After more than a decade of homeschooling, one of most prized treasures we’ve found as a family is the wonderful world of literature, children’s literature in particular. Oh my, if only I can take a year long break and hide in an island, and devour all these amazing classics and new titles coming fresh from the publishing house!
Though I was a bookworm prior to homeschooling, I was a “textbookworm”. I had no choice I guess. I was a nerd who eventually completed a medical degree. In the earlier years when our homes always had a designated library (Oh, God bless my Mom for sourcing those books, books and more books from garage sales), I gravitated to Science books. It was there that my love for the Human Body/ Medicine was born. In the early 80s, I remember that 4-5 volume series where several pages were dedicated to an illness (definition, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and therapy).
I am so thankful that homeschooling opened the doors again for reading and this time, we are discovering so many well written and truly nurturing stories (both nonfiction and fiction) . With 4 homeschooled children at one point, I was happily forced to read all their assigned or chosen “books” per quarter so I could properly help them understand and process the material.
Sad to say, I don’t have very fond memories of “book reports.” For one reason or another, back in high school, it really felt more like a required chore. I remember getting tips like buying the “abridged” versions of the assigned material just to “get it done and over with.” I do, however, remember enjoying Little Prince, The Pearl and The Catcher in the Rye but how I wish I read more during free time and summer!
But all is not lost! Thank God for the wonders of our “brains”! We can still catch up whatever we may have failed to “enjoy” mentally earlier. Maybe that’s why I may be “virtually living my reading childhood” with my homeschooled students and have found ways for them to truly devour and enjoy their books!
In my process of learning how to inspire reading, I’ve found a vast amount of resources and ideas! And I would like to share with you some of my children’s books reports (level 1-4)
The category where this post belongs to is Books & Beyond because the experience becomes truly endless when you have read a truly good book. Creative book reports help young children as they to learn from and live through a well written story. Let me leave with one of Raya’s Art work about reading. Happy book reporting!