We just finished reading the Declaration of Independence as a family. And, as you can see from the photo above, our four year old was riveted by it, absolutely riveted. Too bad you can't hear the soft snores (and our giggles) through the photo. But, I thought I'd share this memory with you anyway. Dwayne and I are so well meaning. But, even in this case, homeschooling proves to be, at least, equally as effective (or ineffective) as any other method of educating young people about our nation's founding and Norah, as if on cue, falls asleep during her history lesson. Oh well, better luck next year.
"...the child should have a set time everyday to read for fun. Begin with half an hour for first graders, and build up to an hour of reading time daily... This is an important part of the child's education: it improves his reading skills, teaches him the habit of sitting still with a book, and reminds him that reading is fun... free reading ought to be spent on literature at or slightly below the child's present reading level so that he can simply enjoy himself. The easier reading will help him increase his speed." The Well Trained Mind: The Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer