So, do you read Shakespeare to your 6-8 year olds? No, Really? Me neither. Until this year. We started using Ambleside Online for our core curriculum. I have always loved the Charlotte Mason approach and going into this school year, I knew we needed something we could load lots of books on to the iPad and hit the road….er….air….to Uganda. So we jumped in full force and have loved every second. Except those few seconds when mommy doesn’t feel like she knows what she’s doing and I head to the blogosphere in search of “why the heck and I reading Romeo and Juliet to a young child.” I got through the Two Gentlemen of Verona. Then we quit R&J about halfway through. I knew what was coming and even though we were reading a paraphrase (this book, checked out from our library), I wasn’t sure I wanted them to know all the ins and outs. So I set it aside and started reading about WHY I should introduce it to them.
In the meantime, I found some great Ambleside groups on Facebook, one even in my exact area! I went to a meet up last month and was so excited that I did! I met a woman a few years ahead of me and we have a common friend. She told me to send her a list of all the books I didn’t yet have for year 1, and a week later, they were brought to me by the mutual friend! Here is a brief view of our Year 1, Term 1 shelf for my 6 year old boy, thanks largely in part to her generosity!
So back to this Shakespeare thing. I have been scouring the internet and have found a ‘I fit here’ feeling for Amongst Lovely Things and the author, Sarah MacKenzie. I have a review of her book, Teaching from Rest coming soon (hint I LOVED IT!) :). I have joined as a member of her Read Aloud Revival and she even did a podcast with Ken Ludwig!
So, I kept finding Ken Ludwig’s book mentioned everywhere, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. I put it on my wish list and thought that when the next play we were supposed to read popped up, I’d grab it. Now, I know for sure I want the paperback version, because from what I’ve read everyone says they are flipping between the chapters and the appendix to best utilize his tips, but I wanted my great readers to know that for today it is $1.99 on Kindle! You can grab it at any link or picture you see here.
I already purchased mine and can’t wait to dive in. Our next scheduled play is in 4 weeks,William Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Need to get busy!
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