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  1. Dear WTM, I'm writing to you, the WTM users, as I just don't know who to ask locally, a friend, co-op friends etc. and am simply seeking feedback if others have dealt with this, what journey or path you chose, how you explain this to your kids, etc. The topic is the study of imaginary, pretend and otherwise fictional things. I was raised in a legalistic charismatic church. All things termed evil included Halloween, fairies, dragons, and the like, we weren't to really be a part of. As such growing up, I had a narrow view of learning to only be fact based, such as math, reading, grammar and to some degree, science (the evolution part was excluded do to what God's word said) and what the Bible said was what it meant. Further though, I didn't feel the need or desire to explore the fictional kind of content and really was content not knowing as I had a long standing history of having a very tender heart and spirit and anything scary really disturbed me, so its aversion was quite natural to me all the way around as a person. It wasn't until upper middle and high school did I begin to be exposed to old literature of the Greeks, etc and in high school with mid-evil times did I begin to actually read topics of this content in my required studies. I had to study literature in college, but like the schooling before, much of it eluded me. Now as a homeschooling parent, I am seeing more and more the importance of literature and recognize that I'm going to be giving my children a dis-service if I limit their reading to non-fiction and less deep kind of fiction. We have far exited the baby and toddler books and now into early storybooks. But, deep literature feels like Greek to me, so foreign. So incomprehensible. I don't know where to begin. We've done BFIAR in the first few PreK/K years repeating it as they liked the stories and now in 1st grade we are doing FIAR along with All about Me studies, STEM studies and seasons studies, etc (we don't do the same type unit week to week). Even FIAR, I'm not feeling like I'm divulging the most out of these lessons because simply this, literature and conveying its deepest underlying messages can elude me. It's kind of like heres the plane, the inventor, this is what inspiried him to do it, this is the meaning of the story....But after these...what's next?? I've explored using Tapestry of Grace, but it is filled with literature that I just don't know about, or very little basis of understanding. As a parent, I also struggle with my daughter who is expressing a growing liking to when she hears things about Frozen from friends or ads. She enjoys books moreso than my son. I can see that she has some desire to understand writings. My son is starting to see bits of super heros and friends with Captain America, Super Man (the good guys) and I think he too in his own way is trying to comprehend who these characters are. But for me, I struggle. I struggle in my heart. In my spirit - it stirs with an uncomfortable spirit that makes me uneasy and unnaturally defensive. I struggle with some of the Thomas the Train videos because of the whole villian and the good guy scenario seems just too intense and even the Veggie Tales video "The Incredible Vegetables" (super hero based) my husband too thinks its a bit much for our 5 and 7 year olds. I hate Disney. Hate is a strong word and don't use that word often. I think it's over tones and the enterprise it has become is directing our society more than people want to give credit for. (IE: when national news anchors look like they came off a Disney on Ice set or could be at Disney World hugging kids, I really have a hard time taking them seriously.) I did see quite a number of Disney movies growing up because they were deemed a safe cartoon company, but over the years, their subject matter has gotten progressively progressive and I find it disturbing. I struggle because as a woman, I don't get into greek, mid-evil, 'good goth' etc and have no clue how to teach it, but even more, I don't want to teach it. It's a different uncomfortable than the uncomfortable feelings I will have when I have to teach sex-ed or gross biology or something. It's uncomfortable because it's not who I am as a person. But yet as a teacher and parent in a society of history lovers and the growing demand of good guy / bad guy media, comics, stories, etc I know I'm having growing pains of my own to know how to digest it all and be able to process it --- like a momma bird gets the berries and pre-digests it for her young. For me, I'd just as soon as not even eat the berries and chose the worms instead. So, you may can see why I feel like I am a mess when it comes to parenting and educating in this specific arena. I am literally struggling in my spirit, both as a parent and a homeschooling teacher, on how to approach teaching this content, beginning to explore super hero's, good guys, bad guys, etc. and help my kids have a healthy Christian based balance in this approach to studying literature, movies, comics, etc and understand why it is okay to study it even though 'it's not of God.' I welcome your candid honest feedback. Sincerely, Sherra
