For the last two weeks we’ve been doing a Beyond FIAR unit on Helen Keller. E10 and R8 are doing this together. Originally, it was to be a family unit study but as mentioned in the Mike Mulligan post, I decided I-6 shouldn’t miss some of the best FIAR titles now that he is older.
So far we’ve had the chance to study the eye and the ear and a little bit with sound. The kids fought over who could finish reading the book first. This biography of Ms. Keller is rather short and they grew impatient with the “read by the chapter” format. I gave in and let them read it to the end by themselves. R8 had already read a different biography of Helen Keller and she had some profound thoughts on how the perspective from which each book was written was different.
I plan to continue on with the Helen Keller unit through to the 23rd. We’ll have the chance to talk about some geography, some history while adding to our general timeline and our timeline of Helen’s life. Plus, we want to find out about Braille and the man behind it. After all, we have to find out how Helen read since she could not see. She loved her books.
Our read aloud right now is The Door in the Wall which is about a noble boy in the middle ages who was to be a page to a knight. Instead, he falls ill and ends up disabled. There will be adventure in the book as well as the compassion of a teacher and the determination of a young person. Lots of parallels to Helen Keller. I happened to pick it up at my favorite consignment shop on Saturday. Love it when stuff comes together like that.by