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Four Easy Ways to Add Music to Your Homeschool...And a Fun Giveaway

Leah Courtney
I'm not a music person, ya'll. I can listen to music, but that's about it. I took music appreciation in college and remember very little except that my now husband, then boyfriend took it with me. (Is that bad for a homeschool mom to admit?!)

I want my kids to know more. I want them to love and appreciate music. I want them to know some basic things about composers and instruments, and maybe even some music theory. And so I've looked for easy ways to add music to our homeschool. I've discovered some simple ways to do this over the years, and I'm sharing four of them here.

Ways to add music to your homeschool
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*Keep reading to the bottom of the post because there's also an awesome giveaway! You can win free guitar lessons for a child in your life.*

Play great music as a background for working.

Some kids find it difficult to concentrate with background noise, but soft music- especially instrumental music, can sometimes help kids to focus better. Try it out. Play classical music while the kids are doing independent work. It's easy to find free classical music online. This playlist  has a good selection of music from classical composers. And The Piano Guys play some of my all-time favorite instrumental music.

Use free resources online.

As well as finding free music for listening, you can find lots of other great musical resources online. Classics for Kids is a site we've used frequently. It has short listening segments that focus on different composers or types of music. There are also resources to help kids learn about the orchestra, music composition, and more. is another great site with free music and music theory lessons. 

Study the lives of composers.

Reading the biographies of composers is another great way to introduce some music appreciation to your kids. As you read, you'll be able to discuss various music periods as well as listen to some of the music written by the composer. Practical Pages has some excellent free notebooking pages to use when you're studying composers.

Take instrument lessons.

One of the best ways to give your children some exposure to music is to let them take lessons for an instrument. I gave all of my kids a brief introduction to the piano- because it was the instrument I knew. And my son took guitar lessons from his uncle for some time. None of my children have turned into great musicians- yet. But I do have one who has continued pursuing piano on her own, and they all have an appreciation for music and for the time and commitment it takes to learn to play an instrument.

Ways to add music to your homeschool


And now it's time for the giveaway! I'm partnering with Gentle Guitar to offer a prize of three free guitar lessons. There will be six winners. Participants who don't win will still receive one free lesson and 25% off of tuition if you decide to enroll in the program.

Gentle Guitar lesson giveaway

Here are the details:


Do you have a 6 to 8 year old who’s keen to learn a musical instrument? Here’s your chance to find out whether your child is ready for music lessons!


Gentle Guitar™ school specializes in kids guitar tuition. Their students come from all over the world: USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, China, Europe... Twice a year they run a draw offering 3-free weekly 30min music lessons to raise awareness about the benefits of childhood music education. Gentle Guitar™ school teaches a total of 140 free music lessons a year to support this cause. The Spring 2018 giveaway is presented by As We Walk Along the Road.


Enter the Gleam giveaway below. Your email is required because every participant will get a follow up with a free lesson and a 25% off code. You will not automatically be added to my email list- although I'd love to have you join that in the box below this post. :-)

Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult during the 3 music lessons.

Participant should have access to Skype, including a mic & camera. Any device such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone meets these requirements.

Families with kids ages 6 - 8

Families with kids ages 6 - 8 do not need a guitar or a musical instrument to enter the draw and try the lessons. The 3 lessons are designed as an introduction to music. You’ll get a fun music theory activity booklet that you'll have to print out and have handy during the lesson. You and your child will clap rhythms and learn to read, trace, color and write music notes.


Many parents delay introducing formal music tuition. Not everyone knows that kids get the MOST benefits from learning music during their crucial years of development. That is between birth and age 10, while the brain is highly plastic. Ages 5 to 10 is the BEST time to introduce music. Take this opportunity to find out what it's like to learn a musical instrument with a professionally trained and specialized teacher.


The giveaway will end at midnight on April 8, 2018.


The lessons will take place in your home via Skype. The lessons are designed to be taught to young kids ages 6-12, however, an adult must accompany the child during the Skype instruction. These are live face-to-face lessons with an experienced music teacher who is trained to work with kids.


