A literature-based learning approach uses real, or living, books instead of relying on textbooks or computer screens. The highly academic approach has been primarily utilized by the homeschool community and is finally available to virtual students. Some of the benefits include:
Literature-based Learning Naturally Improves Reading and Communication Skills
A textbook approach to History or Science may contribute to general knowledge, but a literature-based approach builds skills that can be applied to real life.
BookShark programs schedule as many as thirty books per year. The reading volume alone naturally improves reading speed and comprehension. In addition to daily student reading, BookShark includes Read-alouds, where parents read aloud to their students. This intimate interaction builds student listening skills and vocabulary. All reading and History assignments are followed by open ended discussion questions, where parents and students discuss what was learned. This interaction builds communication skills.
Regardless of what students choose to do in the future, strong communication skills are essential. And in a world where people tend to talk at others instead of communicating with them, students who learn through the literature-based approach will likely stand out as thoughtful, intelligent communicators.
Literature-based Learning Naturally Improves Writing Skills
While textbooks have multiple writers, literature is written by one person who is passionate about the story they are telling. This is true whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Charlotte Mason (a British educator) called these living books.
Because of this feature of living books, students are not only learning about the information or story in the book, but they are also learning how authors craft their writing. They absorb writing skills naturally from those who do it best.
Stories Give Context
We remember stories better than dry facts. There are times for memorizing facts like multiplication tables. But without context, facts have little meaning whether they are about history, grammar, or geography.
When you use a literature-based approach, you are giving meaning to the facts.
Benefits of a Virtual, Literature-based Program
BookShark’s Virtual platform provides students the opportunity to spend their valuable learning time reading and discussing engaging books. Students spend limited time in front of a screen and only need to login to a computer the final minutes of the day to take short assessments, track their progress, and communicate with their teacher.
BookShark has offered literature-based homeschool for eight years and we are excited to make it available to virtual students.
To learn more or find out how you can sample BookShark Virtual courses, please fill out the contact information below.