Busy hands equal growing brains, and that is why I am so excited to share Doodle Lit with you! Doodle Lit introduces kids to classic literature in a fun, hands-on way! Doodle Lit is the coolest book, I am so excited about it! Doodle Lit is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I think you’re going to love it as much as I do.
A long time ago, I believe I was in 9th grade, I was forced to take a home economics class at school. Half of the semester was spent sewing a drawstring bag and half was learning how to make boxed macaroni and cheese.
I was sooooo bored. My mom had taught me to sew years earlier and my macaroni game was already on point. Yes, I’m sure I was somewhat disruptive in class but I knew where the line was and how to push to but not over it.
And then came the day when I walked into class and was told to report immediately to the principal’s office. When I got there imagine how upset I was to learn why I was to be punished with after-school detention…I DOODLED ON A QUIZ. How dare I doodle a tree and a batman symbol on the back of a quiz about how macaroni and cheese is cooked. I mean come on, it was a boxed mix, how hard is that? I was bored and being forced to learn something I already knew, and now I was being punished for it.
That experience is one of the ones that led me to consider homeschooling when my husband suggested it just over twenty years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and we were talking about school options and while I wasn’t yet convinced, I knew I didn’t want our kids to be punished for already knowing the material they were being presented. Oh, and I didn’t want them to be punished for the way their brain works either.
See, I’m still a doodler. I doodle when I’m bored, when I’m thinking, when I’m taking notes, when I’m having a phone conversation…doodling helps me stay connected with what I’m doing. I’ve long known that busy hands equal growing brains, even if the schools don’t appreciate it!
Skills Learned with Doodle Lit
Doodle Lit is a book full of guided doodles based on classic literature. Featuring little-discussed characters, varied art styles, and open-ended guidelines, Doodle Lit engages parts of your child’s brain that are often dormant during reading.
Review of Doodle Lit
Doodle Lit is half-writing prompt, half intro to classic literature, and all fun. The idea behind the book is to introduce your child to pieces of classic literature and their authors by encouraging your child to doodle creatively.
- Here are the authors and books covered:
- Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice (Book/Audiobook)
- William Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet (Book/Audiobook)
- Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre (Book/Audiobook)
- Bram Stoker – Dracula (Book/Audiobook)
- Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Book/Audiobook)
- Herman Melville – Moby-Dick (Book/Audiobook)
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Homles (Book/Audiobook)
- Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights (Book/Audiobook)
- Mark Twain – Huckleberry Finn (Book/Audiobook)
- Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book (Book/Audiobook)
- Lewis Carroll – Through the Looking Glass (Book/Audiobook)
- Leo Tolstoy – War & Peace (Book/Audiobook)
Each section contains a short introduction of the author, their signature, copies of doodles done by the author (how cool, right?!?!), and pages of guided writing and doodling. The guided pages are really great; Doodle Lit gives just enough guidance to really get your child thinking about what they’re reading, but not so much that your child’s creativity is stifled.
Take a look at these photos and then watch as I walk you through the book:
The Mark Twain section contains a sketch of a maybe, sorta kinda naked woman, which some people may find offensive but we didn’t see a problem with it. I especially like the quote they picked (the original quote is “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”)
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book provided the inspiration for this doodle that my daughter especially liked.
Word searches aren’t exactly doodles, but they are fun and help kids with reading comprehension!
The rats featured in Stoker’s Dracula will guide your child through one of the many guided writing activities in Doodle Lit!
Do you want to see Doodle Lit for yourself? Check out my live broadcast featuring the book!
(and yes, those are my actual, real-life kids, in my real-life messy house. Homeschooling is real, y’all!)
Ages: 8+ (I think it’s best for middle & high school)
Get it: Doodle Lit at Amazon
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Meg Grooms is a decades-long secular homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle, currently calling Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.