The Christmas Carol
The boys and I have been reading 'The Christmas Carol' this month for a good fun December read. It was an unabridged version with illustrations and we just finished it tonight. It was great to read this old classic again with my kids, and I have to say that even though the boys are only 7 and 4, they were completely capable of engaging in a book that some might say is too advanced for them. They asked questions and knew exactly what was going on, even though a lot of the phrasing was unfamiliar. A lot of the theory behind our homeschool is based on the teaching of Charlotte Mason, who lived in the late 1800's, who said that kids should be reading 'real, living' books all the time, no matter what their ages. We've read several 'advanced' books together now and it's so fun to see little kids enjoying a real, grown-up book and not being completely bored just because it doesn't have pictures or only 1-syllable words. We're planning on taking a trip to the movie theater this weekend to see the movie "The Christmas Carol" and see how it compares to the book.