The definition of a wordsmith is a skilled user of words. One of the reasons Charles Dickens is my Dead-Author Boyfriend is that he was, indeed, a skilled user of words. Luxurious, meaningful, true words. The kind that rarely get used in today’s mass market writing world. The kind that a lot of kids today have replaced with acronyms and misspellings.
But you want your kids to be wordsmiths, don’t you? Or to at least grasp the concepts that go along with it?
My boys and I have always been fascinated by maps. In fact, their bedroom is wallpapered with maps of the world and of the U.S.
One of their favorite classes ever was when we learned to read maps–you know, all that latitude, longitude, compass rose, and scale stuff.
(No. I’m not making that up. They homeschool, y’all, so of course they’re weird.)
(Just kidding. They’d be weird even if they didn’t homeschool. It’s genetic.)
Anyway, maybe your kids aren’t as excited about maps as mine are. Maybe geography makes them groan. How can you make it more fun?
Um, books, silly. Always books. Is there any other answer?
Sometimes it seems impossible to achieve all the many things we want to accomplish in our children’s educations. It’s a daunting process–ensuring you are teaching them the best way, the best topics, the best preparation for the real world.
You know me. I totally believe you can’t go wrong by making literature an important part of your homeschool.
Books. They hold a special place in our hearts. As young children, we discover the world between their pages–animals we have never seen in real life, other kids and families that we haven’t experienced, and possibilities like school, parties, and holiday celebrations.
As we grow, books take on new meaning. Characters we can relate to, places we’ve never been, experiences we might never have.
Books inspire us and make us think, they help us escape and remind us of home.
Reading for pleasure does all of those things. It can be easy to forget that reading also has a place in education, but I can’t stress the importance of literature in your homeschool enough.