Amy Sharony, Ph.D.
Amy Sharony, Ph.D., is the editor of home/school/life magazine and the author of The A+ Homeschool Planner. She homeschools her (gulp) rising 12th grader and rising 6th grader and teaches literature, history, and Latin classes for homeschoolers in Atlanta.
Embracing a Literature-Based Approach to Learning
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Great books can be one of the most effective, experiential ways to learn — not just literature, but also science, history, math, and more. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get right, though: Literature-based learning requires making thoughtful choices about book lists, building substantial scaffolding for students (and knowing when and how to gradually remove that scaffolding), and developing meaningful output for students to demonstrate their understanding and put their critical thinking and writing skills to work. If you love the idea of literature-based learning but worry about the academics, it can seem challenging to figure out how to assess progress and build skills without the clear framework provided by more traditional curricula. In this brief introduction, we’ll look at how literature-based learning works, practical ways to incorporate it at every stage of learning, and tips for building your day around great books. We’ll also address the inclusion problem and briefly discuss resources for finding diverse and not-whitewashed books for your homeschool.