WWRW: Kids’ Love Languages and Ben Franklin



We are listening to The Five Love Languages of Children in the car.  Whenever the author starts telling an anecdote to illustrate one of the love languages, all my kids get really quiet and try to be the first to guess what the love language is of the person in the story.  It’s cute.

They also thought it was pretty funny when the author said you shouldn’t let your kids know you are trying to figure out their love language because they might use that to manipulate you.  I’m afraid the secret’s out on that one!

Still needing some mid-year inspiration, I just finished reading Kimberly Hahn & Mary Hasson’s classic on homeschooling – Catholic Education Homeward Bound: A Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling.
Catholic Education: Homeward Bound - Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling

This is book is less useful than it used to be in that it is almost 20 years old, and the resource listings are out of date.  As a guide to the philosophical and theological basis for homeschooling, it’s a classic.  But considering that both the authors were relatively young mothers when they wrote the book, and both went on to become prominent Catholic leaders as their children grew up, it would be wonderful if they would update this book and share what it was like to homeschool high schoolers (there is a chapter on that, but it was obviously written from others’ experiences).

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Elementary Science Trade Library)

Jean Fritz has written a number of children’s books that we really enjoy reading when we study American history.  Actually, the last time around I enjoyed them, but the kids were a little too young.  The books are a bit longer than your typical picture book and keep the attention of kids age 8 & up as a read-aloud.  You can tell from the titles that they are a lot of fun:

  • Where do you think you’re going, Christopher Columbus?
  • What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
  • Can’t you make them behave, King George?
  • Shhh!  We’re writing the Constitution!

We’re reading the one about Ben Franklin right now, and it’s very good.  (Note: the book does include a (modest) illustration of Franklin swimming sans clothes, which apparently was the custom at the time!).

Lots more books at Housewifespice!


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