The LITClub book is the result of ten years of experience reading and enjoying the classics with parents and their children. LITClub isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill book club. While a literature club and a book club have things in common, LITClub is so much more. In both, you read books, share meals, and enjoy book conversations. However, that is where the similarities part ways. The type of books read, plus a collection of helpful tools set The LITClub apart from the traditional book club model.
LITClub is designed to increase reading enjoyment by covertly improving reading comprehension through literary lessons, project presentations, book conversations, a worksheet called the Focus Paper, vocabulary lists, and a themed meal. Each classic title provided in The LITClub incorporates these ready-made tools, prepared for you, to make your job easy.
The other distinguishing quality in LITClub is that we read the classics. In the strictest sense, a classic book comes from the classical period — a broad term for a long period of cultural history centered on the Mediterranean Sea, comprising the interlocking civilizations of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, collectively known as the Greco-Roman world. It is the period in which Greek and Roman society flourished and wielded great influence throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, according to Wikipedia.
LITClub defines classic books differently. We define them as books that are commonly thought of as classical literature, even if the book wasn’t written in the Greco-Roman world. The classics, as we define them, have been read and passed down for decades, even centuries.
The classics are old books, but they aren’t old stories. They’re full of love and romance, like Les Misérables and Pride and Prejudice. Mysteries and adventure stories, like Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Lord of the Rings, are common genres in classical literature as we define it. Of course, drama is sprinkled throughout the stories written from ancient to modern times. If you like historical novels, then you won’t be disappointed when you read The LITClub classics. You’ll even have the opportunity to read murder mysteries, if that’s your favorite genre. We’ll read Murder in the Cathedral, by T. S. Eliot, and Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a magnificent book that I would never have read if it weren’t for LITClub.
The LITClub shows parents how to enjoy the classics with their children and friends. The unique model provides you with six tools all designed to increase your child’s reading pleasure and comprehension. However, the book is organized in a way that makes it easy for you to design a club to fit your desires. You pick and choose the tools that you want to use in your club. The parent who wants an extra-curricular, fun activity for her child may choose to use the themed meal and book discussion for her club. Whereas, the homeschool mom might want to use all six tools for a well-rounded, complete language arts curriculum that will allow her to use the same curriculum for all of her children.
Whether you plan to design your club as a fun gathering, or for your schooling needs, The LITClub has all the tools prepared for you.
Here is what this book includes:
Part I explains the reasons LITClub is desirable, and what parents and kids can expect to gain from it.
Part II defines the tools available to the LITClub parent/facilitator and child, including explanations and samples.
Part III provides you with everything you need to facilitate four LITClub meetings, including complete, ready-made materials, minimizing the prep time for the facilitator, so that all she has to do is show up and enjoy an evening with her friends.
The Appendix includes links to classic book titles, helpful resources, definitions of literary terms, an explanation of classical education, and a print packet with all the forms the facilitator will need and all the worksheets for the children who attend.
LITClub is the perfect solution for the family who is looking to build a tight-knit group of friends for their kids to bond with during high school, or a playgroup for their younger children. If increased interest in reading or the fulfillment of English requirements is a goal, The LITClub can help. An added bonus is that the kids and parents alike soak up the classics, expanding their critical thinking skills through conversations and project presentations.
If you want your children to read the classics, enjoy the process, and become stronger thinkers, then buy your copy of The LITClub today!