5 Favorite Books for Teaching Shakespeare

5 books for teaching shakespeareI mentioned last week that I’ve been reading Shakespeare with my fourth grader and kindergartener. We’ve never gone as far as to recreate a play, but that may be changing. In-depth study of drama and stage vocabulary is part of the fourth-grade curriculum in my state, so I’m toying with the idea of putting on a little show of our own. While I’ve been over here collecting costume pieces and debating which play is our best bet, I’ve also compiled a list of our favorite books we’ve used so far: Continue reading


Reading Shakespeare with Kids

reading shakespeare with kidsOver the course of my four years in high school, I read and watched Romeo and Juliet, Julius Ceasar, King Lear, and Hamlet. Not counting my world history teacher that spent a full lecture on how William Shakespeare was a fraud, that was my only exposure to the works of Shakespeare in school…including college.* One of my goals as a homeschooling parent is to introduce my children to as many beautiful passages from literature as I can. An added benefit to reading Shakespeare with my own children is that I’m learning the plays right along with them. Are you interested in incorporating Shakespeare into your classroom or home? Here’s what works for us: Continue reading

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

thick as thievesSince The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite books, I was beyond excited to find out that she would be publishing another book in the series this year. Thick as Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. The strange thing is, once I finally got a copy of the book from the library, it sat on my nightstand for weeks. I think I was afraid to start. What if it couldn’t stand up to the rest of the books I’ve loved for years?  Continue reading

Reading for the First Day of School

It’s time. My friends in Arizona have been back for weeks now, while our neighbors here in North Carolina won’t go back for another fortnight. It’s the first day of school at our house and I’m remembering this episode of The Cosby Show (like I do every first day of school). It’s especially appropriate this year because I have a new Kindergartener sitting at the table waiting to start and a fourth grader trying to sneak in one more hour of summer vacation before breakfast. Whenever the first day of school is for you, starting the year off with books is a great choice. Here are 5 book lists full of ideas for back-to-school reads worth reading again and again: Continue reading