Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Making Literature Fun - Review
Ever wish you could get your kids to reach for a book instead of the remote? Susan Evans' one hour audio workshop, Making Literature Fun, is bursting at the seams with ideas to:
- make literature come alive for your children
- improve your child's reading level
- quiet your children for reading
Raised in Guatemala, Susan earned her Bachelor's degree in English in the United States, and has taught in public schools here and in London, England, where she was also a middle school Drama director. In this live recording, Susan describes how to evaluate and choose good books; how to create experiences to help children internalize what they've read; gives examples from her own homeschool experiences with her four children.
Ms. Evans discusses the pros and cons of "watching the movie" versus "reading the book". She encourages regular reading aloud by both parents and students. I was reminded to change my tone of voice to indicate different characters in the book I'm reading from, and to remember to read with more dramatic effect. When I began to do this during our current reading of "War Horse", my 9 year old son suddenly started really listening, and would beg for another chapter. As suggested, I felt perfectly comfortable making him wait for the next day, and sure enough, his anticipation was peaked and he sat and listened attentively. A number of books are recommended by name in the course of Susan's presentation. She supports re-enacting as an enriching supplement to good reading and she shows how to link the great books your children are reading to the other subjects they are studying.
In everything she does, Evans gives praise and glory to her Creator, and emphasizes and encourages a close, personal relationship with God as the foundation to excellent parenting and homeschooling. I love the relaxed, refreshing style in which she presents her information. Her voice has a pleasant tone and unhurried cadence. I came away from the audio with the feeling of having just had an uplifting discussion with a friend, rather than a talking down from a stuffy professional. I immediately began applying many of her suggestions in my own homeschool, with happy results.
In addition to Making Literature Fun $5.50, Susan Evans has a number of other excellent audio and video products available for download. All of her products are backed by a 60 day money-back guarantee. The MP3 files were a snap to download and add to my Ipod. For less than the price of a Teacher's Manual, you can breathe new life into your homeschool and equip your children with a love of reading for life. Now go out and make literature fun!
I received a free copy of Making Literature Fun to listen to and post my thoughts. No other compensation was received for this review.