my3boys wrote:Well, we are finishing up CtG - our second year with MFW. We have enjoyed it and there are a lot of things that I love, but the thing that I've had the most problems with is literature. I want to provide a literature rich education for my boys. I understand that MFW is meant to have this element added to it, but I've found this part difficult. Our library never seems to have more than a couple books off the reading list - and we like more fiction than is on the lists. I bought books the second year, but I didn't choose or schedule them in very well and I ended up with quite a few books that we just didn't use/finish - and books are expensive!
I am planning on buying books again, but I'm not really sure what to choose and how to go about it. Also, how do you get you kids to read when they are not self-motivated - do you schedule by pages or time/day or something else?
I'm not really sure there is a question here - just looking for some input I guess.
Literature in RTR compared to CTG: one thing to keep in mind is that it is much harder to have good children's historical fiction from ancients. So it becomes much harder to find in libraries. Even my systems didn't have great amounts of stuff for CTG. we ended up just reading good books from general list.
In RTR, however, it becomes easier to get those Shakespeare for children books, or audio books, or even a video of a play. It gets easier to get something like King Arthur, or Beowulf.
I found the book basket lists in RTR to have a lot more fiction titles and options than CTG. Many of them will have * next to them --- you might be able to find more of those in libraries, or easier to find for purchase.
I wrote this on another forum yesterday....so some of it might not completely apply, but it might help....
Well, in RTR in the literature department here are some highlights.... (there are over 400 titles in book basket to cover history/art/music composers/science enrichment)
You'll get times to read some Shakespeare in RTR in several sections --both Julius Caesar, and then even in middle ages stuff too.
even some books listed for jr. high readings too. use those.
there's time to be introduced to Beowulf. King Arthur. Don't forget books like Whipping Boy, Adam of the Road. You'll get time to do some Canterbury Tales. There are some Henty books recommended for older students.
and don't forget the Classics lists at the back of the manual for reading that doesn't have to be connected to history themes.
There's a lot of literature in RTR. My oldest is a my avid reader and we've done great in MFW. She loves to read everything. Longer stuff. harder stuff, or even to grab a below level book and enjoy reading it to younger kids (her sisters and friends)
and those are just highlights -- that's not everything.
I found a lot more books at library for RTR than I did in ancient history.
I think if you get the books on basket list and talk with your child as she reads them or you read together, and use narration -- you can have a very literature rich RTR year if you go that route. We did.
how to motivate them when they aren't happy happy joy joy on reading? hmm... sometimes it takes dramatic read alouds with them having the book in front of them, sometimes it is food incentives to complete a goal,....