Owen and I have been working out of two books by Susan Wise Bauer. She is well-known in the homeschooling community for her fantastic works Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind. We do both of these ever day in our schooling.
In Writing With Ease, you have a narration day where you read a passage to your child and ask them to answer back a list of questions.
This week we focused on passages from Alice in Wonderland. And here is what Owen wrote when asked what he liked about the passage.
"I liked that he was smoking the hookah."
Awesome. The lesson had us explain what a hookah was before the reading. I think he mostly liked it because he said it looked neat in the picture. So then we had a nice teachable moment about how even if something looks cool, or that kids will pressure you to do it to be cool, that you still shouldn't do things that are bad for you like smoking. Even if it's out of a cool looking hookah!