My teenager has never liked to draw, paint, or sculpt. So we’ve never pushed the hands-on side of art. Instead, we have made artist study and art history a focus instead. That is what this post is about…a simple list of five books that will gently teach your teenager about the great artists throughout history and the different periods of artistic enlightenment.
Sparking a love of learning can be difficult. Not all of us love math. Many people loath science. Others don’t see the relevance of learning about history. As parents and teachers, how can we help kids cultivate a love of learning? Sometimes all it takes is the right book, movie, or TV show. That little spark of interest can develop into a full-blown obsession and before you know it, you are considered a member of a “fandom”. The love of a fandom usually lasts a lifetime and this love can open up an immense world of learning opportunities.
Here are five historical events that took place during the month of May, the science of each event, and 5-7 ways that homeschoolers can incorporate learning about each of these events into their lessons.Integrating Science and History
Here is a list of some of our favorite recent reads. A few from me, although I am still on an Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers mystery novel kick so I didn’t list those. A few more from my teenage son, and a few from our homeschool reading list.
Here are five historical events that took place during the month of April, the science of each event, and 5-7 ways that homeschoolers can incorporate learning about each of these events into their lessons.
I am a firm believer that everyone, no matter the age, should be exposed to classic literature. We started off with an abridged series of books for young kids. Short, abridged versions provide a gentle start to classic literature. Through reading them, my son learned the general story, so reading the originals became easier when he was ready. The classics will make your teenager love reading even more. Classic books are named that for a reason. They are superb works of literature that pull the reader in and leave them feeling full of life and emotion at the end.
You do want your kids armed with the greatest weapon in the world, right? KNOWLEDGE. Knowledge comes from reading. The love of reading is often sparked by an obsession with a hobby or fandom. So a love of something like Doctor Who can be a gateway to a love of reading.
I collect books. A habit that my son has happily inherited. While, he does enjoy fictional novels, he has always preferred reading non-fiction, which I guess he inherited from both of us. This has made it easier to find quality books for him to read. Many of these Star Wars books are great for the engineering mind! Encyclopedia-like books related to science and his love of sci-fi are his favorites. (My husband’s too!)
Christmas is less than 7 weeks away and I know I am not the only one who has already been shopping for months. Shopping for the absolute perfect gifts for everyone in your family can take some time, research, Googling, store hopping, and probably sneakiness. So, if you have a loved one who is obsessed with books and can stay up reading way past bedtime, hopefully this list will remove some of the stress of Christmas shopping. I can’t help you with the sneakiness, however. You’re on your own.
Did you all realize that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek? The first episode of the original series with Kirk and Spock aired on September 8, 1966. I am planning a big celebration week for my family, complete with lots of Star Trek food, top 10 favorite …