Building a Family Culture Around Books: Meaningful Reading in the Homeschool

Week 1: The Secret to Great Discussions With Your Kids

June 25, 8 PM EDT

We know we ought to read and discuss great books with our kid, but what if we don’t know which questions to ask? If we didn’t receive an excellent literary education ourselves, how can we possibly pass one on to our own children? It turns out there are a handful of tips and practices that make meaningful, engaging discussions possible for every homeschool parent regardless of the kind of education she herself received. Discover the questions any homeschooling parent can ask to have deep, meaningful conversations with her kids about the books they are reading together or alone.

Week 2: Practical Strategies for Reading Aloud Every Day

July 2, 8 PM EDT

You’ve heard it said that you should read to your kids every day, as long as they are in your home. That sounds quaint and lovely, but there are stacks of dishes, piles of laundry, and endless rounds of soccer practice and doctors’ appointments to get to! How does a busy, overwhelmed homeschool parent make time to read aloud every day, and why should she even try? This workshop will light a fire under you to make reading aloud a priority, and give you a set of practical tips for fitting in read-aloud, regardless of the time or season of life you’re in. By the end of the session, you’ll have encountered a variety of creative ways to make reading aloud a part of your family life.

Week 3: Choosing Books & Troubleshooting Common Struggles

July 9, 8 PM EDT

You walk into a library or bookstore and are instantly bombarded with a variety of books- some look promising, others look like junk (and indeed, they very well may be). We’re busy homeschooling parents- we don’t have time to wade through stacks of books to find the very best ones! How do we know which titles are worth our time? In this workshop, you’ll receive a recommended list of books and booklists to help streamline your efforts, and discover a set of questions you can ask about any book to quickly see if it might be worth your time. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel- a lot of the legwork has been done for you. Learn how to choose excellent books for your homeschool and troubleshoot common struggles parents face when building up a family culture around books.

Location: Date: June 25, 2015 Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Sarah MacKenzie

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