Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are avid readers and go through a lot of books in our schooling (not to mention the research prep work that goes into creating lessons, but I’m a natural researcher so I don’t mind). Here I share some of the authors we’ve enjoyed most or found useful as lesson material. In addition, I reference books and resource materials I’ve used within individual posts.
My favorite author/series in general is Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series. The chapter books feature a brother and sister team (Jack and Annie) who use a magical tree house filled with books to go on adventures through time to different places. They soon find out the tree house belongs to Morgan le Fay, the enchantress in Arthurian legend, who calls on them to solve problems and help others by completing specific missions. In the process, readers learn about mythical and historical subjects, places and people, as well as riddles, codes, magic, courage, compassion and friendship. The series also includes separate Fact Trackers or Research Guides designed as nonfiction companions to some of the adventure books. The official Magic Tree House website features information on the series, games and activities, and a great teacher’s educational section designed to assist with lesson ideas.
In addition to the Magic Tree House series, we’ve enjoyed the following themed books/series: