Take a good story,
fill it with fascinating characters,
surround these in historical and geographic details,
place it in detailed natural surroundings
add the hero’s moral crisis and growth,
submerge this in rich vocabulary,
and you have
Over the 14 years or so of homeschooling I have discovered the easiest, richest education is through living books.
With living books as our core, we read and enjoy the content and characters, and branch off on any and many interesting studies as we go along.
“Just give me the books. We can read them, narrate them, notebook them, and choose our own topics for in-depth tangents.”
I am happily re-using my South African History curriculum “Footprints On Our Land” with my youngest. Although she floated along on our first Footprints journey, she was only a young 5-year-old then, and missed much of the detail and content.
We snuggle together and read, atlas at hand, and talk and narrate about the culture, lifestyle, history, geography and natural science that we discover through the story.
Now and then we branch off to study something in-depth (like we did recently with the moon cycle) or sit at the table to write narrations on notebook pages or in lapbooks.
My daughter loves the read alouds. It is her favorite part of her school day. And, remarkably, she learns so much this way. It may seem informal, but it is foundational.
You do not need a fancy curriculum, detailed schedules, flashcards, posters and all the bells and whistles! You can select several age-appropriate literature books for your children and base your studies around these.
For moms with very young children, you could simply use a richly illustrated children’s treasury of classic stories and read … read … read aloud every day.
Living books will ignite the flame of interest and a love to learn in your children’s hearts and minds.
Please feel free to share your living books learning experiences in the comments.