Your teenagers can be excited to read great classic literature and you don’t have to fight them anymore.
(Well, with reading. You may still have to discuss that outfit!)
I know because I was where you are.
I was struggling to get a positive reaction about pretty much anything from my teens. But, doing literature assignments? That was like pulling teeth.
Why would they want to sit down and read a book written forever ago when they could be chatting with their friends on social media?
What is the appeal in a classic book with a sophisticated vocabulary? These are kids who text in acronyms with little to no punctuation.
And, don't get me started about grammar or writing assignments! Some days I just gave up the battle and hoped they learned to write in coherent sentences on their own.
So, one day I sat down with a friend and we came up with a plan.
Our plan was simple.
We would create a literature study that was comprised of classic literature, grammar, and writing projects but also used technology in the form of apps, movies, videos, and experiments. Plus, we threw in a few snacks for good measure.
It wasn’t using the tried-and-true methods; and it went against the prevailing traditional thinking, but it was brilliant and it worked.
We created an amazing course that introduced our teens to classic poets like Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, William Butler Yeats, and Dylan Thomas.
But, we didn’t stop there.
We kept creating courses. And, this time, we invited them to experience the works of Harper Lee, Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
And, the teens loved it!
But, even better, the moms were thrilled. The stress of finding a way to teach the classics to their kids was gone. They could relax and enjoy homeschooling a little more.