I’ve been disconnected lately.
Brain fried. Too busy for… well, pretty much anything. Burnout was hitting me. Hard. And I wasn’t engaging with my kids’ school work. A lot of their work has been on the computer, and I’ve just been letting it… happen.
Then I saw this pin on Pinterest, and it got me thinking. Literature was one of my favorite things to study with my girls when they were homeschooling. We read and did units with Little House on the Prairie, Freckle Juice and The Indian in the Cupboard. J and I even spent an entire school year using The History of the Horse study guide from Beautiful Feet Book, and read ALL of my favorite horse stories from when I was girl.
I loved doing those lit studies.
I haven’t done a single literature study with my boys. We have used curriculum that incorporated literature, but we never read a book for the sake of studying our way through it– it was always a piece of something bigger that we “had to read that book” for. Not fun. But a good book is always fun to study out!
Enter the Pin.
I read this book when I was in school.
I remember reading the Illustrated Classics version in about 3rd grade, which of course is severely abridged, but I also read the unabridged edition several years later. I loved it.
I enjoy adventures. Movies or books, it does not matter which. Adventures are always fun for me. My boys tend to lean that way too, and for them to enjoy a BOOK it has to have something to keep them interested. Even then, it’s a job.
My homeschoolers are anti-readers. So shun me.
I thought, why not? We haven’t tried a unit study based on a book before, and we need something different. I decided to take it one step further and read a couple Jules Verne books this year. And after that, maybe a couple H.G. Wells’ as well.
So here’s to a new beginning. Here’s to engaging with my kids. Talking, you know, not to the backs of their heads as they work on the computer. Or watch YouTube videos. Ahem.
I started out by giving them a simple (so they thought) assignment:
Using Google, find some websites where you can get author’s biography information. Preferably a site that has a depository or listing of many author’s biographies.
This took them about half an hour, and they came up with 2: Biography.com and Wikipedia.org. I then had them search for Jules Verne’s bio information on both sites. It was a GREAT way to begin! Later this week I will share what we found.