This blog post is the next in a series written by Marlin Detweiler to explain the Veritas Approach to subjects in your child's Classical education. We invite you to read the entire series as we publish it each week on our blog in the coming months. If after reading the post you find you have any questions, please contact our service department for more information.
Reading great literature is an important part of a child’s education at Veritas. Reading literature that has endured the test of time, the classics, is important for many reasons:
Children love learning from the rich stories of the past. At Veritas, they will learn to love language and expression, they will understand the art of storytelling. Children who are immersed in good literature as young children develop creative minds and an enjoyment of lifelong reading. Who doesn’t remember Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, and The Chronicles of Narnia with great fondness?
Kindergarten and first grade start slowly and build as students mature. By second grade, they’ll read about 10 books a year. Most are children’s classic literature. Veritas’s comprehension guides are used to teach children how to read for comprehension, fluency, learn how to discern the plot, who the characters are, and much more. Most of all, literature courses inspire a love of reading. Fun, hands on projects are used to help inculcate such a love.
The literature program is enhanced by students’ accelerated mastery of language through studies in Latin and Grammar and Writing. These advantages translate into reading books earlier than many of their peers and before many educators think possible.
This benefit is further leveraged as they move beyond grammar school and into studying the Great Books through the Omnibus curriculum.
When you think about it, literature, even for the young student, is much more than just reading.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
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