there is always someone out there willing to help and guide us so that we can give our kids the stellar education they deserve.
Getting your kids outside this summer can be as easy as choosing the right book to read with them.
The Trumpet of the Swan is one of E.B. White’s best stories. It also happens to be my middle boy’s favorite children’s book. Seriously, you can’t mention this book without him lighting up.
You can make it a favorite of your kids, too. Read it aloud with them this summer (because reading aloud rocks) and incorporate a pond study into it.