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:
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
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!