There are many reasons I love homeschooling. I love the fact that the kids and I can complete morning chores in a calm manner before starting the school day. I love that I we can have healthy lunches and have meaningful conversations. I love hearing my son pick out tunes on his Grateful Dead Guitar. Mostly I love that I can teach in my pajamas or, if I’m feeling fancy, my yoga pants!
It’s not all a bed of roses, though. Well maybe it is. Roses have thorns, after all, and thorns hurt!
One thing about homeschooling that hurts, is that my older daughter doesn’t love to read. I’m not sure how it’s possible she is my child. I devour books nightly. I would get seriously bent out of shape if someone took away my Nook. My sister doesn’t like to read. Maybe my daughter is lacking the book-loving gene or maybe it mutated into the shopping gene. Genetics are funny.
Even though she doesn’t enjoy reading, I still make her read great literature. I’m mean that way.
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When she was younger, we would read aloud and discuss the book as we progressed. Then we moved to her reading on her own and discussing what she read. Because I feel she needs to have a clearer picture of the novels she reads, I came up with a very simple printable that allows her to fill in the details as she reads and allows her to interpret the literature and examine the characters in depth.
Because I feel we all need to band together and help each other out in the education of our children, I’m sharing these printables with you! You can download the Literary Terms as well as the Fiction Book Summary worksheets.
In an effort to be organized, each child has a binder for all their work. I organize our lesson plans and yearly goals in my Well Planned Day binder. I love binders. It’s not natural. There is a good chance I need professional help.
We slipped the Literary Terms into sheet protectors and put those in her binder behind her reading tab for easy reference. We put the Fiction Book Summary worksheets in a sheet protector as well. When she begins a new book, she make a copy of the Book Summary worksheets and writes directly on the copy. When complete, she punches holes in the worksheets and places them in her binder under the reading tab. Organizing this way works well for us and keeps a running reading list that is easy to access and review.
The Literary Terms sheets define genre, setting, character, conflict, protagonist, antagonist, theme and tone. One page is devoted entirely to character types and development. Another page clarifies types of conflict and another explains plot. All the printables are Microsoft Word documents.
I hope these printable come in handy for your homeschool. I would love to hear what you think of them and what other methods you use to enhance reading skills.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero