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.
Government can be tricky to teach. It fascinates me and my boys, but I’ve known plenty of people of all ages who find learning about how it works to be boring.
It’s not boring. It’s awesome.
If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to teach government to your littles, look no further than the closest good Dystopian novel.
The Giver is the perfect book with which to introduce your kids to Dystopia and begin to have conversations about what can happen when government gets too involved in daily life.
Jonas’s world seems perfect–perfectly matched couple raise 2 perfect kids who grow up to work at perfect job assignments. The elderly live in group homes until the day of their ‘release.’ Babies are released if they aren’t developing correctly. There is no pain. Adolescent sexual impulses are quashed by drugs.
So there’s basically nothing to worry about. But when Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver, he has to learn about society’s collective memories, including the flawed world that existed before. As he learns more about the hypocrisy on which his society is based, he will have to choose whether to accept the status quo or fight the system.
My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding. I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.
Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker. In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects. And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick. I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.