Tonight we finished up The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which Catherine decided was the best book in the series so far. Last night when we were back a few chapters I read a bit about an albatross that flew around the Dawn Treader and mentioned that there was a National Geographic with an article on Albatrosses in the living room and that we should read it the next day.
Today we read it and were more then a little stunned by what we learned. I won't write about it all here but I will mention that we now think Albatrosses are absolutely amazing creatures. In the article was a mention of Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I happen to have an absolutely beautiful Folio edition (seriously, they make gorgeous books) and so we read that. Or rather I read while Catherine swooped and turned and dove around the living room (Harry listened from his bed).
It was such a great homeschooling experience. A reference in a piece of fiction took us to a science article and then to a celebrated poem.
My voice is dead and my writing sucks because I'm dead tired but I had to post about it.
Three hours of reading in a day is the kind of thing we can only do because the kids are home. I love it.