Recently I just read about a charity that is helping to supply books to homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, etc. in order to give the kids there something to read. Imagine the gift these books will be to allow kids to soar away with their imagination and leave behind the cruel world around them.
“I met a child who loved to read but didn’t own a book. I found a lot more like her when I took a closer look.
I rallied troops to help me and we sought books by the heap. And now we find the kids in need and give them books for keeps!”
This is the motto for Books for Keeps which I think is worth all of us adopting.
Another great way to help give books to others is through Book Mooch. This is a book swap site in which you post books you wish to give thereby earning points. You can then use your earned points to choose books you would like to mooch from others.
Your only cost is the shipping cost of the books that are mooched from you! I often have people ask if I have a certain book, and if I can find it on there for free I will pass it along to them! You can also donate your points to a charity that can then acquire the books they need.
This month Usborne books are offering to donate one dollar in books to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada for every dollar of books purchased Usborne Books at Home.
Our online educational thrift store is also sharing the love, and with every $10.00 order, a book will be donated to a local charity that gives books to kids in shelters at Christmastime.
Many local libraries also collect new books in order to give the gift of reading to those less fortunate. Books are such an integral part of learning, and learning is an important part of life. So giving the gift of reading is necessary so that there is at least one book for all!
Anyone with more than one child can compare and contrast their children. They may have similar mannerisms yet opposing interests and sometimes you may wonder how two could have sprung from the same womb! Children are different; they have different interests, different focuses, and different learning styles. So too, must the teaching style for them be different.
My first child was pretty easy to homeschool. He was a book kid, loved worksheets, and would sit for hours working on a project. My second child is not as keen of a reader, would prefer not to have to write, and won’t sit for hours to do anything. These differences are not a variance in intelligence, just in how and what they learn.
With both children, one of the main things I did was teach what interested them. My eldest son studied Medieval history at least five times. Each time had a different focus, an increased measure of learning and new projects to work on. The younger son enjoyed Medieval History as long as he was reading about knights, catapults, and the siege of a castle, but really only wanted to study it once.
And so, while one child created graphs about the plague, the other crafted medieval weapons from cardboard, tinfoil and duct tape. Since each activity was premised with a discussion or reading about the time period the history lesson was still being taught, just in different styles.
The older child struggled a bit with math, but when lessons involved money, things made sense! And so, many math lessons allowed counting, converting, and problem-solving with money. The youngest struggled with geography but enjoyed cooking. So, we traveled the world learning about common foods and recipes found in various countries.
Free yourself from the “typical” school regime, especially with a more active, reluctant student. Create lessons through field trips, music, crafts, athletics, and unit studies that fill the needs of each student. This encourages them to learn because they enjoy the subject and the manner with which it is taught!