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?
Little House on the Prairie and its companion books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are, perhaps, some of the greatest fiction you can ever read in your homeschool. With a firsthand account of U.S. pioneer days and descriptions of so many foods and activities to explore, you could literally plan an entire school year around just these books.
Besides all that, it’s a great story and maybe even greater introductory chapter book that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether you’re reading it aloud or assigning it for personal reading, Little House is easy to read and understand with plenty of adventure to keep your kids engaged. Just a few extra learning tools will have your children learning more about pioneer days than they could anywhere else.
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.