  2. I posted this list on AVA's thread about non-fic titles for the modern era but I thought I would post it separately as well. I generally prefer modern authors for history as I get tired of having to worry about racism and sexism in older books, besides the fact that there are many wonderful non-fic books these days that are wonderfully engaging with lovely pictures. Here is my list so far. I had lists of books they authored as well but alas I closed my window. I'll try to add more later, let me know your favorites that I have left off. Mostly I've included books for the 10+ crowd but I also have authors of wonderful non-fic picture books. I'm looking for any author of wonderful non-fic books for the k-8 crowd. Kathleen Krull- mostly picturebooks, many biographies and several in the Giants of Science series. Jean Fritz- picture book- high school level Albert Marrin- Mostly 12+ Steve Sheinkin- 10+ Russell Freedman- 10+ Numerous award winning history books Sue Macy- picture books- YA- She seems to specialize in women's biographies Susan Campbell Bartoletti- 8+ Jim Murphy-8+ Marc Aronson- 12+ Sugar Changed the World (slavery), Trapped (Chilean miners), etc Karen Blumenthal- 10+, Six Days in October (stock market crash), Bootleg (prohibition), Let Me Play (title IX), Steve Jobs, Sam Walton Joseph Bruchac- k+, Several books related to Native Americans, non-fic picture books- ex- A Boy Named Slow(Sitting Bull) and books about traditional NA tales (The First Strawberries) as well as books for older kids, like Code Talker Guy Delisle- Graphic Novels - Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem, Shenzen: A Travelogue from China Candace Fleming- Amelia Lost, The Lincolns, Our Elanor, Ben Franklin's Almanac, The Great and Only Barnum, etc Nathan Hale 8+ Graphic Novels- Big Bad Iron Clad (civil war), Donner Dinner Party (westward expansion), Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood (WWI) etc Wilborn Hampton- Kennedy Assassinated, September 11, War in the Middle East Doreen Rappaport - Beyond Courage( Jewish resistance to Holocaust), Several books about slavery, many wonderful biographical award winning picture books- MLK, Helen Keller, Teddy Roosevelt, Eleanor, JFK, Dirt on their Skirts (women baseball players during war)
  3. I've found over the years that I'm happier with my reading if I spilt it between fiction and non-fiction. I recently binged on rereading the whole Game of Thrones series so now I'm rebounding with some non-fiction. I'm reading The Knowing-Doing Gap and Why Does E=mc2? and Why It Matters along with a couple of books for work. Anybody else reading something non-fiction for fun?
  4. I'd like to pick a handful of titles to have ds read in high school. My goal is to have him pick one book a year, and have it large enough to pick at and absorb throughout the year. There would be no written assignments, just discussion. I'm leaning more towards history/science/human geography type titles, but need some more ideas. Currently I have: The Creators, The Discoverers, & The Seekers by Boorstin Churchill's History of the English Speaking People Volumes I - IV Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence I hope to read Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything this year, otherwise it would be on the list. What other titles would make good options?
  5. My partner and the two kids who usually go to work with him (requiring a two hour drive each way) have listened to A Short History of Nearly Everything and Freakonomics on CD in the car. They like exciting, unusual facts, I guess. I've got Malcolm Gladwell on hold for them now. Can you recommend anything else that might be in the "exciting nonfiction" genre?
  6. for your high schoolers to read, what would they be? I am not even sure what books I would put on the list. I want ds16 to read some books about a variety of issues that will make him start thinking about his role in the world. Maybe books about the impact of technology, poverty, economics, his generation, psychology, global society, world religions, anything really, even books about being the best he can be.
  7. Looking for intriguing non-fiction to add variety to my teen's reading .... So what are some engrossing, intriguing, fascinating, mind-expanding books that you've read recently? I'm thinking of reads for the layman as opposed to books for someone who's already well-read in a given area. Suggestions are welcome from any area -- psychology, math, linguistics. The sky's the limit. A couple of titles that I can think of along these lines would be Bill Bryson's biography Shakespeare: The World as Stage. See: http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-World-Stage-Eminent-Lives/dp/0060740221 and Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman. See: http://www.amazon.com/Quirkology-Discover-Truths-Small-Things/dp/0465090796 Thanks! Regards, Kareni
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