3 Free Guitar Lessons From Gentle Guitar

Review of A Most Noble Heir: Historical Fiction by Susan Anne Mason

Leah Courtney
What happens when a simple stable boy finds out he's really a nobleman's legitimate son? This historical novel by Susan Anne Mason follows it's hero- Nolan- on that journey. This one looked good from the description, but I worried that it might be too predictable. I was pleasantly surprised and ended up really liking this one.

Christian fiction review
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About the Book...

From Amazon's Description: "When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.
Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together."

My Thoughts...

What I Liked...

The characters were likable and fairly well-developed. I like to have a little more inner pondering to really feel as if I get to know the characters well, but these were pretty well-developed even without much of that.  As I said earlier, I was worried that the book could be a little predictable. It wasn't. The action moved along well, and things happened that were unexpected. Just when you were sure things were going to happen one way, something new would come along. It kept me interested.

And Not So Much...

There were gaps of time where I didn't know what was really happening. For example, when Nolan first discovers his parentage, he promises his father four weeks and a ball to train as a nobleman and attend a ball. But then we really don't get much information about how that went for him. Suddenly we're at the ball (with only one major development in between). I don't like those gaps because I feel cheated. I want to know more!

One character- I won't spoil it- changes really dramatically in a very short time. We're talking night and day change. Although I know people can definitely change, this was a little unbelievable. I was glad for the change. Don't get me wrong. I just felt like there should have been more gradual lead up to the change.

Christian fiction review

Overall, I can definitely recommend this one as a good read. It will hook you and keep you interested. You can find the book on Amazon here.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

Review of High Cotton: A Bucklin Family Reunion Novel by Debby Mayne

Leah Courtney
Sometimes I read a book and review it negatively and can put my finger on exactly what I dislike. Sometimes these are literary elements. The characters aren't well-developed. The story is too predictable. The dialogue is stilted. It's all subjective, of course. So much about literary review and criticism is. But occasionally I dislike a novel because something personal eats at me. That was the case with High Cotton by Debby Mayne.

Christian fiction book review
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From the book's description...

(Amazon description)Some families are filled with so much love they can't help but drive each other crazy.

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family's next reunion. On the one hand, she'll get to see everyone in her mama's family--folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there'll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law's deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunions . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay's teen self, but the woman she's become doesn't know what to make of this.

Shay's contentment is challenged, and she's determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she's looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.

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My thoughts...

I'm a born and bred Southerner, ya'll. So I immediately understood the term "High Cotton." It's explained before the first chapter of the book, lest you don't know that "living in high cotton" means you're wealthy. But I knew this already.

The book begins in an interesting way. Different members of the family are learning about the family reunion. Different chapters are told from different points of view. This isn't a technique I usually like, so it distracted me when I first started reading. There seemed right away to be a sort of stereotypical view of the Southern Redneck. As many years as I've lived in the South, ya'll- and that'd be a lot- I've not met people named "Digger" and "Puddin'." Well, perhaps there was one "Puddin'." This stereotyping and portrayal of these Southern family members as backwoods, complete with accents you can definitely read in the dialogue began to put me on edge.

And then I read the second chapter. It's told from Puddin's point of view. She's related to this family having the reunion by marriage. And, although her husband doesn't necessarily want to go, she does. She wants to show off, to let people know how far she and her husband have come financially. She's thinking back to the way she grew up and contrasting it to her more affluent current life. She remembers getting bags of hand-me-down clothes and things always broken on her house.

This was a little much for me. We are a one income family with four children. We live in a very small house- where something's always broken. And I'm extremely thankful for the bags of hand-me-downs my kids have been given over the years. (It saves me from going to Goodwill.)

So...maybe I took this book too personally. And I disliked it for mostly personal reasons and preferences. It turns out to be a story that has some interesting moments. The various narrators for different chapters bothers me, but the author makes it work fairly well. I don't like the very Southern dialect- which occurs even within the thoughts of the narrators, not just in spoken dialogue. 

