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Wright on Time, Book 1: Arizona Paperback – August 27, 2009
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Think the Magic Schoolbus series of educational chapter books, but for homeschoolers, and much better. Rather than presenting educational facts in `chunks' or obviously lecture-style explanations, learning opportunities are woven into the dialogue, interests, and discoveries of the characters. As a matter of fact, the very writing style mirrors the philosophies of the delight-driven, lifestyle led method of education that the Wright's use to much success with their children.
With the boy/girl gender split in the Wright family, there's a good balance of themes and interests to appeal to both groups of readers. Aidan, the family's exuberant seven-year-old, can't wait to see the bats he hopes to find deep within the desert cave. Nadia, a research-driven 11-year-old, is fascinated by the prospect of mining for minerals and hopes to find some malachite (her favorite).
In keeping with the characters' ages, children between six and 12 will likely be the most drawn to the series, but our entire family enjoyed Arizona as a read-aloud -- even my three-year-old and my husband were kept engaged by the short, fast-moving chapters and cliff-hanger chapter endings that kept the pages flying. This is the first book my six-year-old has wanted to savor: "Let's only read it every few days Mommy.Read more ›
These are easy-to-read chapter books that entertain and educate similar to the Magic Tree House series, but without the magic. As you read each book, you'll experience adventure, humor, and positive family values, qualities that are not often found in today's children's literature.
In this first book, Arizona, your children will learn about Arizona, bats, and minerals as they follow Nadia and Aidan Wright deep into a desert cave located in Arizona. Weird noises, mysterious objects, and "freaky awesome" bats will definitely keep your children's interest; and when they are done, they'll be asking for the next book in the series!
Be sure to visit the Wright on Time Web site to read Nadia's Blog, read biographies of the characters, and learn which state will be featured next in the series.
The family explores a cave in Wright on Time: Arizona. Aidan is fascinated by the bats, while Nadia hopes to find some unique gemstones. As you read along, you are not just enjoying a story, you are learning right along with the family. I think it's a great idea, and I think it's great that the books show homeschoolers in such a positive light.
There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen different. First, the parents in the book are referred to by their first names. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer that my kids call adults by Mr. and Mrs.
Second, and here I go sounding like an old lady again, but I do not like the phrases Aidan uses throughout book. He was always saying, "Freaky cool!" and "Freaky awesome!" I know, I know, it's like saying "freaky" and "awesome" only together, but every time I read it, I thought of the way people always use the word "freakin'", which I hate, and, well, it just bugged me! LOL (Just a heads up in case you are an old fogey like me!")
Third, they left me hanging! I mean, really! They found this mysterious thing in the cave and I wanted to know what it was, and now I have to read the second book! Tricky, I tell, you, tricky!Read more ›
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"Wright on Time" Follows adventures of a homeschool family. The books are full of fun information and wholesome plots. No surprises for the parents. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Heather
I am hoping my daughter loves this book. We are homeschoolers, so there aren't a lot of books out on the market about homeschoolers, much less fiction books that have homeschoolers... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christine Shuck
My 8 y/o boy really enjoyed this book. I have bought other chapter books for him in different series ,but this is the first one he looked forward to reading, could read with out... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute story. Read it to my 11, 9, and 7 year old homeschool kiddos while Dad traveled to Arizona on business. Definitely made them jealous of Dad's adventures. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RC5
Great for a homeschooling child. I just wish they'd have more out already.Published 20 months ago by Rocky Mountain Mommy
This book is "freaky cool"! I love how the family travels in an RV and have adventures with their pet turtle, Prince Pumpkin III. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Deborah Davis
First, I commend Mrs. Cottrell-Bentley for writing a series of books about a homeschooling family. We need much, much more of this. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by AK in AZ
Take a Ride in their RV with the Wright Family - Mum-Stephanie , Dad-Harrison , Brother- Aiden and Daughter- Nadia and their pet turtle Prince Pumpkin III as they head off to... Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Paula L. Phillips
The first thought that came into my mind when I learned about the Wright on Time series was, "Finally - a series about homeschoolers! Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer