That means time to dig deep into my resource bookmarks and find more great Hardwired Homeschool Hints to add to my Friday blog posts!
Today’s subject: Literature Helps
Whether you’re kids are fans of Dr. Seuss or Dostoevski, you want to be able to help them get the most they possibly can out of what they read. About four years ago, we dedicated an entire year of homeschool to Classic Literature, and it was a blast.
So here are some of my favorite techie tools for studying literature:
Children’s Literature Database: This has always been my go-to guide for finding quality books on specific subjects, for specific grade-levels, by specific historical setting, or even which won specific awards. A must-have bookmark!
Teach With Movies: If you have visual learners at your house, who happen to remember what they “see” even better than what they “read”, then you might appreciate the website Teach With Movies. Each movie listed has accompanying lesson plans and learning guides. Here is the link to their Literature page. (TWM requires a small annual subscription)
Lit2Go: If you love classic literature, but don’t always have time for it, you might appreciate the free mp3 downloads at this site that you can listen to on iTunes, in the car, or on your MP3 player.
Literary Elements Mapping: Cool graphic organizer tool for helping students map out the elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution in whatever book they are studying.
WannaLearn Classic Literature List: We used this list extensively when we were focusing on the classics. Direct purchasing links for each of the books, as well.
Vocabulary.co.il: I often recommend the games at this site, and I can highly recommend using the topic “Literary Terms” for your next session of game play
Banned Books Online: I always thought it would be so much fun to do a unit study or exploration of solely “banned books.” If you ever have that strange inclination for yourself, here is a great link.
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