Category Archives: Science Fiction or Fantasy

Homeschooling High School So Far — English & Humanities

Our Topic for the Year: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia — We’re still working on finding our groove with this, and I’m trying to find ways to get James more interested and engaged. Although we agreed to this mom-made curriculum, as preparation for college, he seems to be participating reluctantly. Maybe since he is such a visual-spatial, hands-on kind of learner, this is just too bookish for him.

BTW, James has ADHD, and like many people with this “disorder,” he is blessed with high energy, a quick mind, a strong “right brained,” visual-spatial learning style, and great problem-solving skills. But keeping him interested in anything for more than 20 minutes is challenging.

Suggestions? 🙂

Books & Stories Read So Far:
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Published: April, 2013 (Reagan Arthur Books)

Format: Kindle E-Book — I might also order a hardcover copy from Random House, Canada — the one with the pretty fox on the cover. 🙂

Recommended By: Jennifer at The Relentless Reader and Lucy at Therapy Through Tolstoy

I Categorized It As: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Science Fiction/Fantasy.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Magician’s Nephew (1955) by C.S. Lewis

magicians-nephew-theThe Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1955

Format: Paperback (Chronicles of Narnia Collection)

I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy, KidLit, and Classic

My Rating: 4/5

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High School Planning for James

My son officially starts high school this fall, and I’ve been developing a curriculum plan of sorts. He and I agreed we will need a lot more structure since he plans to attend a university. Since we’re a family of nerds, For Freshman English I proposed overlapping units on Science Fiction and Fantasy and Dystopian Literature/Film, complemented by Ancient/Medieval History for a social studies credit. My tentative plan, which James has agreed to …

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Proudly Raising a Nerd :-) and a Very Brief Homeschoolish Update

Trisha is still at that age where she becomes absorbed in our interests, and lately fantasy has been a big thing — well, even more than usual. She is intrigued by the fact that I’m writing a fantasy novel, and she and her dad have been playing an insane amount of Neverwinter, which is basically a reboot of the old Dungeons and Dragons games.

Yesterday Trisha grabbed one of her sketchbooks and announced that she was going to draw a fantasy map, “in case I decide to write another fantasy story.” It became a serious endeavor that took her the better part of the evening. We are all proud of her artwork and cartography!

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The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) by N.K. Jemisin

11774272Mandatory Release by N.K. Jemisin

Published: May, 2012 (Orbit)

Format: Kindle E-Book

Recommended By: Stephanie E.

I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy

My Rating: 4.5/5

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The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany


The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

Published: 1924

Format: Paperback

Recommended By: Ana at Things Mean a Lot

I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Classic

My Rating: 4.5/5

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