When I was growing up, I loved to read.
I have vivd memories of my mom taking me to the library at a young age.
After the library, I would hunker down in my room, fully immersed in the stories of far away lands and fictional characters.
When I was a little older, my sister paid for a book subscription program for me.
I couldn’t wait for my new book deliveries!
Flash forward to my adult years…..
Even before I knew we would homeschool our children, I had dreams of instilling a love of literature in our boys.
I could picture us snuggled under a blanket reading stories.
I would imagine finding them in their rooms fully engrossed in a good book, much like my mom would often find me at that age.
Kindergarten came and went for our oldest child.
Then first grade, and second.
His brothers were not far behind, and I was still waiting for that spark to ignite.
Something else happened instead. Something bittersweet, challenging, and dare I say it, heartbreaking.
Our oldest son had a learning disability. He didn’t enjoy reading because he wasn’t understanding what he was looking at.
It was hard for him. He would cry and get frustrated.
And I would cry and get frustrated……
His brothers had their own struggles with reading. Not as severe as their older brother, but struggles all the same.
Oh, but they loved being read to!
My dreams of snuggling under a blanket and reading stories finally became a reality. They loved read alouds! (and still do!)
But my dreams of them enjoying reading on their own faded.
Then one summer, I was browsing our local teacher supply store and came across Evan Moor’s Literature Pockets, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales.
I thought it looked like fun, so I bought it.
Oh my! What a change I saw in our boys! From day one, they LOVED our literature time together!
They were retaining the story concepts, and answering questions. They were getting it!
Something about working with their hands, making crafts and projects, helped them.
The following year, I got brave and created my own literature activity guide.
I based it on my favorite novel, and added cross-curricular mini studies, vocabulary, comprehension, art, and food.
And you know what? Our boys loved it! And they were retaining the info just as much as before!
The ultimate blessing was that this book was much more difficult, and yet, they were still getting it.
Whats more, they wanted to read THEMSELVES.
Our little literature study was such a hit among my small homeschool mommy group that it soon became a full blown co-op that we still teach today.
Every year since then, we have studied a new novel or two using the same methods as before.
Currently we are studying The Swiss Family Robinson.
Although my sweet son still has his struggles, his reading fluency has grown by leaps and bounds since we began this form of study.
He’s eager to read each day. He’s understanding what he’s reading.
He can share in topic conversations during our co-op.
Simply changing how we approach literature makes all the difference!
It’s so amazing, in fact that I’ve taken a few of our books and converted our studies into downloadable ebooks so that others can share in the journey.
(and I’m currently working on more that I will publish soon!)
I have broken down each chapter with projects, crafts, vocabulary, and even field trips that other families can use as it fits their daily routines.
It’s been wonderful for our family! And I hope to encourage others who are going through a similar situation.
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