Ah, Seuss. What would childhood be without you?
A lot less interesting, is all I can say. You rhyme. You invent words. You invent people and places. You give us your imagination so that we can use ours.
I mean, I can’t even.
If you love Seuss as much as we do, you’re probably looking for ways to celebrate his birthday in grand style. Well, lovely readers, the Lit Mama has got the goods.
I mean, it’s my birthday. So I’m going to make this super quick.
It’s been 7o degrees here in Indiana all week, and I’m stoked because that means for the first time ever it is warm on my birthday. 44 years of cold. The warmest birthday I ever had was 56 degrees.
I should have known that the birthday that finally made me realize I’m closer to 50 than 25 would be magical somehow. (And no, I am not complaining about being 45. I’m not one of those people who would go back. You couldn’t pay me to be in my 20s again. I mean, shudder.)
You probably know by now that I plan our entire curriculum myself. If you’d like to do the same, go grab a copy of How to Homeschool Without Buying a Curriculum. It’ll walk you through all the steps.
My favorite part of the planning is choosing the novels we read aloud together. I like to get a general idea of our school year in my head, then pick novels to coincide. Sometimes I pick novels first and plan our curriculum based on what we’ll be reading. Literature is the most important part of our homeschool, so it has a heavy influence on everything else we do.
There are reasons for my choices every year. Some I choose because I’ve known all along the boys would greatly benefit from them and I believe they are now ready to do so. Some I choose because they go great with whatever science, history, geography, or arts we’re studying that year. Some of them I pick simply for the story.
One of the best times we’ve ever had in our homeschool was when we did an in-depth study of space and all it contains. Outer space, my friends–all that yummy good stuff beyond our atmosphere.
I learned more by teaching my boys astronomy than I ever learned in any school I attended. Today that is my favorite thing about homeschool. That ability to really dive (or… fly?) deep into a subject and learn everything we can. No limits.
Kind of like space itself.
We still take every chance we can to learn more about the multiverse, and we have some favorite tools that can help you and your littles learn, too.