The weeks are slowly progressing. I can see the framework of my classical homeschool coming together. We’re shifting subjects, moving times, and the day is much longer than when the kids were simply doing free reading and math.
Now it’s time to add literature.
What’s the difference between literature and free reading?
Literature is assigned. It’s the historical fiction books you hand your child to supplement the history period you’re studying. It’s reading the great books.
It also can be reading great literature aloud to our children. Introducing preschoolers to Winnie the Pooh. Reading The Lord of the Rings series with our elementary kids. Enjoying the Iliad and Odyssey with our middle and high school students.
A few points to consider as you add literature:
Do you want to keep a reading log of all the books read by your children?
Reading logs can be handy when you start applying to colleges. A few colleges request a reading list of the books your child studied included with their application. If you have a reading log, it’s easy to copy and send. Trying to recreate the reading list your senior read as a ninth grader can be a nightmare.
What about notebooking the books?
Have the children create a quick notebook page about the book. Who is the author? Who are the main characters and what is the problem they face? How is it resolved? Did they enjoy the book? Your kids can even draw a picture to go along with the notebook pages.
Will read some or all the books to and discuss the books with your children?
While I often have the kids write briefly about the books they’ve read, I’m love sitting down and discussing the books with them. We can move into much more depth about the plot, characters, and background of the story during a discussion than my kids can writing about the book.
Will each child be reading their own book, or will the family read books together?
Even if there is an age gap among your kids, often you can find suitable children’s versions of the classics. There’s no reason everyone in the family can’t be reading the same book, just at a suitable level for each member. Just think of the family discussions you can hold around the dinner table!
Adding literature to the homeschool day can be more time consuming than simple free reading. You have many, many options about how you’d like to cover literature in your homeschool, from notebooking to family discussions around the table.
How are you going to add literature to your homeschool?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks
- Filled Out Language Arts
- Added Science
- Started History