While I was quick to throw out many "classroom-y" ideas and practices
in my first few years of homeschooling,
I rediscovered a classroom secret that works like magic at home...
Books. Picture books.
Many homeschoolers take advantage of their local libraries and Amazon, but how do we present those books to our children?
The Seed Was Planted
One of my homeschooling mentors mentioned how important it was to surround our children with picture books. Forget the thought that picture books are for preschoolers. Simply select books that are beautifully written and illustrated and cover topics that your children are learning about in history.
So, I took my 15 library books and out them all over the window sills in my dining room (where we "do school").
- All of the boys were drawn to the books. (All. Even the high schooler!)
- During breakfast, during snack, during break/free time they would wander over and grab a book to browse. There was no agenda; just enjoy the books.
- We explored the books, talked about the pictures, and of course read the stories!
As a classroom teacher, I guess I would have collected a book-set themed for what we are studying in history or science. I would have the books conveniently displayed all over the room and in the reading center.
I suggest to you, that as homeschoolers we need to find ways to display these books to our children as well.
- On the kitchen table
- On the coffee table
- On the window sills
- Along our white boards
- On shelves. Displayed like they would be at a book store. If you have matching toys, stuffed animals or knick-knacks then display them with the books!
- Pull 3-10 books from your shelves or the library.
- Place them in a display-like fashion.
- Set no agenda. In fact, you ignore them.
- Observe your kids.
I bet you will be as amazed as I was to see the difference it makes!
Be sure to comment below and share what works for you!
If you need some book suggestions, just let me know. I would be glad to help.