Literature for your older students is easy. They read Hamlet or The Scarlet Letter or Middlemarch or The Odyssey and on and on. Shakespeare can be difficult for them as can many of the “classics,” but this is where literature for your youngest students can play a big part in their futures.
The old myths and stories in their full forms for the majority of 6, 8 or 10 year-olds would be difficult and boring. The last thing any of us want to do in those early years is bore our children with learning. Education should be fun and interesting. Of course there is classic children’s literature and those too are easy choices. But we don’t want our youngest students to miss out on some of the greatest literature ever written because the writing is beyond their reach. What to do?
The solution we chose for our son was to read him the classics in abridged form at an early age. The greatest stories work for almost any age if they are put in a form that your children will understand. This also helps them in their high school years: being familiar with the story of Hamlet will help when reading Shakespeare’s full version for the first time.
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Great Literature for Children
Below are some examples found in Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books. Clicking any book will take you to Amazon.com to view the book.