You know how I feel about reading. I mean, seriously. You know I want you encouraging your littles to read every day for the rest of their lives.
And not just street signs, either.
So in our homeschool we read, read, read. And read again. Fiction, nonfiction, stuff we’ve written ourselves. If you’ve read my ebook, How to Homeschool Without Buying a Curriculum, then you know that picking our fiction books for the year is my first step in planning.
I started this blog with one thought in mind. I wanted to create novel studies that other people could use to teach their kids and sell them for the low prices we homeschooling parents can afford. But first, I had to write stuff to go on the blog. You know, so you would come here.
I’m grateful every day that the blog became so much more than just an avenue to sell novel studies, though sometimes I do wish the universe would grant me one more day a week so I could get some more studies done. Because busy. Always.
Even so, I have at least gotten 3 of them done and 3 more are in the works.
But you may wonder what on earth you need a novel study for.
Well, I’ll tell you.
Sometimes you assign your little a book that isn’t a read-aloud but you would still like her to have a little guidance. A novel study can help her think more deeply about what she’s reading. It can also count as a kind of quiz to help you keep track of whether or not she’s really reading.
Sometimes you want to lead them. If you’re reading aloud together, you can use the study questions as a quiz or as a group activity to get a discussion started.
A vocabulary list is so. freaking. helpful. when your little comes across a word she doesn’t know. I like to have the boys fill out vocabulary lists before we read, so they can refer to their own handwriting if need be but hopefully so they will remember the definition from the exercise. It happens. More than you might think.
A novel study that includes activities gives your little a fun project to look forward to once she completes the chapter. Win!
A good friend and homeschooling mama of 9 told me recently that she is so grateful to me for putting novel studies together and offering them at such low prices. Here was her reasoning:
Well, that’s the point. As homeschool moms, we need all the shortcuts we can get. I ain’t lyin’, I have totally bought other people’s novel studies when I didn’t have time to work up my own. Maybe not for the same reasons as my friend but definitely because it took away all the work. No matter whose novel studies you use, you gain a certain freedom as a homeschool teacher every time you use one. Plus, you gain another perspective. And that’s what makes the world go round.
.A good novel study can turn reading time into an entire class, sometimes incorporating language, science, art, or a variety of other subjects to deepen your littles’ enjoyment and understanding. My boys will testify that they much prefer to read with a fun novel study than just to read.
And that’s saying a lot, because I am raising bookworms here.
Does that mean they’ll grow up to be bookbutterflies?
I like that idea.
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