Celebrate World Elephant Day With a Family Movie and a Craft

Leah Courtney
I have multiple children who love animals- all kinds of animals. My younger girls enjoy watching animal documentaries, and my oldest daughter is majoring in Conservation Biology and has a desire to work as an animal conservationist. Because of their interests, I've taken more of an interest in the conservation of animals as well and have enjoyed listening to my oldest daughter talk about animals that are in need of protection and how conservationists are helping.

Because we are a family of animal lovers, I was very excited to find out about a new family film that is coming out for World Elephant Day, April 16 (2018). You can find out all about it and enter a giveaway to win movie passes in this post.

World Elephant Day Family Movie

I received free access to this film and financial compensation for my time. All opinions are my own. 

We received access to Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure.  The film will come to select theaters through Fathom Events on April 16 only. I gathered up my girls to watch, and we created an elephant craft to go along with it. It's a great family-friendly film and provides some good opportunities for discussion and extension activities, such as our craft.

Phoenix Wilder: And the Great Elephant Adventure

The film is an adventure story. Phoenix Wilder is a 13-year-old boy who loses his parents suddenly. He's sent to live with his Aunt Sarah in South Africa. Though missing his parents immensely, Phoenix is interested in this new life, and the day after his arrival he heads off on a safari with his Uncle Jack.

On the safari, Phoenix becomes separated from the group and isn't noticed right away. By the time they realize it and come back to find him, Phoenix is hopelessly lost and is growing desperate. He meets an elephant and is glad to have company, someone to talk to. He forms an immediate bond with this elephant.

Phoenix and his new friend also stumble upon elephant poachers who are killing elephants for their tusks. The group is in search of a large elephant herd in the area. Phoenix and the elephant take every opportunity to thwart them while alluding capture.

As film-goers watch Phoenix and his friend do what they can to prevent the poachers, they also learn more about poaching and the need for elephant conservation.

The film is starring Elizabeth Hurley and is directed by Richard Boddington, the director of the Against The Wild films. The film has a pre-show presentation about elephants and two additional interviews at the end, first with Elizabeth Hurley and second with world famous conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey.

World Elephant Day Family Movie

Watching and Discussing the Movie

The movie is intended to be a family-friendly movie. There are a few elements that might bother really young children- Phoenix's reaction when he learns about the death of his family, guns that the poachers carry, a scene with a dead elephant that the poachers shot (although it isn't graphic at all). But most of the movie would be find for kids of any age. It will make for a great family night at the movies.

World Elephant Day Family Movie

The movie does a good job of presenting the idea of poaching and its effect on elephants without being too frightening for the younger set. It can prompt good discussion about why poachers destroy elephants, why it's wrong, and what people are doing to stop it. 

I think that having a story line that captures the attention of kids, instead of just a documentary with people talking, can make more of an impact because it's presenting the problem in a real life way so that viewers can relate. Phoenix's growing relationship with his elephant friend really draws viewers in and helps them connect with the elephant as well. We found ourselves really cheering him on as he helped Phoenix disrupt the poachers.

Besides the information about elephants and poaching, the film has some beautiful scenery. It inspires me to want to learn more about South Africa. Elephants, conservation, Africa- I can see multiple unit studies coming up in my future!

World Elephant Day Family Movie

Where and How to Watch

How can you watch this film with the family? Visit this site to find out which theaters near you will be showing Phoenix Wilder: And the Great Elephant Adventure. You can see a trailer for the film below. And don't forget that you can enter the giveaway to win tickets!

Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure Trailer from Richard DC Boddington on Vimeo.

Make an Elephant

To further the elephant fun, I designed a cute, simple elephant craft. My girls are almost too old for fun crafts, but the younger crew will definitely enjoy doing this one after watching the film.

Supplies needed...

  • Grey construction paper
  • Paint or crayons
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Elephant craft for kids

I cut elephant ears out of the grey construction paper. To make things easier, I drew a semi-heart shape on folded paper and cut it out so that I had two ears of exactly the same size and shape.

Elephant craft for kids

Elephant craft for kids

The trunk is made by cutting a strip of grey construction paper and folding it in an accordion fold.

