However. I can see the needs of our family changing. Next year, I think we're heading in a different direction, for a multitude of reasons. I believe I'll be using a history spine, but still relying on a living book approach. For science, I'm looking for a balance of living books and quality demonstrations and experiments. I have our math figured out of course, and I'm fairly certain I know what we're using for language arts. That leaves me with literature.
Every literature program I've ever seen wants to break down a book piece by piece, looking for every analogy, dissecting the character's every move, comparing, contrasting, and stripping the book down until there's nothing left for the reader to enjoy. My boys love science, and they're good at math. When it comes to reading a book . . . they don't want study guides or to dwell on it forever analyzing and scrutinizing every word. I'm seeing how that can suck the joy out of it for them. They want to read, talk about their favorite parts, and move on. Charlotte Mason. I'm not sure how we really ventured away from this.
I think literary analysis has it's place, but sometimes we just want to read a book with no ulterior motive. So we're moving that direction. I want to keep it more Charlotte Mason in nature, more pure and natural.
I've decided that we're just going to keep it simple.
We might do the occasional "book report" or oral presentation, but it will not take precedence over reading for pleasure.
I was going to craft a list myself, but instead of doing the research and planning, I'm just going to keep it simple. I chose two lists that, for the most part, should have good selections, at least the earlier choices. I still plan to preview and choose at my discretion.
Caldecott Medal and Honor Books - These are given to the most distinguished American picture book. This list will be perfect for my Preschooler and my 2nd grader, although I anticipate that some of the books should appeal to my 4th grader, just because of the subject matter and the more mature appearance of the books.
I just like taking a list and marking through it, so I figured I'd start with the PDFs of their winners and see how long it takes us to get through them!
What do you use for your reading and literature curriculum?
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