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📖 Homeschool Language & Literature (Post Archives)
Thou hast taught me, Silent River!
Many a lesson, deep and long;
Thou hast been a generous giver;
I can give thee but a song.
A collection of great homeschool teaching ideas, resources, and little lessons on language, literature, and poetry from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Add your name to our free River Houses mailing list to get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox every week, and print your own homeschool poetry calendar for the whole year on our main River Houses calendar page. 😊
❡ Here, said the year: This collection of Language & Literature posts also includes our regular series of Homeschool Poems-of-the-Week. 🖋
“As from the East th’ illustrious King of Day, / With rising Radiance drives the Shades away, / So Freedom comes array’d with Charms divine, / And in her Train Commerce and Plenty shine.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Phillis Wheatley, for independent America.)
“Not gold but only men can make / A people great and strong.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from William Ralph Emerson, for Independence Day.)
“How do you like to go up in a swing, / Up in the air so blue?” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Robert Louis Stevenson, for summer.)
“A whisper, and then a silence: / Yet I know by their merry eyes / They are plotting and planning together / To take me by surprise.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Longfellow, for Father’s Day.)
“Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, / In full glory reflected now shines on the stream — / ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave / O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Francis Scott Key, for Flag Day.)
“Loudly sing, cuckoo!” (Our ancient homeschool poem-of-the-week, anonymously, for the arrival of summer.)
“A beauteous type of that unchanging good, / That bright eternal beacon, by whose ray / The voyager of time should shape his heedful way.” (An extra homeschool poem-of-the-week, from William Cullen Bryant, for Polaris, our Great Star for the month of May.)
“Bind me not to the pasture, chain me not to the plow, / Set me free to find my calling and I’ll return to you somehow.” (Our poem-of-the-week, from Marta Keen, for homeschool graduation season and the beginning of summer.)
Get some fun and easy writing ideas for aspiring homeschool writers from young-adult author Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress.
“Weeds triumphant ranged / Strangers strolled and spelled / At the lone Orthography / Of the Elder Dead.” (An extra homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Emily Dickinson, for Memorial Day.)
“Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! / The thoughts of men shall be / As sentinels to keep / Your rest from danger free.” (Little homeschool lessons in literature, history, geography, and music, for the Memorial Day weekend.)