Elephant craft for kids

Paint or color the paper plate grey.

Elephant craft for kids

Glue the ears on to the back of the plate so that they stick out from underneath.

Elephant craft for kids

Glue on the wiggly eyes and trunk.

Elephant craft for kids

Name your new friend.

Elephant craft for kids

Family movie for World Elephant Day


Enter the giveaway to win five passes to see the film at the closest theater to you that is showing it.
The giveaway begins 03/11/2018 10:00 pm and the giveaway ends 03/28/2018 03:00 am.

Family movie for World Elephant Day

The Homeschool Math Program That Finally Fits My Struggling Learner: Mr. D Math

Leah Courtney
I don't have a good history when it comes to math. It's the subject I most struggled with in school. And it's the subject I've most struggled with teaching as I homeschool my own kids. One of my problems is that often what works for one child doesn't work for others. So I'll think I found the "perfect" math curriculum. And then I have a child come along who really struggles with that curriculum.

I've been on a quest to find a math program that works for my middle daughter. She doesn't learn well from recorded video instruction. She needs to be able to ask questions. She doesn't do well checking her own work if she can't see where she went wrong. She needs things broken down in parts so that she really understands it.

This year has been particularly difficult as I've struggled through Pre-algebra with her and my youngest child. We're currently on our third curriculum for the year. And what we've found to work is having me teach every lesson instead of using the videos this curriculum comes with. That's all well and good for Pre-algebra, but I know I'll really struggle to teach Algebra 1 next year. I'll have to relearn it as I teach it!

In my continued quest to find some kind of math program that works, I've been looking for one that fits these requirements:
  • Doesn't use primarily video instruction
  • Doesn't require me teaching
  • Breaks material down into small, understandable steps
  • Makes it easy for students to check their own work 
  • Provides a way for students to ask questions from a real person when needed
Thanks to a recent review, I've found what I'm looking for, and I have high hopes for Algebra 1 next year.

Homeschool math online classes
I received access to this program for free for review purposes. I have been compensated for my post. Some links in this post are affiliate links and will benefit me if you click. All opinions are always my own, and I only promote what I do or would personally use.

I had the opportunity to review Mr.D Math. I was given access to the Pre-algebra curriculum for the purposes of my review. 

About Mr. D Math

Mr. D is Dennis DiNoia. He's a certified secondary math teacher with an M.A. in Education. He's developed an online curriculum for high school math that includes pre-algebra through pre-calculus. (He also offers life skills and SAT and ACT prep courses.) Courses can include either live, online classes or self-paced, online classes. There are classes that run throughout the school year, as well as some special summer readiness sessions.

How Mr. D Math Works

Although there is a version of the classes that is an online, self-paced class, we experienced the option of online curriculum along with online virtual class sessions. The classes meet one day a week in a virtual classroom. (There are multiple sessions to choose from for most classes it seems.) In addition to the live classes, each lesson in the course also has printable work sheets, solutions, and a recorded video for more information (or in case you've missed the live class for some reason). There are quizzes that students take and record their own grades for, and there are tests that are taken online.

When you login and open the class as a student, you can find an overview of all of your lessons. You can also find an assignments tab where you can see a list of all assignments, dates due, and grades on the assignments. 

Mr. D Math classes

Mr. D Math classes

When you select a lesson to complete from the lessons tab, you'll find the printable worksheets, solutions, and recorded videos for that lesson.

Mr. D Math classes

When you first get into the student dashboard, you can see any notes and announcements from Mr. D, along with a place for you to comment and ask questions about those announcements. The format is very user friendly and intuitive. My girls grasped how to use the program pretty quickly.

I received a link to join the live classes of my choice. Pre-algebra is currently meeting in two different sessions, so I was able to pick which was easier for us to attend. Entering the live classroom from that link was simple. 

In the live classroom, students can use video and audio as well as a chat feature. Mr. D can be seen on video at the opening of the class, but as class begins, he switches to a whiteboard where he displays the same printable lesson sheet that the kids can access in their lesson sections. He gives notes and works through example problems. The chat is set so that he can see kids' answers and questions, but the students can't chat with each other. This allows the kids to interact without being a disruption or distraction.

