The Wishing Chair is a lovely collection of three books about two children who discover a magical chair that can fly and grant wishes. They go on amazing adventures and visit fantastical places like the Land of Wishes and the Land of Dreams, and they even help Santa deliver presents. I love that these stories appeal to a child’s sense of adventure and fantasy without introducing scary or inappropriate subject matter. They are just timeless, sweet stories that are full of the stuff that kids dream about. We first read them when my son was five but I think kids of all ages would love them.
Geography is one of those subjects that we touched on in kindergarten and then have covered sporadically since then. I still remember the kindergarten geography lesson. I printed out a series of pages – one with a picture of the solar system, one with just Earth, one with North America and then the United States, then our state, our county, our city and our neighborhood. We reviewed it a bunch of times until I was sure that my son understood our place in this big wide world. And of course we sang The Continent Song. Then that was that.
I have a friend who is preparing to homeschool her two kids, and she recently asked me what curriculum I use for science. I immediately panicked and thought, “Oh crap . . . science! I don’t have a curriculum for that at all.” But after I calmed down a bit, I realized that we actually do a lot of science. It’s probably my son’s favorite subject after art.