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For years I have struggled with trying to find the right resources and curriculum for my children. It wasn’t until we embraced the Charlotte Mason Method, (you can read about those HERE and HERE) that I realized I could teach my children what I wanted to teach them without a box or a checklist that someone else made. I realized that I could determine what’s important and what needed focus. I didn’t need someone else to give me a scope and sequence, or tell me what I should be teaching. It was a very freeing realization!
What if we could just read books?
Because I have children in different grades with differing abilities, I knew that even if I wanted to teach from a preplanned, or boxed–if you will–curriculum, it would no longer work for our family.
And that’s one reason the Charlotte Mason method of education was so intriguing. I could simply read books with my children, and give them some to read on their own. While we still [even with middle and high school-aged children] do much of our lessons together in one big group using only living books, most of my children are independent readers now.
>>Related Post: Charlotte Mason Narration and How It Works in Our Homeschool
Here, you will find links to my own reviews and thoughts about individual books for children and youth. In most reviews, you will find a link to purchase the easy reading guide associated with the book.
This has been a labor of love, first for my children, and then for homeschooling moms, like myself, who would really just like to know what’s in a book and have a simple, straightforward guide to help them keep their kids on track. And also for myself…you know, to save my sanity!
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
***As I get guides ready, links will appear on this page.
NOTE: I originally didn’t do answer keys because this was simply a guide for us to use. However, I understand that all homeschool moms don’t have the time to read all the readers and probably need to know what the chapters are about. So, I will at the very least supply a short answer for each question so that you know if your child is on the right track. You want your child to elaborate as much as possible, noting the feelings of the characters, how they relate to each other, good vs. evil, etc.
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