“Mom, you know how Harriet Tubman was called 'Moses' because she led people out of slavery?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Well, I was thinking about it, and the way she followed the North Star at night and the moss on the north sides of the trees by day is kind of like how Moses and the Israelites followed the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day.”
|Audra Wilbur, literary analyst|
Are they geniuses? Their mother thinks that may be the case. But they are also learning how to analyze the books that cross their paths. They read plenty on their own, but reading aloud to them selections that are intended for older children is a vital component of our homeschooling. Hearing the challenging vocabulary words and complex sentence structure helps them begin to employ those very things in their language, just as babies learn language best when we speak to them in something more advanced than “goo-goo ga-ga”. By reading aloud to them accompanied by thoughtful follow-up conversation, not lecture, my kids have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from books that might be a struggle to read on their own. Hearing the books aids in their language capability; discussing them together encourages and provokes their thinking capability.
|The boys listening to the story from their perch;|
education trumps laundry every time