Finally, Finally, FINALLY, the Lit Mama Homeschool is hitting its stride and finding its rhythm. This year has been an eye-opener for me–a pleasure while also (at one time) bordering on a travesty. I had a plan. It was So Not Working. I ditched the plan. I came up with some other stuff. Somehow, it started working alongside the original plan. Now we are having fun, pursuing many interests, and I feel like I can relax a little. If you know me, you know that means I’m still sleeping with one eye open and eating in front of the computer while I figure out our Next Big Thing.
But at least I can eat now.
One of the things I really did throw out
(wait for it…)
was my original ideas about literature materials for this year. I was going to have us read books related to our Asian, African, and Australian unit studies for the year. Instead, as autumn approached, I got in the mood for some Bradbury. If you’ve never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, holy cow, read it now in time for Halloween. This book is spooky and intriguing from the word go (or in this case, the word First). It’s also told mostly from the POV of two boys who are on the verge of turning 14, so it’s a great read for young boys who like a little mystery in their October. Or girls. Or heck, anybody. And Bradbury… Listen, this guy knew how to form a sentence. Sentence after sentence that sticks to your soul like honey, sweetening the way you look at the world forever. Like this description of the two boys taking off running:
The wind flew Jim away.
A similar kite, Will swooped to follow.
The Littles love this book. We have read it before. We have no problem reading it again. You always get something new the second time around. The Littles completely humbled me by picking Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for their next book. You know the Lit Mama is all about the classics, and you know I believe no one is ever too young to be introduced to them. Since my boys have read the unabridged Robinson Crusoe, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and several other classics, I feel they are more than ready for some spooky Stevenson. I’m pretty excited about reading it with them.
I could read Bradbury all year long, so I’m thinking it’s time for Fahrenheit 451 after our little dive into Multiple Personality World.
And you know what? I’m not locking us down on anything. Sure, I’ll be writing study guides all year, but I Love writing study guides. Besides, where would I be if I couldn’t complain to all my lovely readers about how busy I am? (I know, being busy in some other way so I could complain about it. haha)
And since I’ve talked about reading so much in this post, here’s a new free download–October Bookmarks straight from the book-lovin’ Lit Mama to you.