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holy crap.

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments

So I get these emails from Booklist Online.  They include some timely project work (for example, one of the ones in today’s email talked about having students write poetry to emphasize word choice, which is one of the Six Traits of good writing) and generally some titles that are appropriate for supporting that project.

In addition to the poetry piece, today’s email talked about using biography as a jumping-off point for various disciplines.  The suggestion was to read a picture biography of a person significant in a particular state - Maine, Washington, Florida, or California, for reasons that will become clear in a moment - find out a bit about that state, and repeat with a contiguous state.  (If you don’t start in a corner, you’ll get stuck.  Alaska and Hawaii are obvious deal-breakers.) Sounds simple and fun, and my kids are interested.  So far, so good.  But here’s the deal: It takes a year if you do one state per week.  In a week, you can barely find out ANYTHING.  In ten minutes, we developed an “items of interest” list about Washington that involves whales, Native American cultures, Bill Gates, Jimi Hendrix, and the Mariners.

I need to rein in my enthusiasm here, clearly, because this is going to get totally out of hand. I also need to figure out a way to record what we find out - which is to say a way that doesn’t require my total supervision all the time.  Comic Life, maybe, or some kind of digital scrapbooking thing, or an actual physical book.  But first I need to rein in my enthusiasm. :)

If any of my readers happen to be homeschooling a fourth- or fifth-grade child, I’ve got next year’s curriculum all planned out for ya…

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