In addition to the weekly live classroom session, we received email invitations to regular help sessions for pre-algebra. I didn't attend an extra help session, but I loved that this would be an option for my struggling math student.

Why Mr. D Math Was Awesome 

When I first suggested to my daughter that I was reviewing this program and wanted her to take a look at it as well, her response was less than enthusiastic. She's pretty burned out on math at this point. After I attended a live class and looked at how the program worked, however, I really felt like this would be such a good option for her. 

Homeschool math online classes

When I finally had her attend a class, she realized it too. Although she assured me she still didn't like math, she acknowledged that Mr. D's explanations made things easier to understand. And she realized that the structure of the program would work well for her.

I love that this math program presents material in so many different ways. There is the live class where kids can interact and ask questions. There are the printable worksheets where kids are doing hands-on math practice. There are recorded videos so that kids can go back and look when they don't understand or forget something. There are solutions so that they can check their own work regularly. There are the extra help sessions that kids can attend as needed. 

Mr. D Math has a real teacher- that understands math far better than me- and presents material in a variety of ways- making it great for kids with a variety of learning styles. It's just what my struggling math student needs, and it's a good fit for my youngest as well. I'm signing both up for Algebra 1 next year.

Homeschool math online classes

More About This Homeschool Math Program

You can find out more about Mr. D Math here. You can find the Pre-algebra class I took a look at here. And you can find Algebra 1- for which I'm signing my girls up for the fall- here. Mr. D Math has other courses as well, so no matter what level of high school math you need, you can probably find it here.

The cost of your course depends on whether you're using the live classes or self-paced classes. Mr. D Math always offers discounts for returning students and siblings.

Find Mr. D Math on social media here:

If you've been struggling to find a math program that works for your whole family, check out Mr. D Math. I'm super excited about it, and I'm so glad we found it!

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study- Includes Resources, Planner, and Notebooking Pages

Leah Courtney
Ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? As with all holidays, it's fun to celebrate with a unit study. Because that's what we homeschoolers do- make everything a learning opportunity! If you're planning a St. Patrick's Day unit study, this post is filled with resources- books, websites, and more- that you can use. Although homeschoolers are well-known for adapting, and unit studies are great for multi-age learning, most of the books and activities here are for kindergarten and elementary grades.

Never created your own unit study before? Download my free Create Your Own Unit Study booklet that contains step-by-step instructions and a free unit study planner. And at the end of the post, you can pick up some free St. Patrick's Day notebooking pages.

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study
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National Geographic Kids has a brief article about the history and customs of St. Patrick's Day.

Kids Play and Create has this page of facts about the holiday.

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study

Activities and Printables

This Resourceful Mama has a cute tissue paper shamrock craft idea for the kids.

Make some fun Rainbow Treat Bags for a party or for you own kids.

As a healthier alternative, make a fruit rainbow.

Embark on the Journey has a fun free St. Patrick's Day activity pack with a maze, word search, coloring page, and more.

Find fun free St. Patrick's Day dot painting at The Resourceful Mama.

Feel Good Teaching has some fun St. Patrick's Day STEM activities here.

Joy in the Works has a Lucky Charms catapult idea that would be a fun STEM challenge.

Free Notebooking Pages

Want some free notebooking pages to go with your unit study? You can pick up a pack here. Print as many as you need for written narrations, note taking, or creative writing.

St. Patrick's Day Unit Study

10 Must Read Classics for High School

Leah Courtney
When my oldest children were approaching middle school, I came across an article about must-read classics for high schoolers. I realized that, even though I'm an avid reader, there were a number I had never read. I quickly set about to remedy the situation. Some of those "classics" turned out to be books I was glad I had skipped over in high school. But there were a few that stuck, and I've tried to bring them to my own kids to read as they've headed into high school.

