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In our homeschool co-op, we have a book club. It is absolutely THE. BEST. In fact, I'm not even homeschooling any more, yet I still help out and my kids attend because it's so darn great. My friend Heather and I do these together, and I'm going to start sharing these with you, so if you want to do a family or community book club with kids, this might help springboard some ideas for you. (Hint: No book reports allowed!)
Books: A Little Princess and The Lost Prince
Every book club, we choose two books that share a common theme. We either use a "boy" and a "girl" book (I know, many people hate those terms...) or else a book for older kids and a book for younger kids. We ask every family to read at least one of the books.
This time, we did A Little Princess, and The Lost Prince (less well known, and sometimes printed as The Lost Prince of Samavia. You can find my son's review here). Both are by Frances Hodgson Burnett and both are AMAZING.
(As an aside: I wanted my younger boys to experience A Little Princess, but wasn't sure that 9 and 7 year old boys were up for a "princess" book. So I was sneaky. I asked them to hurry and get ready for bed and I would read them a "surprise" book. I kept the title covered and just started reading. They were hooked from then on!)
Theme: Being True to the Royal Within You
I adore these books because they both speak about living up to the royalty that is within you. Both children have less than ideal circumstances, yet they both behave as their best selves- with self discipline, hard work and kindness. One acts as though she were a princess when she has hard times, and the other is trained to be a prince- which he unknowingly is! They also both value education. What a great books to have in our children's hearts! As Christians, we also added some spiritual thoughts to this theme.
Here are some good resources for questions to ask, as well as enrichment ideas for A Little Princess. This website also has good stuff. Sadly, I couldn't find anything for free online for The Lost Prince. But if you email me, I will make some especially for you!
All in all, we had a great time, and these books really do touch hearts. It was pretty darn simple and didn't take much prep- that's my kind of activity!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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