Homeschool Happymess is counting down to Christmas and the vacation that surrounds this wonderful time of year.
“How many chapters have YOU completed in Wordly Wise?”
Our older students have final exams in Latin, Witty Wordsmith, Chemistry, Algebra, and History of Science, to name just a few. They can be found up at all hours, musing over flashcards, strewn across couches, reciting archaic languages and studying arcane scientific facts. They are dedicated. They are restless. They anticipate the conclusion and yet, 15 page term papers still loom in their immediate futures
Our younger students are delighting in the wreaths that are newly hung on all the doors and windows. They eagerly search every magazine for clues as to what Santa may bring. They are crafting and wrapping small games and puzzles for their favorite stuffed animals. Adventure Bear will receive a lovely pot of marmalade, purloined from a breakfast buffet. Gifts are wrapped and hidden. Bounce has an elaborate pirate treasure map detailing all the locations. I encounter these odd items as I search the back of cupboards and behind doors looking for missing Christmas china and wrapping paper.
This year Bounce and his friends formed a new book club dedicated to reading and discussing Classic Children’s Literature. The book group members are young enthusiasts who are committed to making the world a better place. Following their reading of Old Yeller, (previous post), the group read, and became entranced by, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.
Wonderland BookSavers has already had a strikingly positive influence on this initially simple homeschool book club. The children are able to see the tremendous impact that literature can have upon the imagination and the spirit of the reader. They understand that reading is a form of communication, both with the author and with other readers. They value the time that they spend reading and discussing literature and thus they see the value that books have for all children and communities.
Wonderland BookSavers are committed to enlarging the community of children that have access to books. The children love handling all the “used” books. They pore over the pictures, read aloud sections to one another, and generally have the opportunity to enjoy hundreds of books that they might otherwise never have seen.
Occasionally they will hold a book up in disgust,
“This is TOTALLY inappropriate,”
as a modern and heavily pregnant Mary goes lurching along on a donkey in a parody of Mary and Joseph, and out the book goes in the trash.
Wonderland BookSavers are wondering, “Who are these other unknown children?” and, “Will they like these books as much as we like them?”
And so, as the Christmas Season is upon us, we find once again that, “Giving is better than receiving.”
What we didn’t realize is that we would be watching 4 young children locating and donating literally thousands of books to communities across the country and even across the oceans, with their motto, “Inspired by Literature.”
Let Me Count the Days: Homeschooling is watching a small book club reach out and touch the world.
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