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.
Books & Stories Read So Far:
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
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Format: Paperback (Chronicles of Narnia Collection)
I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy, KidLit, and Classic
My Rating: 4/5
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 …
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!
Mandatory 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
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
Recommended By: Ana at Things Mean a Lot
I Categorized It As: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Classic
My Rating: 4.5/5