Reading Through Time: Making History Literary?

Roundtable Description

Do you want to use literature to liven up your history lessons but you don’t know where to begin? Have you browsed through the historical fiction section of your library and gotten totally overwhelmed? Emily and Jennie will guide you through those stacks of books and give you tips and tricks for how to choose the best books, how to decide which books make great read alouds and which are better as read alones, and how to use them to make history come alive. This is a round table discussion session.


Secular Homeschool Convention, Atlanta 2018


Emily Cook runs the successful curriculum company, Build your Library.


Jennie Naughton also was known as a “recreational scholar” is a writer and homeschool educator in Chicago. After her two oldest children started school, she quickly realized that one was behind and one was ahead in their traditional classroom setting. She was going to need to work with them at home to meet their individual needs. That morphed into the realization that homeschooling them in the middle of the day was infinitely more doable than at both 5 am and 6 pm after they had attended school all day.

That was in 2001, and since then all five of her children have learned at home at the Viking Academy. Since that time four of the five have graduated from homeschool and gone on to various success. As adults, they are now an artist, a union stagehand, a certified computer network specialist, and a college student studying photography. She has one son still homeschooling who is 12 years old. She is now an expert in choosing and scheduling specialized curriculum for homeschooling children who have ADHD and settling these kids into the higher education of their choice.

Jennie aspires to a year round education model and divides each year into half classical education and using the other portion to tackle child led project based learning. Her educational ideal is one that is relaxed yet thorough.

Above all else, Jennie thinks of herself as a voracious reader and was a Nonfiction MG/YA  judge for the Cybils Awards in 2016. (The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.)

Both have been homeschooling since the stone ages.


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