The Early Morning Book Club

book_with_heart3I came across an interesting article about a father named Jeff Gunhus who was concerned that his two boys didn’t like to read. So he created what he called the Early Morning Book Club.

My boys were the same way. Even though they knew how to read, there were always much more interesting things they’d rather be doing, like building forts or playing knights and castles. And the typical school-like beginning “readers” just weren’t exciting enough to capture their interest. So we wound up scouring the library for books that boys would love and would pique their interest in reading. Now all three are avid readers. [Read more…]

Top 10 Books on High School Reading Lists

The summer is almost over, but there is still time to get in some valuable summertime reading.

Several years ago, the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature conducted a study about the most commonly read books in ninth through twelfth grade in public schools, Catholic schools, and in non-parochial independent schools. Surprisingly, the lists for all types of schools were remarkably similar. Many private schools have required summer reading lists, but if you are still looking for some good titles, you may want to start with the ten most commonly read books in private high schools. These titles include a great deal of Shakespeare and time-honored classics such as Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. The ten most commonly assigned books in independent schools are as follows: [Read more…]

St. Patrick Homeschool Unit Study

St. Patrick homeschool unit studyI’ve been absent from this blog for a while. My eldest son married in January, and from Christmas on has been a blur of activity. But I’m back on track again with the blog and, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d share an interesting unit study I found at Knowledge Quest. [Read more…]