The other night I poured over our new curriculum A World of Adventure. I got on our local public library website and inputted the names of all of the books and videos we will be using this year. What a blessing to find that not only are all of the books available through our public library system, but that some of those books are also offered in an audio form. That way if we wanted to listen to a particular book, so that we could both work on a project at the same time, we could do that. Dawson doesn't like to sit for long periods of time. He needs to be doing something. So, maybe we could even get a large puzzle having to do with what we are reading about and do the puzzle while we're listening to the book. Or, we could build something or draw or do another art project. There are so many possibilities!
Here is a a list of the books we will be reading:
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Classic Myths to Read Aloud, by William F. Russell, Ed.D.
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli
Two biographies of his choice from the Renaissance and Reformation Period (like Martin Luther and Johann Gutenberg)
The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss (what a great way to end the year ... he'll love it! And, it will be Spring so we can get outside and do some exploring ourselves!)
The Holy Bible
I am very excited to read these books! And, I know that these are all things that will interest Dawson. And then there are dozens and dozens of other suggested books, both fiction and non-fiction, for him to read during his personal reading time that correspond with the topics in the main book we are reading.
The crazy thing is that spelling, vocabulary, social studies, science lessons and art projects all correspond with the topics we are reading in the books. It's incredibly well-prepared!
I have only found a couple of minor things in the curriculum that wouldn't interest Dawson at all (or me for that matter.) But that's where our creativity can come in. We can replace those Fine Arts activities with other things.
Other than that, the curriculum is so well laid out and organized that planning will be so much easier!