This post is part of the Five Days of Great Kids Book Series. You can find all of the books in the series here. You can also pick up a brand new freebie- 15 MORE Literature Unit Studies for Kids. It has literature unit resources for fifteen great kids' books, printable graphic organizers for reading, and a link to a unit study planning pack.

This post series is a celebration of my new ebook- Charlotte's Web Literature Notebooking Unit, a notebooking unit study for early elementary grades based on the book Charlotte's Web. You can find the unit study and samples to check out here. During the launch- through the end of February, you can get $5 off the study with the coupon LITERATURELAUNCH. Use that code at checkout here. You can also enter to win a copy of the study as well as an Amazon gift card for $25 here.

Must read classics for high school

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Just a disclaimer here...any list of must-read books for high school depends partly on what you're hoping to accomplish through your literature selections. Do you want a focus on British literature, American literature, Shakespeare? Do you want a variety or are you focusing on a specific theme? The books in this post are a mixed bag, chosen more because I think they have a strong message, interesting themes, and great opportunities for discussion- which is one of the greatest parts of reading great books.

This classic is told in the first person from the viewpoint of Scout, a young girl whose father- a lawyer- is defending a black man charged with raping a white woman. It's a coming of age story in the midst of the racism of a small town. It's moving and beautiful and sometimes really harsh and sad as well. 

1984 by George Orwell

Although the real 1984 has come and gone, this dystopian novel is a frightening look at a future where thinking for yourself can be a really bad thing. It's a warning story. I'll give a spoiler that it's dark with a pretty dark ending. But there are lots of good talking points in this book.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens can get a little wordy. But this is a great book for its historical significance as well as for the story. Set during the French Revolution, it's a tale of adventure, daring, intrigue, love, and sacrifice.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are two of Mark Twain's iconic American boys. While The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sometimes suggested for middle school and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn suggested for high school, the dialect in both can cause a problem for readers, so I think high school is appropriate for both. Tom Sawyer is a little more light hearted and Huckleberry Finn deals a little more heavily with the topic of racism and the injustices of slavery in the South.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet is usually a good choice for a high school introduction to Shakespeare. It's well-known. They've likely heard about it before, even if they've never read it. The No Fear Shakespeare version is one I really like because it gives the original spelling and word structure on one side with modern English on the other. (By the way, you definitely don't need to wait until high school to introduce kids to Shakespeare. This post is all about introducing Shakespeare to your younger kids.)

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place is a memoir by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie was a Dutch woman whose family hid Jews during the Holocaust. She and her family were betrayed and sent to concentration camps. This is a story full of faith, love, sacrifice, and even forgiveness in the face of unspeakable cruelty.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This has been one of my favorite classics of all time. Admittedly, your girls may enjoy it more than the guys. But it's an excellent example of 19th century British literature and easier to read than some of the others, in my opinion. It's a love story- of course- but there's much more to it than that.

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Many Christian theologians consider this allegory by John Bunyan second only to the Bible in its importance to Christians and the Christian walk through the ages. It follows the Christian on his journey to the Celestial City, allegorically portraying the life of a Christian from salvation to Heaven. In my 10 Must-Read Classics for Upper Elementary I recommended Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor. It's an adaptation for kids and will greatly help your high schooler to understand the real thing later.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is one of Lewis' nonfiction works. It's a great look at Christian doctrine and one that high school students should have the opportunity to read. Home School Adventure Co. has a great journal that you can use to accompany a reading of Mere Christianity.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Although I don't always recommend much the darker classic literature that is sometimes on a high school reading list, this is one I think worthwhile. It's definitely dark. It's the story of a plane of boys from a boys school who are crashed and left to survive with no adults. The themes and glimpse of human nature are worth reading and discussing even though the story is, admittedly, dark and sometimes disturbing.

The high school years are a great time to introduce literature that allows for discussion of different worldviews. Some of these recommendations are a good way to do that. And some are just books your student needs to be well-read and able to discuss good literature.

Must read classics for high school

Don't forget to pick up your free literature unit studies. Most of these are for younger kids, so if you only have high schoolers, there may not be many here for you, but feel free to pass the link along.

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