- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ecce Homo Press (December 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979760909
- ISBN-13: 978-0979760907
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the Love of Literature Teaching Core Subjects with Literature Paperback – December 15, 2007
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Maureen Wittmann has done us all a great service with this book. Raising children to love the adventure of visiting new worlds and seeing new people with new ideas is one of the greatest thrills a parent can have. Books are everybody's free ticket to that adventure and Wittmann is a fine guide for the journey. --Mark Shea, Senior Content Editor, CatholicExchange.com
Maureen Wittmann has put together not only a comprehensive book list, but also a helpful guide to choosing the right educational approach, tips for making full use of public libraries, and inspiration for studying fine arts and music. For the Love of Literature is a gift for all variety of homeschooling families! --Danielle Bean, author
About the Author
Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are homeschooling parents of seven children. She is coeditor and contributing author of The Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press) and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury (out of print). Her articles have appeared in Heart & Mind, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Digest, Catholic Faith, New Covenant, Catholic Home Educator, Latin Mass and others.
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Maureen has a special talent for describing an entire book in just a sentence or two. In this thorough yet pleasant guide, she describes 950 of them. She explains various educational methods, from classical education to Charlotte Mason homeschooling, as well as how to make the best use of your public library and how to build your own home library.
Whether you have been homeschooling for decades as I have - or you just want to enrich your child's education - or wherever you are on the parenting spectrum: this is a book you will want to own and cherish.
I'm ordering some of these books from the Library!
The book begins with some useful introductory insights on how to use your local library, how to build your home library, and how to design a literature study unit. It also provides a basic introduction to classical education and the Charlotte Mason method--both of which mesh well with Ms. Wittmann's ideas.
The bulk of this book, however, is made up of a literary guide broken down by subject. Areas covered include art and music, math, history, and science. The history section alone covers over 100 pages and is replete with hundreds of excellent suggestions. A kid who worked their way through all of the books listed would have a better grasp of history than 99% of adults.
But of course, this reading list is not intended to be followed from start to finish. Indeed, unless one were a voracious speed-reader, it would be a nearly impossible task. The strength of the book is that it can be used as a handy reference that the homeschooling parent can dip into as needed.
Imagine--rather than teaching the Elizabethan period by a dry recitation of facts and dates, you start your child off reading, Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal; or you begin a study of the crusades by having the child read an exciting tale like The Blue Gonfalon. Using this method is sure to stimulate interest while helping the child build their reading skills at the same time.
Simply put, if you're a homeschooling parent, this book is a must-have--a gem. I fully endorse this method of teaching because it worked on me as a kid. Even though I was in traditional private Catholic school, I recall clearly how the books that made the greatest impression on me were literary works that put major figures into their historical context. This often inspired in me a desire to do more research on the figure in question or their time period and was the beginning of my love of history in general.