Today was one of those days that make me love homeschooling, and of all things it was brought about by a language lesson.
We study most subjects together as a family (basically anything but math and reading) but since I love history we spend a disproportionate amount of time on it. Lately I have been trying to fit in a language arts lesson but would postpone it because the children would request something else. Today I was determined to do it. As is usual in our home, I only had a vague idea as to what I wanted to cover. I wanted to do something with poetry, but I didn’t know what. Over the weekend I had been reminded that the poem Oh Captain, My Captain was written in tribute to Abraham Lincoln (whom we had studied last week). I thought it might make a good bridge from history to literature but I was too lazy to try and print out a copy. Instead I grabbed What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know (which is a book series I will tell you about in a future post) and opened it up to the literature section.
What did I open it to but Oh Captain, My Captain! Providence, I say!
I grabbed Brian Cleary’s Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk off of our bookshelf. We each gave examples of different similes and metaphors often used today.
Imagery, Simile’s and Metaphors.
Which led us to…