Hi girls! You've held my hand through the decision-making process (and put me right in check - thank you!!) for my children, namely my oldest. So here is where my nervousness comes in:
We have been taking a break, thanks to obsene morning, er, all day and night sickness with this pregnancy, and then I was struck with this mystery funk in my leg, which left me really unable to walk or do anything for about a month. So this has been a longer break than I anticipated. During this time, MG (11.5yo) has been doing her thing, which is reading ALOT. Ok, like, all day. She is a fantasy fan, so Redwall, the Inheritance books, the Warriors books (cats I think, though there are bears in a series, too), the first 3 Harry Potters (as far as I have let her go), Sisters Grimm, a Christian series with the main characters Billy and Bonnie-oh! Dragons in the Midst or something, and more. She reads them over and over and over... I have encouraged her to read other kinds of books,related to books she USED to enjoy: the LIttle House books, Narnia, American Girls, etc. But, understandably, once you get the taste of high-impact writing, it's hard to go back. I get that.
She does liek the Black Stallion books, and will honestly READ anything!
I had a list made of all sorts of classcics, mostly from the AO list from Years 5 down, as well as from an previously owned Christopherus Language Arts book (a Waldorf curriculum), and from recom's from friends. I made a notebook with these in it, and a few sheets for her to record what she checks out at the library. As well, I requested that she choose a few over the course of the summer and do a book review of them - also in the notebook. FIne.
Remember how I said I stink at follow-through? Ahem...
So, if we are going strictly by skill in narration for this girl, she rocks it. She will fill the air with fine details of what she is reading, randomly ask questions of us related to those books (though we have no clue what she is talking about!), makes lists and categories of characters and all sorts of things!
With her fantasy books.
WIth any other book I have her read, the narrations are much less lively, while still thorough. She doesn't have that spark in her voice, you know? I hate the idea of making classics, great books a chore, but at the same time, I want her to work into a healthy balance of fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, etc.
I see (read: hope) where DITHOR can help me with that, but I think more is needed. I think maybe i should *try* to read the books beforehand (but pat of HOD over Ao was NOT doing that, because in both curriculums there are So.Many.Books! I needed someone I could trust with the reading, and HOD won out big time with that!)
ANy ideas on how to work this, or should I just celebrate what she is doing, press on through the rest, and am I just overreacting?
MG, 11yo -- Preparing * Extensions * DITHOR, Level 6/7/8 + MUS
EK, 8yo -- Beyond + Cheerful Cursive + MUS
HR, 6yo -- LHFHG + Happy Handwriting
SA, 3yo -- keepin' it lively!
OCJ -- She came! 10/13/12