For us homeschooling mamas, that means a couple of things: 1) We can peacefully go on field trips again and 2) we’re thinking about getting started back to school.
Here at the Brison house, we use a literature-based curriculum every year, and the upcoming year will be no different. I’m just trying to figure out how to fit The Diary of Anne Frank, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, and Number the Stars into one semester of chapter-a-day read-alouds.
But if summer homeschool was any indication, we might be studying World War II for longer than that. Which is okay, because we’re homeschoolers. We can study our subjects for as long as we want to.
In 8 years of homeschooling I’ve managed to add a TON (read: ton) of books to my library. Mostly because I tend to buy books in 3s.
Oh, honey, no. I don’t got to Barnes & Noble and buy 3 copies of the same book. I don’t even hop on Amazon and order 3. I pick them up at secondhand stores, garage sales, and library sales. Because nobody can afford 3 brand new copies of every book they read in a lit-based homeschool for 8 years.
I buy 3 so I can read aloud to them and they can read along if they want to. Or so they can read to me and I can follow along. We don’t always use all 3 books, but I like knowing we have the option.
It looks insane now that I’ve typed it out.
Anyway, there are some tools I’ve learned over the years I can’t live without. If you’re looking to have a literature-based homeschool, you should totally make the most of them.Arm yourself with these tools and you'll have an easy, successful literature-based homeschool year. Click To Tweet
Absolute must-haves for a literature-based curriculum
Duh. You don’t have to buy copies for every family member like I do, but you should definitely have at least a small home library of quality books you can go to for school purposes and your kids can raid for personal reading. Like, that should be a law. Seriously.
Yes, these are still books, but 4 or 5 quality collections of stories are fantabulous supplements to lessons sometimes. I could probably find stories from those books to link to history, science, art, social studies and more. And they’re quicker than novels while still giving your kids all the benefits of a lit-based education.
The next best thing to finding 3 copies of The Great Gatsby for less than a dollar is having access to a good library.
In fact, a library trip should be a weekly part of your homeschool. Your kids should be in on the secret that is the library–that quiet place that takes you anywhere. Takes you everywhere.
Amazing additional tools for a literature-based curriculum
Free. Books. There are more than 57,000 to choose from. You can read them online or download ePUB or mobi files for your eReader.
They have the entire Oz collection, y’all.
How can you not be in love?
Or any Kindle eReader, really. Because Amazon also has free books you can download straight to your reader. I suggest the Fire because it’s also a tablet that can be used for more than reading.
But the reading is the most important thing.
Because it gives you access to the Kindle Unlimited library, where you can get even more books (including Frog’s Princess by Yours Truly) for free.
It also gives you free 2-day shipping, which is great when you realize last minute that you need a new math book or your Russian text didn’t come with the CD.
I mean, yeah, I’m speaking from experience.
It doesn’t hurt that Prime also gives you free access to tons of streamable movies, music, and TV shows, either.
Because sometimes you have a sore throat and you don’t want to read aloud.
And listening to audiobooks in the car is a great way to get a little peace.
Arm yourself with even half of these tools and you’ll have a successful literature-based homeschool year. Pack the full arsenal and it’ll be not only successful, it’ll be easy.
And you can’t get any better than that.
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