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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesdays are for Literature

Ahh.  Today is Tuesday.  Hooray for Literature day!  As I've mentioned before we have our readings grouped by subject and then assigned to a day of the week.

Tuesdays we muse literature and poetry and plutarch.  

Almost always our favorite picks are the AO literature selections.  Such books as Robinson Crusoe, Oliver Twist, Kidnapped, Children of the New Forest, Understood Betsy, Wind in the Willows, Pilgrim's Progress, Parables from Nature, Robin Hood... oh, I forget myself, I could go on... and on.

Now we are reading Kim.  Thank goodness.  I've been wanting to read it ever since I picked up the practically new hardback book from a garage sale for 50 cents.  The lady at the garage sale looked glad that someone was so excited about it.  She said, "Oh good, you're buying Kim!", those are the words she said, but the way she smiled when she said it revealed, "That story is a friend of mine, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."  So, I liked the book before I started reading it. Just look at the cover and art...

 

I think I've discoverd something important; when we read to our kids or present them with books, they'll give them a fighting chance if we are intrigued if not excited by them.  So my boys have an open mind towards Kim (I think), because I have been looking forward to reading it and have enjoyed wading into it with them.  Granted, it is a difficult book for this year.  It has so much religious and specific-to-India jargon that it IS rather boorish to read aloud.  For instance, how DOES one pronounce the following words and still maintain the flow of the story:
  • Gunga
  • Benares
  • Loodhiana Sikhs
  • naik (Mohammedan priest?!)
  • Sobraon
  • Chillianwallah
  • Moodkee
  • Ferozeshan
Okay, so you're saying to yourself those don't look that bad... it's one thing to see them in isolation quite another to come upon them suddenly in the midst of an interesting yet trying narrative!  Let me tell you!  :)

Anyway.  I'm going to try to round up some resources/links together for this book.  It's good, but it could be SO much better with some background knowledge.

Other things we read today:

Year 5 -
Age of Fable
Shakespeare (we are starting the Tempest this term)
Poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier
Plutarch's Romulus

Year 1 - 
Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Aesop's Fables
A Child's Garden of Verses

6 comments:

April Mitchell said...

Oh! I like how you group your schedule by subject and day of the week. I'll keep that option in mind when working out schedule out.

I am awful with name and place pronunciations, in my personal reading I just skip them or make up common names for them. It does not change the plot of distinction of each character for me . But it makes it so that when I talk to others about the characters in the books, I come off sounding a bit stupid...because I don't even know their names...hee hee.

I look forward to your translations of these word pronunciations...because I am sure to need them down the line.

Phyllis said...

What do you do on the other days? I tried to look it up, but couldn't find it. What is your schedule like?
-Phyllis

Amy in Peru said...

Phyllis,

Here's the post:
Homeschool Planning, Part Two

Here's the school schedule: An Example Week

Having to go and look for this made me realize I never finished my planning series! oh my. ;)

amy

wonderinthewoods said...

We love Just So Stories so I'll have to see if I can find Kim. It's a bit of a tongue twister and I think some of the stories like The Crab That Played with the Sea rambled on too much, but my 6 yo loves the stories! Especially The Elephant's Child. All that spanking for 'satiable curiosity has him intrigued. lol

Richele said...

We use Ambleside for our literature selections but have scaled it back quite bit.

Howard Pyle's 'Robin Hood' is trying for me so I read with all the gusto I can possibly muster. You can probably guess how I pronounced "gaol" - (means jail) turns out it is pronounced just like our "jail." Ahem.

Looks like I have some back reading to do on your site and I can't wait to read your planning post(s). I have to wait to use my husbands computer though as mine is limping sadly.

Sarah said...

Hi Amy, I've just been browsing around your blog reading how you schedule everything! Grouping subjects is a great idea! I might look into doing that for next year! Do you still do maths, penmanship and english everyday? How many of the books do your children read? Do they have separate readers? I hope you don't mind me asking you questions..:-)! Thanks for your time, I can't wait to hear from you! I actually feel excited again, I have been feeling disheartened and feeling overloaded with AO and how I only have 1 in AO3 and 1 in AO1! xxx

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