1) Make connection to something already studied or previous knowledge.
2) Involve child in the discussion.
3) Read or do the experience.
4) Discuss the point/objective.
5) Summarize with a narration.
So for Minn of the Mississippi,
my lesson would look like this...
*Notice how Holling Clancy Holling's style as a writer works from piece to piece.
1) We are reading a new book called Minn of the Mississippi. It is by Holling Clancy Holling. We have read several of his books before: Paddle-to-the-Sea, Tree in the Trail, Pagoo, and Seabird.
2) What do you remember about these stories?
3) Read chapter 1.
4) In each of Holling's books, he takes us on a journey-through the ocean, around the Great Lakes, across the west, around the world...this time we are going to go on a trip down the Mississippi River. Share a map of the United States. Ask for the child to identify any places that are already known. Draw in the Mississippi River.
5) Tell me about this first chapter.
This year I'm going to try to incorporate this style with lots of different subjects: composer study, artist, characterization, setting/place, geography, time period, theme, experiments, Bible readings, poetry, folk songs, hymns, and field trips.
Although, I think once a day is sufficient. The rest of the time, I want my kids to be the ones responsible for thinking about their own objectives for their learning.
Wishing you homeschool blessings,