Studying Art Makes Kids Smart

This just in!  Exposing children to art, in its many forms, can make them better thinkers. Art History is one of our favorite subjects, so we are happy to hear this news. I encourage you to visit a museum nearby – they often have days where you can visit for free. If there’s no museum in your location, try the library or even the Internet for art history ideas. I bet adults benefit from art as much as children!

Excellent Literature List by Grade

Excellent Literature by Grade Level

Reading good, quality literature is one sure way to help your child become a better student by boosting their exposure to well-written, masterfully-crafted sentences by classic authors.  These books can also help reinforce exceptional character traits.  Talk about what the characters in the story do to be kind, or how a certain character might have acted in a better way.  Discussion, not just reading, builds better comprehension and allows for excellent analysis of behavior skills.

 

Here’s just one of many lists out there, broken down by grade level:  Charlotte Mason book list.

 

The International Children’s Digital Library

Today I came across a website devoted to putting children’s books in digital form for all to read online.  The International Children’s Digital Library has the following mission statement:

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.

So far I’ve found books relevant to our studies of medieval history, including some of G.A. Henty’s books.

The ICDL was named one of 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians.